Twenty-eight students from Effingham County recently participated in the 4-H Southeast District Cloverleaf Project Achievement competition in Emanuel County.
That was 10 more students than last year, earning Effingham County 4-H the award as the county with the greatest improvement. Southeast District 4-H program coordinator Kathy Baldwin presented the award to Effingham program assistant Faith Jaudon.
Cloverleafs are 4-H’ers in fourth-sixth grades. Project Achievement is a cornerstone program of Georgia 4-H.
Students selected a topic of interest and prepared a four- to six-minute presentation, including visuals and props, to present at the district competition. Judges scored the presentations based on subject knowledge, visuals and speech delivery.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work these students put into their presentation,” said Effingham 4-H agent Abby Smith. “They took extra time to research and write a speech, create posters/visuals to go along with their presentation and meet with our staff for dress rehearsals. The dedication and time they put into their presentation was evident in how well they performed and represented Effingham County 4-H.”
Effingham 4-H’ers Becca Velasquez and Rose Moss served as teen leader assistants.
Several Cloverleaf 4-H’ers scored highly in the district Project Achievement competition, including nine who took first place in their category.
First place in category
Kate Britt, art; Madison Hodge, herpetology; Laura Grace Molina, sheep and meat goats; Macy Morgan, entomology; Diya Patel, sports; Ben Powell, general science; Shayne Strickland, workforce prep; Emma Wilharm, dog care and training; Evan Zeigler, history.
Second place in category
Layla Cone, general science; Grace Dicksey, time and money management; Shayne Labonte, target sports; Skylar Morgan, geology; Reagan Mosley, history; April Moss, public speaking; Jordyn Serrano, safety; Angeleena Whiddon, health.
Third place in category
Kennedy Bargeron, public speaking; Joshua Kleckauskas, general recreation.
Other placing participants
Sydney Freymuth, horses; Weatherly Gordon, health; Madison Hill, wildlife; Kearstin Lambright, health; Reese Powell, health; Cheyenne Ryan, horses; Lauren Usher, sports; Amelia Uzupan, history; Ellie Watson, wildlife.