Seven Liberty County junior and senior 4-H members competed at the Southeast District Project Achievement competition Feb. 8-10 in Eatonton.
Youth from 38 counties within the district gathered for the annual competition as part of the Georgia 4-H base programming. Youth choose from more than 50 project areas, ranging from food science to arts and crafts. In order to compete, students had to compile a portfolio of their project work, leadership experiences, community-service projects and 4-H activities of the previous year. During the competition, 4-Hers presented a demonstration about any topic or showcased their talent through performing arts projects.
Junior (seventh-eighth grade) participants were Janell Bacon (first place in the housing, equipment and environment project), Mekayla Lumpkin (first place in the companion animal science project) and Sophia Rodriguez (fifth place in the performing arts vocal project).
Senior (ninth-12th grade) participants were Addison James (honorable mention in the performing arts vocal project), Nathaniel Cochran (honorable mention in the performing arts instrumental project), Courtney Kuelling (sixth place in the veterinary science project), Donnie Pulliam (first place in the human development project). As a senior winner, Pulliam will represent Liberty County at State 4-H Congress in July. He will compete against other human-development district winners for the state title and title of master 4-Her.
During the weekend, district elections were held for the junior and senior board. Sophia Rodriguez will serve as the junior board vice president for the 2013-14 year. Throughout the year, the board will plan and implement programs, weekend events and projects for Southeast District 4-H.
“We are very excited about our 4-Hers successes from this event,” said Kasey Bozeman, county 4-H agent. “It’s been quite a few years since Liberty County has had 4-H members serving on the district boards and competing at state 4-H Congress. I am so proud of all our competitors from the weekend.”
To learn more about the 4-H programming in Liberty County, call the Liberty County Extension Office at 876-2133 or email email@example.com.