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Effingham 4-H members participate at District Project Achievement
Nathan Hayes will represent Effingham County at State Congress in June
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Effingham County students participated in 4H Project Achievement. Pictured from left are: Madison Schroeder, Asher Skokan, Abigail Williamson, Amelia Hinely, Dalton Holler, Matthew Conaway, Ethan Campbell, Jacob Conaway, and Eli Usher. Not pictured: Nathan Hayes. (Submitted photo.)

Special to the Herald

EFFINGHAM COUNTY – Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program that teaches a young person public speaking, interviewing, record keeping, social skills, and self-confidence.   To compete in this competition, 4-H members first pick a project area of interest to them and prepare a presentation for the competition. As a partner in public education, Georgia 4-H Project Achievement serves as a forum to showcase a 4-H’s hard work and success.  

Effingham County Junior/Senior 4-H members competed at the Southeast District Project Achievement Competition held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. The 7th-12th grade 4-H’ers prepare a 10- to 12-minute presentation for competition then keep a yearly record of project work. Not only do participants have the opportunity to present their demonstrations, they also can run for a leadership position as a Southeast District Board member, participate in service projects, meet friends from all over the Southeast District, and have tons of fun.

This year Effingham County had 10 students representing multiple project areas within the competition.   

Seniors (High School)

Nathan Hayes - 1st place, Performing Arts Piano (12th grade)

Abigail Williamson - 3rd place, Entomology (9th grade)

Jacob Conaway - 4th place, Sports (12th grade)


Juniors (Middle School)

Eli Usher - 1st place, Dog Care and Training (7th grade)

Ethan Campbell - 3rd place, General Recreation (7th grade)

Dalton Holler - 3rd place, General Recreation (8th grade)

Amelia Hinely - 2nd place, Performing Arts Vocal (7th grade)

Asher Skokan - 1st place, Outdoor Recreation (7th grade)

Madison Schroeder - 1st place, Food for Health and Sport (8th grade)

Mathew Conaway - 4th place, Wildlife (8th grade)

Senior 4-H members placing 1st in their project area are eligible to advance beyond the District competition to State 4-H Congress in Atlanta at the Crowne Plaza Ravina in late July. This prestigious event is reserved for 4-H’ers who have worked hard and earned the privilege to represent their district at the state level of competition. Nathan Hayes will represent Effingham County at State Congress in June.  

DPA is a valuable tool for fulfilling the Georgia 4-H mission of “assisting youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing citizens,” says, Abby Smith, 4-H Agent, of Effingham County Extension office in Springfield.  

The UGA Extension 4-H Youth Development Program has helped thousands of Georgia youth learn by doing to make their best better.  For more information about Effingham County 4-H programs, call 912-754-8040.