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Tift County 4-H junior and senior team members are Pranav Shankar, Kamsi Nnaeto, Molly Wells, Bethany Samuel, Coleman Mangham, Philycia Hamilton and Camden Williamson.

TIFTON — More than 80 youth from eight counties participated in the Southwest District Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Contest.

The Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competitions are part of the Georgia 4-H Healthy Living Program, 4-H representatives said in a statement.

This competitive judging contest teaches 4-Hers about cotton as an agriculture commodity in Georgia as well as cotton promotion through commercials or advertisements.

The competition offers youth the chance to build critical thinking skills, public speaking skills and life skills in consumer economics, representatives said.

The Georgia 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competitions are sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission.

The district contest consists of two competition areas: judging classes, and advertisements and commercials.

In the judging class portion of the competition, 4-Hers are required to judge four classes of consumer items or services, ranking items based on provided details, factors and scenarios as well as provide oral reasonings for their selections.

The advertisements and commercials portions require 4-Hers to promote cotton and its use through a presentation, costume and poster.

This year, Tift County 4-H did an amazing job at the contest. The Tift County senior 4-H team placed second at the district competition.

The senior team consisted of 4-Hers Molly Wells, Philycia Hamilton, Coleman Mangham, Pranav Shankar and Bethany Samuel.

Coleman received the Second High Individual Overall Senior and second in Senior Judging and Reasons awards. Molly was recognized as the Third High Individual Overall Senior and Bethany received the Third High Cotton Boll Commercial award.

The top four individuals on the senior team, Pranav, Molly, Bethany and Coleman have qualified to compete at the state level contest at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Dec. 10.

The Tift County Cloverleaf team members were Camden Williamson and Kamsi Nnaeto. Camden was the Third High Individual Overall Cloverleaf and received the Second High Cotton Boll Commercial award. Kamsi received third in Cloverleaf Judging and Reasons.

The Tift County 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging teams were coached by Ashley Carroll, Tift County 4-H agent with assistance from Lauren Dubberly, Tift County 4-H educator, and Annabelle Putman, Tift County 4-H AmeriCorps service member.

For more information on getting involved as a 4-H member, volunteer or donor, contact the Tift County Extension office at (229) 391-7980.

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