Project Achieve­ment Sign-Ups Go­ing On Now

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Project Achieve­ment is an in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion in which where 4-H’ers in 4th grade and above ex­plore an area of in­ter­est, cre­ate a pre­sen­ta­tion about the topic along with vis­ual aids, and then share the pre­sen­ta­tion with oth­ers at com­pe­ti­tion. There are nearly 60 project ar­eas in which youth can com­pete, with al­most ev­ery topic of in­ter­est avail­able, in­clud­ing sub­jects such as an­i­mals, health, per­form­ing arts, cook­ing, sci­ence, hob­bies, arts, and sports. Project Achieve­ment is a cor­ner­stone pro­gram of 4-H that in­creases a 4-H’er’s con­fi­dence, en­hances their pub­lic speak­ing, ré­sumé -writ­ing, and in­ter­view­ing skills, and of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to earn col­lege schol­ar­ships.

There are three lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion: Clover­leaf, for 4th-6th graders; Ju­nior, for 7th and 8th graders; and Se­nior, for 9th-12th graders. For Clover­leaf 4-H’ers, Project Achieve­ment will be held at Georgia High­lands in Rome on Fe­bru­ary 3, 2018 and pre­sen­ta­tions last ap­prox­i­mately five min­utes. With funds from United Way of Gor­don County cov­er­ing the cost of par­tic­i­pa­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion is free to en­ter, and stu­dents will be pro­vided trans­porta­tion and lunch. Also, all poster and note­card ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided by Gor­don County 4-H to stu­dents at no cost. Ju­nior and Se­nior 4-H’ers will com­pete at Rock Ea­gle 4-H Cen­ter in Ea­ton­ton from March 2-4, 2018, with pre­sen­ta­tion lengths of ap­prox­i­mately 10 and 12 min­utes, re­spec­tively. In ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, Ju­nior and Se­nior 4-H’ers must also sub­mit a port­fo­lio de­tail­ing their project work and com­mu­nity ser­vice and lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ences over the past year, sim­i­lar to a ré­sumé. The com­pe­ti­tion is also free to stu­dents due to United Way of Gor­don County fund­ing, and stu­dents will be pro­vided trans­porta­tion, meals, and lodg­ing. Also, all port­fo­lio, poster, and note­card ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided by Gor­don County 4-H at no cost. Se­nior 4-H’ers win­ning at the district level will ad­vance to state com­pe­ti­tion in July and have the op­por­tu­nity to gain Master 4-H sta­tus, the high­est honor a 4-H’er can re­ceive. 4-H staff mem­bers will be avail­able to as­sist any youth with de­vel­op­ing their pre­sen­ta­tions and/or port­fo­lios.

Project cat­e­gories are lim­ited to a cer­tain num­ber of com­peti­tors, so Gor­don County 4-H ac­cepts reg­is­tra­tions on a first-come, first-served ba­sis. To regis­ter for the con­test, choose a project topic and con­tact the Gor­don County 4-H of­fice at 706629-8685 by Novem­ber 30 for more in­for­ma­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Caleb Carr, Gor­don County 4-H’er with state win­ning project on poul­try house ven­ti­la­tion.

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