Project Achievement Sign-Ups Going On Now
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.
Caleb Carr, Gordon County 4-H’er with state winning project on poultry house ventilation.