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Five 4-H’ers moving on to State Congress

On June 1, 20 local 4-H’ers in grades seven through 12 competed at District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Sixteen of those 4-H’ers came home as first, second, or third place winners with five advancing to State 4-H Congress.

Senior first place winners were: Wallee Kersey in Veterinary Science; Grace McBride in Plant & Soil Science; Samuel McBride in Outdoor Recreation; Savannah Reynolds in History; and Jack Williams in Forest Resources and Wood Science.

These 4-H’ers will be attending State 4-H Congress in July, where they will compete with youth from around the state in their respective project areas for Master 4-H status.

Senior 4-H’ers are those in grades nine through 12.

Junior first place winners were: Lauren Sapp in Crafts; Yasmin Rios in Public Speaking; and Spencer Lawrence in Sheep & Meat Goats. These 4-H’ers are in grades seven and eight.

Second place winners were: Marshall Amerson in Senior Target Sports; Sarah Beth Kersey in Senior Workforce Preparation & Career Development; Kristen Mulrooney in 7th Grade Swine; Jacob McBride in 8th Grade Outdoor Recreation; and Nataleigh Belcher in 8th Grade Swine.

Third place winners were: Jose Hernandez in Senior Fruits, Nuts & Vegetables; Parker Frederick in 8th Grade Dog Care; and Morgan Terry in 7th Grade Sports.

Other competitors placing well in their projects included AnnaKade Clemens in Senior Health; Rylie Rowland in Senior Food for Health & Sport; Megan Terry in Senior Health, and Chloe Mulrooney in Senior Sports.

4-H Project Achievement is a cornerstone of the Georgia 4-H program. To compete in this event, 4-H’ers pick a project area of interest, complete project work in that area throughout the year, then research a specific topic, write a presentation, and present it to a judging panel. The seventh through 12th grade competition process also includes submitting a portfolio for written work. For Senior 4-H’ers, district winners also have the opportunity to compete at the state level to become a Master 4-H’er and attend State Congress. State then winners advance to National Congress.

For more information about Emanuel County 4-H and how you can get involved, call the UGA Extension Office at 478-237-1226 or visit the office at 129 North Anderson Drive in Swainsboro.

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