Bartow County 4-H’ers celebrated victory at the annual district Project Achievement competition on March 4-6 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. There were 37 counties competing with 34 Bartow 4-H’ers in attendance. A district total of 675 competitors, including 317 middle school Junior 4-H’ers and 358 high school Senior 4-H’ers, presented projects ranging from Performing Arts to Sporting Events, from History to Food Preparation.
At 34 competitors, Bartow County had one of the largest number of combined Junior and Senior participants from all the participating counties. 4-H Project Achievement is an annual competition and a cornerstone for programing in 4-H across Georgia. Youth create presentations and portfolios on hundreds of projects which showcase 4-H’ers work and success. Students select a topic of interest from more than 50 different areas and prepare a demonstration including visuals. 4-H’ers also can apply and run for Northwest District Board of Directors. If elected, these 4-H’ers will help lead conferences, competitions, travel, and represent 4-H all over the state.
Bartow County’s first place high school 4-H’ers were Sam Payne in Target Sports, Amelia Payne in Conservation of Natural Resources, Josh Drexler in Outdoor Survival Skills, and Natalie Burrow in Sports. Winning first place as a high schooler earns the opportunity to compete again at the state level this summer in Atlanta. Another Bartow 4-H’er earned a ‘sweepstakes’ entry to compete at the premier State Congress event in July. Because Performing Arts had more than 8 competitors in the general category, Isaac Streetman won 2nd place earning him a trip to State Congress. In July, these five 4-H’ers will again present their public speaking and performance demonstrations in hopes of becoming #1 in the state in their project area. State winners receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta after Thanksgiving this year.
Bartow County also had success in having three members elected to board leadership for the Northwest District. This year Natalie Burrow, a freshman at Adairsville High School and Jake Paige, a sophomore who is homeschooled, were elected to serve on the Senior Board, while Luci Paige, a 7th grade homeschooler, was elected to serve on Junior Board. Amelia Payne, a junior from Woodland High School, also received the Water Wise Scholarship for her efforts in conservation!
Bartow’s seventh and eighth graders who received 1st place were Grayson Breedlove in Housing, Equipment, and Environment, Sarah Holman in Festive Foods for Health and Anna Hughes in Health. “Junior” 4-H’ers (those in 7th and 8th grade) do not compete again at the state level. Below is the complete list of all Bartow 4-H’ers with their placings and schools.
Leah Martin- Target Sports- 7th
Minal Dalwadi-Performing Arts Vocal- 10th
Kara Turner- Horse -8th
Nora Martin-Safety- 8th
Buck Hicks-General Recreation- 7th
Nirvana Becerra-General Recreation- 4th
Grayson Breedlove- Housing, Equipment, and Environment- 1st
Honnah Mosley-Performing Arts Vocal- 2nd
Andie Griffin -Crafts -8th
Sarah Holman-Festive Food- 1st
Sammy McClure Middle
Doogan Pike-Sheep and Meat Goats- 3rd
Amelia Payne-Conservation of Natural Resources-1st & Water Wise Scholarship
Sam Payne-Target Sports- 1st
Cayla Candelas-Health- 8th
Zoree Griffin-Entomology 5th
Ericson Mosley- Performing arts Instrumental- 3rd
Lindsey Craven-Art and Crafts-3rd
Isaac Streetman- Performing Arts General- 2nd
Jacob Paige-Physical- Biological, and Earth Science -3rd
JD Paige-Safety- 9th
Matthew Shockey-Performing Arts Instrumental-4th
Jacob Shockey- Physical, Biological, and Earth Science- 4th
Sydney Cook-Horse 12th
Josh Drexler-Outdoor Recreation -1st
Kaydee Huskins- Marine and Coastal Ecology- 4th
Alexis Hurtado- Dog Care and Training- 3rd
Gabriel Craven- Computer Information Technology -2nd
Bethany Craven- Crafts- 7th
Madeline Wertz- Crafts -4th
Anna Hughes- Health- 1st
Luci Paige-Target Sports- 3rd