Held March 11-13, 2011, the district meeting at Rock Eagle 4-H Center was attended by 569 Junior and Senior 4-H’ers from thirty-nine counties in the Northwest District.
Participation in District Project Achievement requires the 4-H’er to complete a written portfolio documenting their project work over the past year including their work in the areas of leadership and service learning. The 4-H’er also has to present a prepared oral demonstration on their selected project.
First place Senior 4-H’ers included Amanda Jo Morris in the General Recreation Project; Julia Rhinehart in the Human Development Project; Olivia Thornsbury in the Photography Project; Katie Sutherland in the Public Speaking Project; and Timothy Hubbard in the Sheep and Meat Goats Project. They will participate at State 4-H Congress in Atlanta in July. There they will again present their demonstrations and attempt to win a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.
Second place Senior 4-H’ers included: Anneke Carr in the Sheep and Meat Goats Project and Madison Holbert in the Sports Project. Madison will also compete at State 4-H Congress in July as a Sweepstakes project winner due to the large number of competitors in her project.
Third place Senior 4-H’ers were: Kelsey Jarrett in the Festive Foods for Health Project.
First place Junior 4-H’ers included Philip McCown in the Sheep and Meat Goat Project; Gabe Soto in the Sports Project; and Marie Swims in the Veterinary Science Project.
Second place Junior 4-H’ers included: Austin Revels in the Outdoor Recreation Project and Cheyanne Childers in the Sheep and Meat Goat Project.
Third place Junior 4-H’ers were: Will McDaniel in the Public Speaking Project.
Also receiving high placings in very competitive projects while representing Gordon County as County Winners were: Madison Smith in the Senior Performing Arts Vocal Project and Amber Gwin in the Junior Performing Arts Instrumental Project.
Julia Rhinehart, daughter of Kyle and Nan Rhinehart, and Amanda Jo Morris, daughter of Sandra
Morris and the late John Morris, were elected to the Northwest District 4-H Senior Board of Directors.
Julia and Amanda Jo will officially assume office at State 4-H Council in June. They will attend Board planning meetings and are required to complete certain 4-H projects and contests throughout his year in office. They will also have a role in planning certain events such as next year’s District Project Achievement.
The Gordon County 4-H Program was also honored with a special District Award at the event for the “Highest Percentage of Winners.” Gordon County 4-H Council was recognized for their Community Service Project in which they raised money for and purchased items for Family Movie Night Kits for Military families. Junior 4-H’er, Marie Swims, was recognized for her Individual Community Service Project where she completed 114 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Attending District Project Achievement with the 4-H’ers were Beth Carlan-Watson, 4-H Agent; Kurt Sutherland, 4-H Associate; Becky Pass, 4-H Program Assistant; Jennifer Swims, Volunteer Leader; and Joan Sutherland, Volunteer Leader.
4-H is the youth program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Today’s 4-H Club offers projects and activities of interest to every young person. For more information, contact the Gordon County Cooperative Extension Office at 706-629-8685. More information is also available on the Gordon County 4-H web page at www.ugaextension.com/gordon.