Henry County 4-H students shine at annual competition

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Henry County 4-H students stood out at last month’s Project Achievement competition with an unmatched number of participants and a large number of top-3 finishers.

The Feb. 11 event at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center was hosted for 404 fifth-grade students from 14 counties. Henry County took 88 students, the highest number of competitors from the Northwest District.

Henry County 4-H’ers represented the county well at Project Achievement held recently at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Special photo

From the Henry County group, 23 placed first in their category, 21 earned second place and 14 ranked third.

Competitors individually presented an illustrated 4-H demonstration which was four to six minutes in length. Henry County had representation in 38 of the 64 categories, which ranged from Agricultural Awareness to Health to Workforce Preparation & Career Development. A few of the Henry County delegates competed in a Performing Arts category “and really made Henry County shine with their talent,” according to a representative.

There were 19 elementary schools from Henry County represented at the event, and Henry County 4-H was recognized for having the largest delegation.

After students competed, they were able to explore the grounds at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center with a county scavenger hunt to learn about the history of the center along with what to expect at summer camp. In addition, there were tours of the Rock Eagle Mound, a stone effigy constructed of milky white quartz rocks that was built around 2,000 years ago by Native Americans.

Students received instruction on the “how-to’s” of putting together a demonstration from 4-H staff members. They then qualified for district competition by placing at the county-level contest held in January.