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Long 4-H wraps up productive summer

POSTED: September 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Austin Overby and Mary Alexander participate in a cooperation activity during Long County 4-H Club's ambassador training.

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Several members of the Long County 4-H Club were recognized for their achievements.
On Aug. 16-17, Austin Overby, Mary Alexander, and Lisa Overby attended the 4-H Ambassador Training Course in Eatonton.
The training was held at the Rock Eagle 4-H Camp and it focused on teaching life skills.  The focal topics were prevention and awareness in dealing with drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage.
According to Overby, who is the county’s program assistant, each of the attendees made a one year commitment to share what they learned in their club, school, and community.
Each participate is now required to do twelve activities over the next year, with six focusing on education and the other six focusing on team activities.
Alexander and Austin Overby are students at Long County High School.
Austin Overby also competed at the State Congress competition in Atlanta.  The event was held on July 22-25, and he finished in second place.
Overby competed in the safety project area, with a focus in archery safety.  He won the district level and became eligible to attend the state competition.
The Long County 4-H Club hosted team leader training on July 31.  The eight-hour “Team Leaders Leading for Life” workshop was held behind the courthouse. Participants seventh-grade through nineth-grade students from Long and Liberty counties.
Two of the areas covered during the training were how to handle conflicts and how to work with others.
Attending the course was Kelly Shepard, Sierra Blanchard, Mary Alexander, Daniel Middleton, Megan Gaud, Tori Cooper, Kayla Jenkins, Emily Adams, Megan Alexander, Amber DeLoach, Seirra Fernandez, Kaitlyn Walker, Jessica Shanken.
The Long County 4-H Club was also recognized at the Southeast District 4-H annual meeting held in Bulloch County.
The club was recognized as having the third-highest number of campers at the event, a notable accomplishment given Long County’s estimated population of about 13,000.
Long 4-H was recognized for having a “333 percent-participant rate”, far surpassing the number of expected participants.
According to state guidlines, for the club’s size and the county’s population, the required adequate participates were six. Long County 4-H Club took 20 to the event.
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