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Long County 4-H hands out awards
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Long County 4-H-ers say the club pledge during an awards ceremony Thursday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County 4-H Club hosted its 2007 awards reception Thursday at the Long County High School cafeteria.
The celebration kicked off with county extension agent Robbie Jones giving the welcome.
Long County extension program assistant Lisa Overby presented awards to all who participated in the District Project Achievement competition,  grades fifth through 12th that took place at Rock Eagle Camp, in Eatonton.
Some of the more prestigious awards went to Mary Alexander, Bethany Houston, Austin Overby, Errin McGinn and Cynthia Alexander.
Mary Alexander won first place at the competition and received an Award of Excellence in fashion review. The eighth-grader made a dress as part of her project.
Houston was awarded first place and received an Award of Excellence in history.  Also, the eighth-grader won the 4-H’er of the Year award for Long County. According to Overby, the youngster attended all the events in the club throughout the year, including the clean-up day on Highway 57 and the workday of revitalizing the Harris Hughes Rose Garden in Ludowici. She is also on the archery team and one of the Junior Teen Leaders in the club.
Overby won second place in the archery safety category.  Even though the Long County High School Junior finished second, he was given an invitation to compete at the state level because of the number of competitors at the district competition. At the state level, he also garnered a second-place finish.
McGinn, who graduated last year, received the Teen Leader of the Year award for Long County. she has been a member of the 4-H Club for eight years, and received numerous awards during that time.  
Overby said McGinn attended all social and work events in the club, and was always a leader and helper to the younger members.  This was demonstrated this past summer when she was a teen leader at Rock Eagle.  
The graduate plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in the fall and major in large animal veterinarian science.
Cynthia Alexander received the Volunteer of the Year award for Long County, and according to Overby, “She is always there when you ask her, but more than just that, she is proactive, and always eager to help and make suggestions.” The mother of three girls, all in the 4-H Club, is a substitute teacher in the Long County school system and is president of the Walker Middle School PTA.
After the 4-H awards were given out, Overby recognized the sponsors and volunteers who helped out with the program, presenting them with certificates of appreciation.  
A special thanks went out to supporters Walker Middle School, Long County High School, the Long County Board of Education and the County Commissioners. She also noted Farmer and Gardeners Supply in Jesup for its financial sponsorship.
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