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4-H'ers fare well in competition

POSTED: April 6, 2010 11:50 a.m.
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Alexis Johnson

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On March 20, 28 Bryan County 4-H’ers traveled to Bacon County to compete in 2010 District Project Achievement. Parents, teen-leaders, volunteers, along with the 4-H staff convoyed to the day-long competition. After weeks of researching topics, preparing speeches and posters, and practicing their demonstrations, this group returned to Bryan County with seven first place ribbons, seven second place ribbons and two third place ribbons.
Project areas ranged from art to animal care, livestock to flying an airplane, collecting dolls to building a fire without a match.
These 4-H’ers were very creative and chose demonstration areas that you would not see everyday. I am proud of the diversity in our county.
Although this was a smaller crowd than we have had participate in the last two years, the children were very prepared, had attended workshops at the 4-H office and had a lot of parental support. Some feel this may be a result of the recent rumors regarding the University of Georgia cutting 4-H from their budget. But 4-H is still in full swing. We are going to camp, we are still having club meetings, and we are currently making plans for our summer programs.
Here's how our 4-H'ers placed: Madison Blanton - 3rd, Jacob Conner – 2nd,  Kerri Hardy – 2nd, Alexis Johnson – 2nd,  Dylan Long – 2nd, Bobbie Mehlhorn – 1st, Keira Peterman – 2nd, Aaron Pope – 2nd, Jakob Romberg – 1st, Logan Scott – 1st, Dalton Sims – 3rd, Haley Smith – 2nd, Dustyn Stewart – 1st, Alayna Williams – 1st, Vanessa Wilson – 1st, Nathan Woods -1st.
After the competition, the 4-H’ers enjoyed a carnival with games and concessions hosted by Bacon County 4-H. The day ended with an awards ceremony. The 4-H Staff are extremely proud of the participants and hope that they continue to enjoy the activities offered by 4-H.
We at the Bryan County Extension/4-H Office wish to thank everyone that helped this be a successful day for the 4-H’er: Bryan County Commissioners, Bryan County Board of Education, the school bus transportation office and Mr. Roger Bacot, all of the teachers and school administration that helped students with their projects and for allowing us to be in the classrooms each month, Kristeen and Brian Wilson, Joe Davis, and all of the other parents who went to the competition with us.
I attribute much of the 4-H’ers success to the new Language Arts curriculum being used at 4-H meetings. I served on a state-wide team to design this language arts curriculum to help students meet the Georgia Performance Standards for the 5th grade. It focuses on preparing and presenting an oral presentation. By outlining and explaining each step of the process in our club meetings, students grasp the concept of public speaking and project achievement much earlier in their school career."

As Bryan County's Extension agent, Davis is head of 4-H in Bryan County.

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