Local 4-H’ers win statewide awards

From Staff Reports

Henry County’s 4-H program can now add the accomplishments of three young people who recently earned high honors at the state level.

Piper Brown, Suzanne Palmertree and Camilla Stegall participated in the 74th Annual 4-H State Congress, held in Dunwoody July 26-29. Brown placed first in the Dairy Foods category, thus earning the title of Master 4-H’er. Only 47 young people in the state achieve this top ranking each year.

Camilla Stegall, Piper Brown and Suzanne Palmertree were awarded at the recent 74th Annual 4-H State Congress. Special photo

Palmertree won third place in the Science of Engineering and Mechanics, with a presentation on different types of bridge construction. Stegall placed third in Performing Arts for her instrumental rendition of the theme song from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Mayah Waltower, also from Henry County, received the Wooten Scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leader Association. The accolade makes her a Double-Master 4-H’er, as she placed first in her project category during the 2015 State Congress.

Competitors from each region of the state earned a spot in the competition based on their performances at the district level.

Participants either presented a 10-12 minute illustrated speech, gave a four-minute musical or dance performance, or completed a 90-minute food demonstration lab. They submitted portfolios with documentation of their work over the past 12 months, including research, education efforts, community service, leadership roles, and a cover letter for judges at the event. Competitors were also interviewed by project judges and portfolio judges.

The week’s events also featured educational tours to locations such as the Georgia Tech Foods Lab, Jackson Electric Member Corporation, and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Winners of the competition were announced at the Crystal Pistol in Six Flags Park.

An annual banquet, sponsored by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, capped off the festivities. Among those in attendance were: David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives; Dr. Jere Morehead, president of the University of Georgia; and Dr. Sam Pardue, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA.

Henry County 4-H’ers are preparing for the 2017 competition. Students in fifth through eighth grades can participate in district competition with a 4-H project. High-school students can advance to the state competition, with those winners being invited to the National 4-H Congress.

The 4-H program is open to public, private, and homeschool students. Middle-schoolers in Henry County 4-H meet once a month, and the County Council is the regular 4-H meeting for students in grades 7-12.

A 4-H Open House for students in fifth grade and up is scheduled for Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. It will be at the Henry County 4-H office at Heritage Park, 97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough. Students must be accompanied by a parent, and an RSVP is required.

Participants are asked to bring canned food items to the Open House to support a current 4-H service project. Items will be donated to a local food pantry.

For more information, call the Henry County 4-H Office at 770-288-8421. To view photos of recent 4-H events, visit www.ugaextension.com/henry.