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Long 4-Hers compete, visit capitol
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Long County competitors at the District Achievement Competition in Eatonton were, back from left, Delton Ray, Justin Bustle, Hawkeye Lynn, Kayla Jenkins, Taylor Burnside, Mary Cooper and Jaidha Buhoveckey. Front, Mohammed Al-Hamad, Aaron Thacker, Breana Harmon, Long County 4-H program coordinator Lisa Overbey, Brittany Aughtman and Brittany DeLoach. - photo by Photo provided.

Twelve students from Long County recently competed in 4-H competitions in Eatonton.  
The students competed in the annual district project-achievement competition that was held at Rock Eagle Camp on Feb. 8-10.  The 10 Walker Middle School students were Brittany DeLoach, Aaron Thacker, Jaidha Buhoveckey, Brittany Aughtman, Mary Cooper, Mohammed Al-Hamad, Breana Harmon, Taylor Burnside, Justin Bustle and Delton Ray.  The two Long County High School students were Hawkeye Lynn and Kayla Jenkins. The competitors received four first-place awards and three third-place ribbons.  
The district project event wraps up the level of competition for the middle-school kids, but the high-school competitors now progress to the state 4-H Congress competition.  Jenkins won her division and will compete for a state title in July.  At this four-day event, she will be recognized for her project called “Food Fare.”
“The Long County 4-H staff would like to congratulate all 4-H members and their families who worked so hard to be a part of this year’s District Project Achievement effort,” Long County 4-H coordinator Lisa Overbey said.
Earlier in the month, 11 4-Hers attended the Leadership Day on Feb. 4 at the Capitol in Atlanta. The event, which was sponsored by the Department of Community Affairs, provides students with the opportunity to listen to state leaders talk about good leadership traits and skills.
Long County students in attendance were Taylor Burnside, Mary Cooper, Justin Bustle, Breana Harmon, Delton Ray, Brittany Aughtman, Kelsey Jubinville, Mohammed Al-Hamad, Jaidha Buhoveckey, Hawkeye Lynn and Justin Lynn. According to Overbey, more than 500 students from all over the state attended.
The students also toured the Capitol and viewed the legislative process in action. The Long County students met with 3rd District Sens. William Ligon and Jeff Chapmen.

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