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Annual 4-H awards presented


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The theme for the 2014 4-H Awards, given out last week, was “Extension Centennial – Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives.”

L. to r.: local students Mayah Waltower, Hannah Bloodworth, Amelia Poole and Camilla Stegall all received awards at the 4-H award ceremony last week.                 Photo by Mickie Jackson

  Dozens of 4-H participants were honored in a wide variety of categories.

  The county’s 4-H program is a youth education organization and outreach of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricul-tural and Environmental Sciences, and it is the youth education component of Cooper-ative Extension in Georgia, according to Laura Garrett, county extension agent for 4-H.

  The program is for students in grades 5-12. All fifth-graders in Henry County public schools receive instruction from the 4-H staff, Garrett said, and beyond that students can opt into the program so it becomes an extracurricular activity.

    Just over 3,000 young people are involved in Henry County 4-H activities this year. They have had a broad spectrum of opportunities ranging from college and career readiness to cotton and poultry judging, archery, dog clubs, shotgun safety, and organizing a petting zoo at the county fair.

  “It’s very broad,” said Garrett of the opportunities afforded by the program. “I think it is a great opportunity to meet new friends outside of the typical network of people that children might become acquainted with, reaching their neighborhood and their own school. As they become more involved in 4-H it helps them build independence and decision-making skills, and there are many opportunities for them to get involved in leadership roles as well. I think those are all skills that prepare them for middle school, high school and life beyond that.”

  Outstanding Cloverleaf awards for 5th and 6th grade went to Ashlyn Donaldson and Christopher Lewis

  Outstanding Junior for 7th and 8th grade went to Piper Brown, Suzanne Palmertree and Jacob Skovran.

  Outstanding Senior awards for 9th-12th grade went to Drew Foster, Zachary Palmertree, Hannah Brown and Madison Rivers.

  Competitors recognized for the Dean’s Award are Hannah Brown and Daniel Dorminy.

  Project Achievement awards went to Madison Rivers and Daniel Dorminy, who represented Henry County 4-H at State Congress in 2013.

  The local web site is

  The web site for the statewide program is



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