New­ton 4-H’ers take top project honors

The Covington News - - Education - TERRI KIM­BLE COLUM­NIST

As I wrote my col­umn last week at Rock Ea­gle dur­ing Ju­nior Se­nior 4H Project Achieve­ment, one 4-H’er walked by, clearly up­set.

She put away her posters and props, then re­turned to tell me about her project.

The 4-H’er was sure her project had not been long enough and was wor­ried she might have said “umm.”

Hav­ing seen her prac­tice and de­velop the project over the last two years, how­ever, I knew she had put a lot of time and re­search into her project, and had a solid demon­stra­tion.

Like many other 4H’ers, she se­lected a topic she was fa­mil­iar with, but in­stead of lim­it­ing her­self to things she al­ready knew, she read and re­searched the de­tailed his­tory to give a very thor­ough talk.

Her gram­mar and pro­nun­ci­a­tion are im­pec­ca­ble, and the speech has been prac­ticed un­til I was fairly cer­tain there was no chance she had re­ally blown the en­tire project.

How­ever, she was right to re­al­ize the com- pe­ti­tion was fierce, with 11 com­peti­tors vy­ing for first.we talked about the strengths of her project, how she’d pre­pare for next year, and what she liked about the other projects, and all was well again on the sur­face.

I say “on the sur­face” be­cause I’m sure she was just as anx­ious as I was to see how she’d re­ally placed.

Af­ter win­ning my own project years ago, I was re­lieved to never have to live through that ex­pe­ri­ence again… only to take a job where I’m wait­ing on dozens of re­sults each year just as ner­vously.

The ju­niors, sev­enth and eighth grade stu­dents, learned their project re­sults on Satur­day evening.

We could scarcely be­lieve it as not one, not two, but all five of our Ju­niors placed.

First place honors went to Ka­cie Gart­ner, a Lib­erty Mid­dle sev­enth grader in phys­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal and earth sci­ences, and Makenzy Mc­cord, a sev­enth grade home school stu­dent in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions project.

Ju­niors win­ning sec­ond were Tif­fany Shreve, a sev­enth grade Ge­or­gia Cy­ber Academy stu­dent in the crafts project, and Mal­lori John­son, a Cousins Mid­dle eighth grader in the arts project.

Sev­enth grader Kara Gart­ner of Lib­erty Mid­dle earned third in ve­teri­nary sci­ence.

Next up was the an­nounce­ment of ju­niors elected to the dis­trict board of di­rec­tors.

Makenzy Mc­cord was elected and in­stalled on Satur­day night as one of the new­est board mem­bers, and will lead ju­nior dis­trict events for the next year.

For the se­niors, how­ever, the but­ter­flies would have to build un­til Sun­day morn­ing’s awards assem­bly.

With eight high school 4-H’ers anx­ious about re­sults, I’ve never seen cab­ins cleaned and packed so quickly.

For high school 4H’ers, the stakes are a lit­tle higher. A 4-H’er win­ning first, or sec­ond if there are more than eight com­peti­tors in a project, earns a free trip to State 4-H Congress in July at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia.

For four days, the top 4-H’ers in each project area from across the state com­pete in demon­stra­tions, port­fo­lios and in­ter­views. They also at­tend tours, meet donors, and en­joy sev­eral ban­quets.

It all cul­mi­nates in the an­nounce­ment of win­ners at Six Flags and a final, for­mal ban­quet to rec­og­nize the year’s new mas­ters.

The wait was worth it—four New­ton 4-H’ers are headed to State 4-H Congress!

First place honors went to Cati Ae­vali­o­tis, an Al­covy ju­nior in food safety and preser­va­tion; Ken Gal­loway, an East­side se­nior in com­put­ers; and Will Holder, a home school fresh­man in power and en­ergy.

Flan­nery Peay, a home school fresh­man in gen­eral re­cre­ation, earned sec­ond and a sweep­stakes in­vi­ta­tion to state com­pe­ti­tion.

Third place in the per- form­ing arts pi­ano project was earned by Solange Lord, an East­side sopho­more.

Michelle Lewis, an East­side sopho­more, earned fourth place in arts and crafts; Brad­ford Porter, a New­ton sopho­more won fifth in public speak­ing; and Jamie Ae­vali­o­tis, an Al­covy fresh­man, won fifth in the health project. Each of these three demon­stra­tions had 11 or more com­peti­tors.

Over­all, New­ton took home an award for high­est per­cent­age of win­ners—but as I told you last week, I never doubted for a minute that they were all win­ners.

If your group would like to see the demon­stra­tions headed to State 4-H Congress as they prac­tice, please give me a call.

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