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McDuffie 4-H students excel at Project Achievement event

Cloverleaf District Project Achievement was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 13; however, a snow storm postponed the event to March 27, 2010. Thirty-five McDuffie County Cloverleaf 4-H'ers traveled to Rock Eagle to participate in the rescheduled District Project Achievement event in March. McDuffie County 4-H was recognized with the "Outstanding Participation" award after having thirteen in 1st place, six in 2nd place, and six in 3rd place, with a total of 25 winners.

"They're all winners!" said Dr. Lori Purcell-Bledsoe, the Northwest District Program Development Coordinator. "It took a lot of work, practice, and preparation for each young person to prepare a presentation for this event. I'm proud of each and every one of them!"

Each fifth or sixth grade 4-H'er gave an illustrated talk or demonstration on a topic they chose. Most demonstrations last about four minutes, and the 4-H'er uses two or three posters. 4-H'ers choose from 64 different project areas to compete in with their demonstrations. Many people may think 4-H is just cows and cooking, but it's so much more than that. Today's projects include international, veterinary science, air science, computers, water conservation, photography, public speaking, creative stitchery, performing arts, and safety; just to name a few.

Cloverleaf 4-H'ers do not advance to state competitions after district level competitions; however, as 4-H'ers get older, they have the opportunity to compete at state and national competitions.

2010 Participating 4-H'ers and project areas:

Kayla Annis (Kitchen Fun), Raley Askew (Creative Stitchery), Aireion Bonner (Health), Brianna Brantley (Flowers, Shrubs, and Lawns), Gena Cody (Performing Arts -- General), Yasmine Cook (Food Fare), Da'Von Crockett (Electric/Electronics), Abbi Findley (Between Meal Snacks), Paris Franklin (Computers), Meghan Garrett (Air Science), Joshua Hadden, Jr. (Sports), Angela Harmon (Veterinary Science), Marisha Hart (Conservation and Recycling), Treasure Harvey (Performing Arts -- General), Cody Hawkins (Veterinary Science), Taylor Herrington (Food Fare), Heaven Hill (International), Kierra Hobbs (Poultry and Egg Science), Shan'Dreya Johnson (Arts), Georgia Kate Kent (Dog Care & Training), Christy Lazenby (Health), Jennah Locklear (Public Speaking), Alexia Martinez (Horse), Veronica Moore (Ocean Ecology), Karli Moss (Sports), Tytiana Murray (Photography), Caleah Neal (Food for Fitness), Shaye Patterson (Flowers, Shrubs, and Lawns), Diana Ray (Dog Care & Training), Jose Robles (Wildlife), Ray Sutton, III (Time and Money Management), Caralynn Taylor (Crafts), Morgan Wilder (Kitchen Fun), Isiah Williams (Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables), Johna Wright (Performing Arts -- Vocal)

A very special thank you goes out to all the adults and teen leaders whom supported 4-H'ers, volunteered time, and travelled with students to ensure their safety on the trip to Rock Eagle.

Those attending were: Mr. Raymond Brinkley, Mr. John Brantley, Mr. Brian and Lisa Cody, Ms. Reneé Crockett, Ms. Sandra Cruz, Mr. Joe and Bonnie Garrett, Mr. Steven Hawkins, Ms. Angela Hochell, Mr. Frank and Kathy Locklear, Ms. Brenda Moss, Mr. Eugene Williamson, Mercedes Huff, Wachovia Jones, Kori Love, and DeAsia Moon.

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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