2011-10-05 / News

Burke County 4-H

Celebrate the Possibilities!

4rH– MoreThanYouEverImagined!

ByHeatherSavelle

4rH.Nearlyeveryonehasheardofit.Manypeoplewereinvolvedwhenthey weregrowingup.Yetfewcanreallyputintowordswhatittrulyisortheimpact thatithashadintheirlife.Buteveryonewhohaseverbeenapartof4rHcan agree:4rHchangeslives.

Georgia4rHistheyouthdevelopmentprogramthroughtheUniversityof GeorgiaCooperativeExtension.Thegoalof4rHistoprovidestudentswiththe subjectknowledge,leadership,communication,anddecisionmakingskills neededtobeproductive,contributingcitizens.4rHachievesthisgoalthrough handsronlearningexperiencesfocusedonagricultureandenvironmentalissues, agricultureawareness,leadership,communicationskills,foodandnutrition, health,energyconservation,andcitizenship.HowdoesthattranslatetoBurke County?Ourstudentsareinvolvedinnumerousprojectsandeventsthroughout theyearincludinglivestockshows,projectpresentations,consumerjudging, forestryjudging,clubmeetings,communityserviceprojects,leadership conferences,andsomuchmore!


ProjectAchievement.JasmineCobbearns2nd placeatDPA. ProjectAchievement.JasmineCobbearns2nd placeatDPA. ItisanhonorformetohaverecentlybecomeapartofBurkeCounty’sExtension Teamasthe4rHAgent.Thereissuchanincrediblepotentialforstudentsinthis communitytosucceedin4rH.MygoalforBurkeCounty4rHistoprovide studentswithasmanyopportunitiesaspossibletolearn,serve,lead,and succeed.Iwanttogetmorestudentsinvolvedintheprogram,provide opportunitiesthatmatchtheneedsandinterestofthestudentsandthe community,andhelpstudentssetgoalsforthemselvesandtakestepstoward reachingthem.

IviewBurkeCounty4rHasbelongingtoYOU– theyoungpeopleandthe community.WeattheExtensionOfficeinviteyoutojoinourteamto“Makethe Best,Better.”4rHisavailableforallboysandgirlsfrom9to19– andthereisno costtojoin!Wehopethatyouwillcelebratewithusthesuccessofourprogram duringNational4rHWeekandjoinusintheupcomingyear.Iamlooking forwardtothepossibilities!

The4rHMotto: ToMaketheBestBetter!

4rH’ersSucceedatProjectAchievement

ByHeatherSavelle

Whiletherearemanyskillsthatstudentslearnthrough4rH,mostpeoplewho wereeverinvolvedin4rHwillcredittheorganizationwithteachingthemthe abilitytospeakinpublic.EachyearBurkeCounty4rH’ershavetheopportunity topresentademonstrationonthetopicoftheirchoiceatDistrictProject Achievement.Studentsresearchtheirtopic,writeandmemorizeaspeech,and createaposterandpropdemonstrationtohelpillustratethepresentation. Studentsthenpresenttheirdemonstrationstoapanelofjudgesandarejudged againstotherstudentswithdemonstrationsinthesameprojectarea.Thisyear BurkeCountytook265th and6th graderstoCloverleafDPAandbroughthome6 1st placewinners,five2nd placewinners,andfive3rd placewinners.Five7th through12th gradersattendedJunior/SeniorDPAatRockEagleandcamehome withtwo1st placewinners.Eachstudentwhoattended,regardlessofthe placing,learnedselfrconfidence,initiative,responsibility,andtimemanagement skillsthatwillservethemwellinanycareerpaththeypursue.


PoultryJudgingTeam.Frontrow:Layanna Abrams,Christopher Ramey.2nd row:MichaelaPollex,JessicaDixon,AmandaDurant, KaitlinPhillips.3rd Row:TaylorMizelle,JenniferMcDaniel, RebekahRamey,KristenVanDeRyt,VictoriaDouglas. PoultryJudgingTeam.Frontrow:Layanna Abrams,Christopher Ramey.2nd row:MichaelaPollex,JessicaDixon,AmandaDurant, KaitlinPhillips.3rd Row:TaylorMizelle,JenniferMcDaniel, RebekahRamey,KristenVanDeRyt,VictoriaDouglas. Famous4rH’ers– WhoDoYouKnow?

