Nearly 50 Effingham 4-H’ers recently competed in County Project Achievement, held at Effingham County Middle School.
Project Achievement helps 4-H’ers develop both oral and written communication skills while becoming knowledgeable in a chosen topic. Cloverleaf (fourth-sixth grade) 4-H’ers selected a project area that interested them from more than 60 choices.
Each 4-H’er participating in Project Achievement researched a topic, prepared a three- to five-minute presentation using materials they learned, created three posters and used visuals to explain the topic for the presentation. The students competed against each other on various categories and were judged based on subject knowledge, visuals and speech delivery.
“Each young person who participated in the event put in a lot of hard work and practice into preparing for the competition,” said Abby Smith, Effingham County 4-H agent. “I am very proud of all of them.”
Though winners are recognized, the focus of the competition is on creating a venue for the students to develop skills such as researching, assembling and presenting. The project also helps in building their confidence, self-esteem and sportsmanship.
First-place winners were: Kennedy Bargeron, Kate Britt, Layla Bosche, Anna Collins, Grace Dicksey, Weatherly Gordan, Madison Hill, Madison Hodge, Joshua Klecklauskas, Shayne LaBonte, Ben Mincey, Laura Grace Molina, Skylar Morgan, Reagan Mosley, April Moss, Diya Patel, Ben Powell, Cheyenne Ryan, Jordyn Serrano, Ilana Forres-Shannon, Lauren Smiley, Emmerson Stout, Ellie Watson and Emma Wilharm.
Second-place winners were: Ella Allen, Layla Cone, Sydney Freymuth, Clair Nease, Taylor Norton, Reese Powell, Amanda Saunders, Jordan Steptoe, Lauren Usher and Evan Zeigler.
Third-place winners were: Inessa Brackbill, Kyra Davis, Katlyn Lewis, Elise McKinley, Kale Renfro, Amelia Uzapan, Lillian Weiss and Angeleena Whiddon.
Also participating in County Project Achievement were Devin Hallman, Kearstin Lambbright, Clarissa McNeil, Macy Morgan, Sydney Sticha, Shayne Strickland and Ahja Williams.