2008-12-11 / News

Wilkes County 4-Hers compete in District Project Achievement

4-H'ers and teen leaders attending DPA included (front row, l-r) Tyler Jones, Shannon Thackston, Ashlyn Holley, Emily Connell, Ryan Jones, Jackson Armour, (second row) Chance Stickney, Catie Miller, Megan Thackston, Brittany Klaus, (third row) Michael Edwards, Jaccob Hubbard, (back) Kathleen Storrin, Rebekah Hubbard, Elizabeth McLeroy, Andrea Hill, and Cody McLeroy. 4-H'ers and teen leaders attending DPA included (front row, l-r) Tyler Jones, Shannon Thackston, Ashlyn Holley, Emily Connell, Ryan Jones, Jackson Armour, (second row) Chance Stickney, Catie Miller, Megan Thackston, Brittany Klaus, (third row) Michael Edwards, Jaccob Hubbard, (back) Kathleen Storrin, Rebekah Hubbard, Elizabeth McLeroy, Andrea Hill, and Cody McLeroy. Thirteen Wilkes County Cloverleaf 4-H'ers traveled to Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton to participate in District Project Achievement (DPA) on November 22. Ten of the 4-H'ers placed first through third in their project area. Wilkes County received a plaque for highest percentage of winners.

First place 4-H'ers included Cody McLeroy, Between Meal Snacks; Ashlyn Holley, Dog Care and Training; Megan Thackston, Food Fare; Andrea Hill, Horse; and Rebekah Hubbard; Sheep and Meat Goats. Second place winners were Kathleen Storrin, Archeology; Shannon Thackston, Food Fare; and Ryan Jones, Public Speaking. Those placing third included Elizabeth McLeroy, Companion Animal; and Emily Connell, Dog Care and Training. Honorable Mention went to Tyler Jones, History; Jackson Armour, History; and Catie Miller, Target Sports.

"They're all really winners," said Audra Chapman, County Extension Agent (CEA). "It took a lot of work and practice for each young person to prepare for this event." Each fifth or sixth grade 4-H'er gave an illustrated talk or demonstration on topic they chose. Three competitors prepared food in food lab demonstrations.

4-H'ers chose from 63 project areas for their demonstrations. Project areas included international, veterinary science, air science, computers, water conservation, photography, public speaking, plant and soils, performing arts, safety, agriculture awareness, poultry, beef, sports, etc.

Competition for Cloverleaf 4-H'ers ends at district competition, but it prepares them for more advanced competition as they get older. In Wilkes County, competing at Cloverleaf Project Achievement earns 4-H'ers an invitation to and recognition at the 4-H Annual Awards Banquet. They also receive ten Bulldog Bucks and a reward trip to Athens for an evening of bowling.

Volunteers, teen leaders, and Extension Office staff helped 4-H'ers prepare for DPA and some attended the event with the youth. Teen leaders Michael Edwards, Brittany Klaus, Amanda Wood, Jonathan Wood, Chance Stickney, and Jacob Hubbard helped 4.H fer after school with speeches and posters.

Audra Chapman, CEA; Rick Smith, CEC; and Jackie Crew, CEPA attended the contest. Tina McLeroy attended as an adult volunteer and helped judge projects. Parents as well as friends went to Rock Eagle to watch their 4-H'er compete. Teen leaders attending the event were Michael Edwards, Brittany Klaus, Jacob Hubbard, and Chance Stickney.

4-H started in 1905 with corn clubs for boys and tomato clubs for girls. Since then, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's 4-H and Youth program has helped thousands of Georgia youth learn by doing to make their best better.

Contact the Wilkes County Extension Office at 706.678.2332 for more information about 4-H programs in the area.

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