NancyGrace– Georgia4rH’erandCNNshowhost JenniferNettles– Georgia4rH’erandcountrymusicsinger DavidLetterman– TVShowHost JuliaRobertsr Actress RebaMcEntire – CountrySinger AlGore– PastUSVicePresident DollyParton– CountrySinger OrvilleRedenbacher– Popcornbusinessman


DairyShowTeam.CynthiaEberly,AnnaMarie Blackburn,MichaelaPollex,Meridith Franks DairyShowTeam.CynthiaEberly,AnnaMarie Blackburn,MichaelaPollex,Meridith Franks TheMagicof4rH

ByMichaelaPollex,4rH’er Asyoungpeople,therearesomanyamazingopportunitiesandgreatclubsto join.Theyallprovideoutstandingexperiencesandteachteensmanyvaluablelife lessons.OneoftheverybestclubsthatIknowofis4rH.Ihavebeenin4rHfora littleoverthreeyearsnowandIbelieveIhavetakenadvantageofeverythingit hastooffer.Themostmemorableofmymanybreathtakingexperienceswasin Februaryofthisyear.AtDistrictProjectAchievement(DPA),4rH’erschoosea topic,createademonstration,andcompetewiththeirdemonstrationagainst otherstudentsinthatcategory.OncestudentsreachtheJuniorandSeniorlevels oftheclub(7thr12th grade),theyhavethechancetorunfortheDistrict4rHBoard ofDirectors.CampaigningfortheelectionsthattakeplaceatDPAtakesagreat dealofhardwork,responsibility,andexceptionalcreativityandpeopleskills.Just likeeverythingdifficultinlifethough,therepercussionsaregood,grand,and beyondworthit.Iwaselectedtoserveonthe2011– 2012SEDistrictJunior BoardofDirectors.Throughthisleadershipposition,Ihavegainedawiderange ofskillsusefulforschool,work,friendships,andlifeingeneral.


ChristopherRameyintheshowringwithhis Herefordheifer.Otherteammembersare RebekahRameyandSallyKateBlackburn. ChristopherRameyintheshowringwithhis Herefordheifer.Otherteammembersare RebekahRameyandSallyKateBlackburn. Inadditiontothemanyabilitieslearned,4rHhelpstobuildyouths’selfesteem. Theorganizationissupervisedbyadultsthatknowhowimportantitistofeel goodaboutourselves,especiallyduringthesetough,stressfulteenageyears.The leadersoftheprogramprovideconstantencouragement,neverrendinglove,and whenneeded,unlimitedassistance.

Therearesomanyaspectsofthe4rHclubthataregreat.Inmyopinionthough, themostremarkablepartoftheorganizationisthelifelongrelationshipsbuilt throughit.Injustthreeshortyears,Ihavemadefriendsfromalloverthestate andevenafewfromotherpartsofthecountry!Theyoungpeoplein4rHarefar fromordinary.Withthemiswhereanyonecanhavethemostfuntheyhaveever had.Aroundthemiswhereanyonecanbecompletelyhimselforherselfandbe lovedforit.Besidethemiswhereyoustand,knowingthattheyarefamily.4rHis


ForestryJudgingTeam.FrontRow:LouisaShepherd,KendallEberly,Lelan Eberly,MarcusDixon, MichaelaPollex,AmandaDurant.2nd Row:KristenVanDeRyt,CynthiaEberly,KittyShepherd, TaylorMizelle.BackRow:JenniferMcDaniel,BrendonEberly,BryceDillard. ForestryJudgingTeam.FrontRow:LouisaShepherd,KendallEberly,Lelan Eberly,MarcusDixon, MichaelaPollex,AmandaDurant.2nd Row:KristenVanDeRyt,CynthiaEberly,KittyShepherd, TaylorMizelle.BackRow:JenniferMcDaniel,BrendonEberly,BryceDillard. extraordinary.

