Bottom row, left to right: Ashley Carroll, Philycia Hamilton, Anna Windmoller, Aidan Scott, Coleman Mangham, Bethany Samuel, Molly Wells, Colin Williamson and Natalie Bennett. Back row, left to right: Justin Hand, Sydney Pridgon, Jesse Boone, Seth Jones, Liz Pridgon, Lydia Connell, Dana Wells, Jordan Daniels, Amare Woods and Jordyn Jones.

Bottom row, left to right: Ashley Carroll, Philycia Hamilton, Anna Windmoller, Aidan Scott, Coleman Mangham, Bethany Samuel, Molly Wells, Colin Williamson and Natalie Bennett. Back row, left to right: Justin Hand, Sydney Pridgon, Jesse Boone, Seth Jones, Liz Pridgon, Lydia Connell, Dana Wells, Jordan Daniels, Amare Woods and Jordyn Jones.

Tift County 4-H competed in the Southwest District Project Achievement contest held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center Jan. 31- Feb. 2, according to a press release.

Project Achievement is a public speaking competition where 4-H’ers choose a topic of interest and present a 10-12 minute speech on the subject, the release states.

They are also required to submit a portfolio which represents all their work over the year in categories such as project work, community service, leadership activities and other 4-H and school organizations they participate in. This competition teaches 4-H’ers personal and professional skills such as research, public speaking and helps them learn the process of creating a resume, the release states.

Tift County had fifteen 4-H’ers attend this competition in grades 7th-12th. There were seven juniors who competed and all placed first through third in their project areas. Molly Wells placed first in the fruits, vegetables, and nuts project, Bethany Samuel placed first in the health project, Coleman Mangham placed first in the computer information technology project, Colin Williamson placed first in the wildlife project, Aidan Scott placed third in the history project, Anna Windmoller placed first in the companion and specialty animals project, and Philycia Hamilton placed second in the workforce preparation and career development project.

Tift County senior 4-H’ers also competed at the competition. Amare Woods placed first in plant and soil sciences, Sydney Pridgon placed first in food safety and preservation, Jordan Daniels placed first in environmental science, Jesse Boone received honorable mention in the general recreation project, Seth Jones placed first in the entomology project, Lydia Connell placed first in the workforce preparation and career development project, Liz Pridgon placed first in festive foods for health and Dana Wells placed first in the dog care and training project.

Senior 4-H’ers who placed first in their projects at the district contest advance to state congress. This is a week-long event held in Atlanta, Georgia where 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to compete against 4-H’ers across the state of Georgia with their presentations and portfolios as well as undergo an interview process. 4-H’ers who compete in this level of competition can earn the highest honor as a Georgia 4-H’er, Master 4-H Status. This title shows they are the best in the state in their project area. Tift County will have seven delegates eligible to go to this competition. The delegates are Woods, Sydney Pridgon, Liz Pridgon, Daniels, Jones, Connell and Dana Wells.

Tift County 4-H also had seven 4-H’ers relieved from Southwest District Senior and Junior Boards. The District Board of Directors is a group of sixteen 4-H’ers, eight juniors and eight seniors, who help lead their peers and host many events for the District over their one year term. 4-H’ers who wish to serve on the board must campaign all weekend at Rock Eagle during District Project Achievement. They write a campaign speech to present in front of their peers, create posters and make many new friends during this process. The Tift County 4-H’ers who served on the senior board this year are Dana Wells, Woods, Sydney Pridgon, and Jones. The Tift County 4-H’ers who served on Junior Board this year are Williamson, Molly Wells, and Samuel as junior board vice-president.

The group during  District Project Achievement was led by Ashley Carroll, 4-H agent; Justin Hand, 4-H and ANR agent; Natalie Bennett, 4-H educator and Jordyn James, 4-H AmeriCorps service member.

Tift County 4-H would like to thank all of the volunteer leaders and donors who made this opportunity possible for our 15 competitors.

In February and March, Tift County 4-H will be working with 5th and 6th grade 4-H’ers on Project Achievement. This program is available to every 5th and 6th grade student in the county.

For more information on Tift County 4-H, please contact (229) 391-7980.

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