Sev­eral Polk County youth score big on 4-H projects

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The Polk County Clover­leaf (the pro­gram for fifth and sixth grades) 4-H’ers had their an­nual District Project Achieve­ment on Jan­uary 26, 2019 at Ge­or­gia High­lands Col­lege, an­other step in along the way in learn­ing more about how agri­cul­ture im­pacts Ge­or­gia on a daily ba­sis.

The an­nual event gets 4-H’ers on re­search­ing a topic of in­ter­est and pre­sent­ing it to an au­di­ence within 4 to 6 min­utes. It also teaches 4-H’ers pub­lic speak­ing skills and helps them gain self-con­fi­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease from Polk County’s 4-H pro­gram, there were a to­tal of 37 par­tic­i­pants from Polk County who com­peted with over 600 other 4-H’ers from a 12 county area in the North­west District.

It’s the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion for the Clover­leaf 4-H’ers.

Some of those stu­dents came back home with gold, sil­ver and bronze around their necks.

First place fin­ishes in­cluded Chero­kee Ele­men­tary’s Ashley Parker for her Per­form­ing Arts In­stru­men­tal pre­sen­ta­tion, Rock­mart Mid­dle’s Cal­lie Ens­ley for her health pre­sen­ta­tion along with Sum­mer Gon­za­lez for her Food for Fit­ness pre­sen­ta­tion, and My­lashia Robin­son of Cedar­town Mid­dle for a pub­lic speak­ing pre­sen­ta­tion.

Sec­ond place awards went to Julie Thomas of Rock­mart Mid­dle for her crafts pre­sen­ta­tion, and Ad­dyson Smith of North­side Ele­men­tary for a pre­sen­ta­tion cat­e­gory of “in­ter­na­tional.”

In third place fin­ishes, the list in­cluded Lui Gon­za­lez from Chero­kee Ele­men­tary for a sports pre­sen­ta­tion, Laura Rod­griguez of North­side for an art pre­sen­ta­tion and Je’Vonte Cooper of Cedar­town Mid­dle, who did a pre­sen­ta­tion on work­force prepa­ra­tion.

Ad­di­tional com­peti­tors this year in­cluded Chero­kee’s Al­lie El­liott, Averie El­liott and Oliver Vi­cente-Ix­may; East­side Ele­men­tary’s Trey Luke, Paigie Nor­ton, Alex Waits and Car­son Waller; North­side’s ZaMaria Ar­ney, Emma Boat­field, Zo­rayda De’Leon, Jaylin Fer­gu­son, Ava Heard, TaNeal Nixon, Alexan­der Sal­gado, Amari Sewell and Ad­dyson Smith; Van Wert Ele­men­tary’s Piper Braden, Leila Jones, Ai­dan Robin­son and Isa­iah Young; West­side Ele­men­tary’s Ma­lik Robin­son, Ad­di­son Smith, Hunter Wat­ters and Anna Wimby.

Young’s Grove Ele­men­tary was rep­re­sented by Mikaylin Bevins, Elis­a­bet Gon­za­lez and Gray­ton Gon­za­lez. Cedar­town Mid­dle also had Han­nah Grif­fin and Daisy Her­nan­dez par­tic­i­pate.

“We would like to con­grat­u­late all the Polk County 4-H fifth and sixth graders who com­peted,” Dora Wil­liams, co­or­di­na­tor for Polk County’s 4-H pro­gram, said in the 4-H re­lease. “We would like to give a spe­cial “Thank You” to all of the par­ents who spent the day at Ge­or­gia High­lands with us.”

Ad­di­tional thanks also went out to adult vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated by judg­ing projects or by help­ing with su­per­vi­sion and in­cluded Missy Bar­rett, Zoey Myrick and Sa­man­tha Parker. Teen lead­ers for the day were Se­nior 4-H’er­sSarah Adair, Grace Prince, Nytie Gov­ern, Nolan Ens­ley, Alan Rocha and Vic­to­ria Bar­rett.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Polk County 4-H Pro­gram, con­tact the Polk County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 770-7492142 or e-mail co­or­di­na­tors at [email protected]

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Stu­dents from the fifth and sixth grade in the Polk County 4-H Clover­leaf pro­gram par­tic­i­pated in project pre­sen­ta­tions and awards dur­ing the an­nual District Project Achieve­ment event on Jan. 26, 2019. Be­low: Je’Vonte Cooper, Cal­lie Ens­ley and Ashley Parker were­one of sev­eral stu­dents from Polk County hon­ored for their hard work.

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Julie Thomas was one of sev­eral 4-H win­ners from Polk County from the District Project Achieve­ment event on Jan. 26, 2019. My­lashia Robin­son was one of sev­eral Polk County stu­dents rec­og­nized. Lui Gon­za­lez was one of sev­eral stu­dents from Polk County who won top hon­ors.

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CARVED CRE­ATIONS:Lo­cal artist Jeremy Smith re­mains hard at work on tak­ing trees that are usu­ally cut up for fire­wood and turn them into real cre­ations. Smith used his chain­saw skills to carve out thisea­gle at a Pleas­ant Val­leyRoad in the Cedar­town area. Find more of Smith’s cre­ations at his Face­book page, face­book.com/MeTheJerBer

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