4rHSummerCampatRockEagle

ByJenniferMcDaniel,4rH’er

DuringtheweekofJune20th toJune24th,325th and6th gradeCloverleaf4rHers hadthetimeoftheirlivesatCloverleaf4rHSummerCampatRockEagle4rH Center.Onthebusridemanywereeitherfullofanticipationorwaryofthe weekahead.Buteveryoneknewtheywereinforanexperiencethatwouldbe rememberedforever.UponarrivalonMonday,mostwereshockedbythe amountofactivitiestheywouldbeparticipatinginfromthenuntilFriday morning.Sixthgrade4rH’ers,knownasthebluestrings,participatedinmany handsron,physicalactivitiesthatrequiredteamworkandcommunication. Whethertheactivitywassailing,rockclimbing,orspeedingdownthezipline, everyonecamehomewithmanystoriesabouttheirexperiences.The5th grade 4rH’ers,whoweredividedintoredstringsandwhitestrings,alsohadafull weekofcrafts,swimming,andvariousclassesthatincludedarchery,canoeing, herpetology,forestry,andmanyothers.Notonlydidthecampersbringhome storiestotelltheirfriendsandfamily,theyalsolearnedmanyskillsthatwill benefitthemforever.4rH’erslearnedhowtomakefriends,beresponsiblefor theirbelongings,workwellwithothers,andmanagetimewisely.Everyone returnedhomesafelywithgreatmemoriesandfullofanticipationfornextyear.


CottonBollandConsumerJudgingTeam.Seated:AnnaMarie Blackburn,KristenVanDeRyt.2nd Row:JessicaDixon,Michaela Pollex,Meridith Franks,TaylorMizelle,DerrickDixon. CottonBollandConsumerJudgingTeam.Seated:AnnaMarie Blackburn,KristenVanDeRyt.2nd Row:JessicaDixon,Michaela Pollex,Meridith Franks,TaylorMizelle,DerrickDixon. PoultryJudging

ByJessicaDixon,4rH ’e r

Competinginthepoultryjudgingcompetitionhastaughtmedecisionmaking, publicspeaking,andenabledmetotakebettercareofmyownchickens.Asa memberofthepoultryjudgingteam,welearnedhowtodistinguishahealthy chickenfromasickchickenbycheckingthechicken’sconeandthebrightnessof itseyes.Ahealthychicken’sconewillbebrightredandfirmandhavebright eyeswhileasickchicken’sconewillbeverydullredanditseyeswillbedull.We alsolearnedtogradeeggsforexternalquality,candleeggstomakesuretheyare edible,andgradethechicken’smeatforquality.Thisyearatthedistrictcontest theJuniorTeamplacedfifth.TeammemberswereMichaelaPollex,Kristen VanDeRyt,KaitlinPhillips,TaylorMizelle,JessicaDixon,Rebekah Ramey,Amanda Durant,ChristopherRamey,VictoriaDouglas,andLayanna Abrams.Jennifer McDanielcompetedasanindividualintheSeniorcompetitionanddidverywell. GoingtothepoultryjudgingcompetitionwasagreatexperienceandIcannot waittodoitagainthisyear.

4rHPledge

IPledgemyHeadto clearerthinking,MyHeart togreaterloyalty,My Handstolargerservice, AndmyHealthtobetter living– Formyclub,my community,mycountry, andmyworld!

LivestockShowTeam

ByCynthiaEberly,4rH’er

IhavebeenshowingcommercialdairyheifersasamemberoftheBurke County4rHLivestockShowTeamforthelastfouryears.Membersoftheteam showbeefanddairyheifersinshowsacrossthestate.Showinglivestockisa lotoffun,butitalsorequireshardworkanddedication.First,wepickoutour heifersandfeedandcareforthemdaily.Thenweworkwiththemeveryday totrainthemtodotwothings:leadonahalter andsetupforthejudge. Settingaheiferupinvolvesteachingthemtoplacetheirfeetinacertain positionandisdifferentforbothbeefanddairyheifers.Oncethesetwothings aremastered,wearereadyfortheshow.Thereareseveralshowsforboth beefanddairyduringthespringandfallshowseasons.Onshowday,wewash ourheifersandcliptheirhair. Rightbefore enteringthering,wemakesurethat theheifers areclean,wellgroomedandarelookingtheirabsolutebest. Livestockshowsconsistofshowmanship,wherewearejudgedbasedonour abilitytopresenttheanimaltothejudge,andweightclass,wheretheanimals arejudgedbasedontheirconformation. Iloveshowingdairyheifers;Ihave learnedpatiencewhentrainingthem,diligencewhenfeedingthem,andgood sportsmanshipwhenIamshowing.

