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Liberty 4-H'ers excel at speaking contest
4-H Cloverleaf DPA Group Photo
Twenty seven Cloverleaf 4-Hers in grades three through six competed against 264 other students from 14 other southeast Georgia counties that attend the event. - photo by Photo provided.

Aquaponics, the solar system, dancing, NFL players, and fashion were all demonstration topics presented by Liberty County 4-H members at the Cloverleaf District Project Achievement on March 21 in Alma.  
Twenty seven Cloverleaf 4-Hers in grades three through six competed against 264 other students from 14 other southeast Georgia counties that attend the event. Twenty-one of the Liberty County 4-H members placed first, second or third in their project category, highlighted by 15 first-place showings.
Liberty County also was named the first-place county for having the greatest number of participants.
A grant awarded by the Coastal EMC Foundation allowed competitors to attend free of charge.
“Project Achievement 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.”
Members of 4-H who participate in project achievement present a four- to six-minute “illustrated talk” or demonstration about any topic that interests them. Each participant has to gather information, write a speech and create visual aids, such as posters, that complement their speech’s key points.   
Participants and their placings were:

Button Gwinnett
• Stefanie Heard: Bicycle — second place

First Presbyterian Christian Academy
• Audrey Bush: Arts — honorable mention

Frank Long Elementary
• Jayla Ryals: Crafts — honorable mention

• Molly Morrison: Cat Care — first place
• Max Morrison: Freshwater Fish & Shellfish — second place

Lewis Frasier Middle
• Alaila Nichols: Forestry and Wood Science — first place
• Jared Johnson: Geology — first place

Liberty Elementary
• Faith Mason: Companion Animals — first place
• Gabryella Dillon: General Science — first place
• Treasure Payno: Performing Arts General — first place
• Zoey Dates: Rabbits — first place
• De’Vyon Carr: Sports — honorable mention
• Elauna Doto: Veterinary Science — first place

Lyman Hall Elementary
• Boya Manibusan: Herpetology — third place
• Anthony Daiello: Target Sports — third place

Snelson Golden Middle
• Jasmine Gaines: General Science — first place
• Alexis Hunter: Photography — first place
• Ati’ana Manibusan: Plants, Soils, and Fertilizers — first place

Taylors Creek Elementary
• Jordan Jenkins: Arts — honorable mention
• Raven Weaver: Clothing and Textiles — third place
• Mary Gamble: General Recreation — honorable mention
• Tammarie Church: International — third place
• Hannah Maldonado-Matos: Plants, Soils and Fertilizers — first place
• Taleia Alford: Safety — second place
• Nicholas Brown: Target Sports — first place
• Jah Beseant: Workforce Preparation and Career Development — honorable mention

Waldo Pafford
• Richard Hayes: Geology — first place

Members of 4-H in grades seven through 12 attended to help chaperone the event. Those in attendance were Jonathan Adams, Roman Buentipo, Gwendolyn Bugg, Ciara Goodmanson, Amani Jackson, Jordyn James, Seraphina Morrison, De-Quan Rogers, Nicholas Scott and Sophia Rodriguez. Adult volunteers were Robert Boatright, Aimee Bozeman, Addison James and Cheynelle James. County extension staff members in attendance were Robert Bell, Kasey Bozeman and Gypsy James.  
For more information about Liberty County 4-H, call Bozeman at 876-2133 or email

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