Guinea pigs, healthy foods and economics were all topics presented by Liberty County 4-H’ers at the Cloverleaf District Project Achievement in Alma last month.
Sixteen Cloverleaf 4-H’ers in fourth-sixth grades competed against 332 other students from 16 other southeast Georgia counties.
“Project Achieveent is one of the core programs in Georgia 4-H,” Liberty County 4-H Agent Kasey Bozeman said. “It’s great because the kids explore topics that they choose and want to learn more about.”
The 4-H’ers presented four- to six-minute talks about any topic that interested them.
“It’s an entire process — not just an end result with a physical project,” Bozeman said. “Youth learn research skills, how to organize information, how to create effective visual aids, and then how to orally present their information to an audience.”
Participants, their topics and placings, by schools were:
Quintashia Jamison, Food for Health and Sport, first
Jaden Randall, Public Speaking, first
Molly Morrison, Outdoor Survival Skills, second
Journey Blevins, Communications, honorable mention
Delaila Marques, Public Speaking, third
Kaden Peyton, Marine and Coastal Ecology, second
Jayla Ryals: crafts, first
Tristan Thompson, Time and Money Management, first
Tatyana Dates, Companion Animal Science, first
Zoey Dates, International, third
Gabryella Dillon, Flowers, Shrubs and Lawns, second
Makayla Nash, Marine and Coastal Ecology, second
Hope Gracelyn Williams, ompanion Animal Science, first
Faith Mason, Geology, first
Skylar Braun, Marine and Coastal Ecology, honorable mention
Aniyah Hunter, Workforce Preparation and Career Development, second
Liberty County won first place for highest percentage of winners. Fourteen of the Liberty County 4-H members placed first, second or third in their project category. A grant awarded by the Coastal EMC Foundation allowed competitors to attend free of charge.
Teen leaders, 4-H members in the seventh-12th grades, attended to help chaperone. Those in attendance were Jonathan Adams, Ciara Goodmanson, Jordyn James, Seraphina Morrison, De-Quan Rogers, Sophia Rodriguez and Khalea Sapp. Adult volunteers were Aimee Bozeman and Cheynelle James. County Extension Staff in attendance were Robert Bell, Kasey Bozeman and Gypsy James.
Students ages 9-19 can participate in Project Achievement, and the 4-H staff is already preparing for next year’s contest. “We are eager and excited to continue to grow the program and see our 4-H’ers excel,” says Bozeman. “This 4-H competition really allows young people to develop much-needed life skills, such as research, writing, and public speaking.
We are so thankful for our parents, teen leaders, volunteers, and Coastal EMC for supporting this event. These opportunities can be such a positive experience for a young person.” For more information about Liberty County 4-H, you can contact Bozeman at 876-2133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.