4-H participates in Project Achievement competion

Photo Caption: Back L-R: Brannon Parker, Thomas Neal, Stacy Vulgamore, Taylor Barber & Journey Austinson
Front L-R: Samantha Floyd, Abby Bennett & Corbin Austin
Not pictured is Branch Austinson

Decatur County 4-H’ers distinguished themselves at Rock Eagle on February 2-4, 2018. Nine students from Decatur County joined with over 500 students to participate in the Southwest District Project Achievement competition in Eatonton. Junior/Senior Project Achievement is a challenging two-part competition, in which participants practice mastery in their field of interest through portfolio and presentation.

Samantha Floyd, Brannon Parker and Thomas Neal represented Decatur County 4-H in the Junior division for 7th and 8th grade 4-H’ers. Senior (9th-12th grade) participants included Branch Austinson, Taylor Barber, Abby Bennett, Journey Austinson, Corbin Austin, and Stacy Vulgamore.

The 4-H Portfolio is an extensive written record that encompasses a complete calendar year of involvement, leadership, and service in a selected project area. This report includes a cover letter, a two-page information sheet highlighting their work and activities, and a two-page list of supporting material, including photos and other related information. The portfolio composes 40%-50% of the student’s total score in the competition. Also, by preparing a portfolio, young people learn the skills needed to complete college applications, scholarship applications, professional resumes and proposals.

Additionally, 4-H’ers participating in Project Achievement investigate a topic and prepare a demonstration or “illustrated talk” with posters and props. Junior demonstrations are 10 minutes, and Senior demonstrations are 12 minutes. Scores are based on memorization, fluidity, presentation skills, and knowledge of the subject when questioned by the judges.
In the Junior division Thomas Neal won 1st place honors in the Outdoor Recreation project. Brannon Parker placed 1st in Pork Production and Samantha Floyd received 1st place honors in Better Breakfast. Among the Senior competitors (high school division), Branch Austinson took 1st place in the Outdoor Recreation project. Taylor Barber placed 3rd in the Beef project and Stacy Vulgamore was 3rd in History. Abby Bennet competed in the Communications project and earned 3rd place honors. Corbin Austin placed first in Engineering and Mechanics and Journey Austinson placed 1st in the Food Safety and Preservation project. Corbin Austin, Journey Austinson, and Branch Austinson will advance to the next level of competition at the Georgia 4-H State Congress in Atlanta this summer.

4-H Project Achievement, an annual competition for 4th – 12th grade students, is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program. From the first Boys Corn Club sharing their crop to today’s presentation and portfolios on hundreds of projects, Project Achievement serves to showcase 4-H’ers work and success. The diligence and dedication of Decatur County’s 4-H students supports the 4-H motto, “Making the Best Better”. For more information about 4-H activities please contact the UGA Decatur County Extension Office at 248-3033.

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