DairyJudging

ByMeridith Franks,4rH’er

TheBurkeCounty4rHDair yJudgingteamtraveledtothestatecontestonApril 8,2011inAthens.ItwasthefirsttimeinmanyyearsateamfromBurkeCounty participatedinthecontest.DairyJudgingisacomparativeevaluationofcattle inwhichtheanimalsareplacedbasedontheirdairyconfirmation.Contestants mustgiveoralreasonssupportingtheirplacings.Manylifeskillsaregained throughdairyjudgingincludingobservation,decisionmaking,andpublic speaking.TheJuniorteam,comprisedofAnnaMarieBlackburn,Michaela Pollex,andSallyKateBlackburn,placedfourthoverall.Meridith Franks competedasanindividualintheSeniorcontestandplacedsixthoverall.The teamalsocompetedattheUGACommercialDairyHeiferShowJudgingContest inFebruary.

ThisCommunity4rHNewsis Sponsoredby FrankCarter,M.D.and SenatorJesseStoneandFamily

CitizenshipWashingtonFocus

ByJenniferMcDaniel,4rH’er

FrommeetingmycongressmentowalkingthroughtheRotundaintheCapitol, CitizenshipWashingtonFocusinWashington,D.C.wasanexperienceIwill cherishforever.Iwasfortunatetohavetheopportunitytotourournation’s capitalwithasmallgroupofGeorgia4rH’ers.WhilestayingattheNational4rH CenterinChevyChase,Maryland,4rH’ersfromallacrossthecountry participatedinavarietyofactivitiesandclassesthatfocusedonbillwriting, governmentcommittees,andleadershipinthecommunity.Inbetweenour workshops,wehadtheopportunitytoexperiencefirsthandAmerica’sgreatest symbolsofdemocracy:theWashingtonMonument,theJeffersonMemorial, theVietnamVeteransMemorial,andmanyothers.Seeingthemonumentsin WashingtonconnectedthehistoryIhadlearnedinschoolwiththecitizenship andleadershipskillswelearnedintheworkshops.AsIreflectonthe experience,Iremaingratefulfortheopportunityandwillrememberitforever.

ForestryJudging

ByBryceDillard,4rH’er

Forestryisaveryimportantpartof4rH.Inforestrywelearnaboutthedifferent treesinGeorgiaandabouttheinsectsanddiseasesthataffectthesetrees.We alsolearnhowtouseaBiltmoresticktogetthediameterofatreeandestimate thenumberof16footlogsthatcanbeharvestedfromeachtree.Inaddition, welearnhowtouseacompasstoplotanareaofland.Atthedistrict competition,theychallengeourmindsinfourevents:treeidentification,insect anddiseaseidentification,compassandpacing,andtreevolumeestimation.In August,BurkeCounty4rHearnedfirstplaceinboththeJuniorandSeniordistrict contestandbroughthomefirst,second,andthirdplaceindividualsinboth contests.ThejuniorcontesthighindividualwasLelan Eberly ,secondwas KristenVanDeRyt,andthirdwasMichaelaPollex.HighindividualintheSenior contestwasJenniferMcDaniel,secondwasKittyShepherd,andthirdwas Brenden Eberly.TheSeniorteamcompetedinthestatecontestatRockEagle 4rHCenterandearnedsecondplace!Thecontestisnotjustaboutwinning.We gettohangoutwithourfriendsandlearnsomeinterestingthingsaboutour world.Forestryisafunpartof4rHandIenjoybeingapartofit.

CottonBollandConsumerJudging

ByMeridith Franks,4rH’er

TheBurkeCounty4rHCottonBollandConsumerJudgingteamscompetedatthe districtcontestlastNovemberinStatesboroandarepracticinghardforthis year’scontest.Inthecontesteachparticipantmustusetheirknowledgetojudge fourclassesofconsumerproducts.Theymustalsogiveasetoforalreasonsto defendtheirplacingononeoftheclasses.Itemsjudgedlastyearwerecereal, giftcards,umbrellas,andathleticshoes.Juniorsalsopreparedaposterto promotecottonandusedthepostertopresentathirtysecondcotton commercial.Seniorsmustpresentaninetysecondpublicserviceannouncement oncotton.TheJuniorteamplacedthirdatthedistrictcontest.Memberswere MichaelaPollex,JessicaDixon,TaylorMizelle,KristenVanDeRyt,andAnnaMarie Blackburn.SeniorteammemberswereMeridith FranksandDerrickDixon.

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