4-H’ers compete in project achievement, receive awards
by Ashley Witcher
May 22, 2014 08:59 PM | 1873 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ashley Witcher
Ashley Witcher
4-H Project Achievement is a self-directed individual competition. Youth, starting from age 9, have the opportunity to explore an area of interest and share their knowledge through a public speaking competition designed to meet youth development and age appropriate standards.

Projects are offered in more than 50 different program areas with nearly every topic of interest or educational area available for exploration and presentation from performing arts and cooking to robotics and dog care. The purpose of 4-H Project Achievement is to provide an educational experience and give recognition for outstanding accomplishments in 4-H work.

Each student selected a project area, produced a speech, posters and visual aids supporting his or her project. Cloverleaf 4-H’ers in fourth through sixth grades create a five minute speech, Junior 4-H’ers in seventh and eighth grades present an eight-minute speech, and Senior 4-H’ers present a 10 to 12-minute speech. At Project Achievement, students presented their demonstrations to a panel of judges. Junior and Senior 4-H’ers also completed a portfolio which detailed their project work, leadership, community service, citizenship and other activities throughout the year. Portfolios were judged before Project Achievement, and those scores were combined with their demonstration scores to get an overall score.

Twenty Junior and Senior 4-H’ers participated in Project Achievement, March 7 to 9, at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. Cherokee County 4-H’ers joined 635 other 4-H’ers from 37 Northwest Georgia counties for the competition. Northwest District Board member Kyle Jones of Cherokee High School helped organize and lead the weekend. Northwest District Board members are elected by their peers from 37 different counties in our district. Each year 40 to 60 4-H’ers run for eight spots. Kyle is currently serving his term on the Board of Directors. Other 4-H’ers that attended DPA were: Danielle Adamson (performing arts instrumental), Nicole Adamson (performing arts general, 2nd place), Emily Barbee (better breakfast, 2nd), Autumn Barber (crafts, 2nd), Kelsey Bryant (performing arts vocal), Sarah Buelow (wildlife), Savannah Carmichael (performing arts general, 3rd), Erin Church (pizza, 3rd), Sophia Clark (pizza, 1st), Spencer Clark (sports, 1st), Taylor Cowart (food safety and preservation), Jordan Dillard (arts and crafts), Lukas Freeman (performing arts general), Amanda Johnson (sports), Matthew Johnson (computers), Kevin Jones (sports), Kyle Jones (food for fitness), Bella Lindeborg (food for health & sport, 1st), Reece Richardson (history) and Alivia Roberts (entomology, 3rd).

On March 29 to 30, 32 fourth- through sixth-grade 4-H’ers from12 different schools participated in project achievement at Fairplay Middle School in Douglas County. 4-H’ers also enjoyed a fun overnight trip to Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton where they enjoyed a campfire with s’mores, an outdoor movie and environmental education classes. Cloverleaf 4-H’ers included: Anna Acosta, Mckinley Blanton, Magi Busby, Heather Carmichael, JeriAnn Carmichael, Bailey Collins, Morgan Conner, Melody Craig, Cole Fowler, Riley Goodman, Sarai Jackson, Brady Jones, Addi Kilgore, Macey Lawson, Megan Lawson, Sydney Little, Isabel Marble, Kate McConnell, Audrey Mullen, Nicole Ortega, Arianna Patterson, Bailey Phillips, Grace Reynolds, Hannah Rowe, Destiny Shepard, Ella Simpson, Becky Snow, Alexa Suazo, Callie Venable, Caroline Ventress, Kirk Wilkerson and Madie Woods.

On April 8 , 82 4-H’ers were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year at the annual 4-H Awards Reception. 4-H’ers who participated in project achievement, shooting sports (BB, air rifle and archery), horse quiz bowl, horse show, consumer and wildlife judging were awarded certificates and project pins. Eighteen 4-H volunteers were also recognized for their hard work throughout the year. 4-H donors were on hand to accept awards including Tractor Supply Company in Free Home who helped raise $621 for Cherokee County 4-H through the paper clover campaign. 4-H teacher of the year was awarded to Kathy Marble from Knox Elementary School for her outstanding contributions to the local 4-H program. 4-H’ers of the year awards went to Renee Adamson and Grace Reynolds (cloverleaf 4-H’ers), Lukas Freeman (junior 4-H’er) and Danielle Adamson and Kyle Jones (senior 4-H’ers). Three graduating seniors were recognized for their participation and awarded scholarships including Nicole Adamson, Amanda Johnson and Amanda Rogers.

We would like to congratulate all of our club members. In Cherokee County, 4-H is supported by The University of Georgia and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.

Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website, www.caes.uga.edu/extension/cherokee ; or contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Suite G49, Canton, GA, 30114, 770-721-7803. The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is a volunteer training program offered through county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Follow Cherokee County Master Gardeners on facebook at www.facebook.com/cherokeemastergardeners for gardening tips as well as upcoming seminars.

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