4-H is helping students face their fears and become good public speakers. Public speaking is a skill that can be used in every walk of life. From job interviews to teaching, and customer service to civic club presentations, everyone has to speak in public at some point. 4-H prepares students for their futures by giving them the opportunity to participate in District Project Achievement (DPA).
In 4-H Project Achievement, students present a demonstration on the topic of their choice. There are more than 60 project categories to choose from – from sports to poultry science and performing arts to marine ecology – there really is something for every interest! Students choose a topic, write a speech, create a demonstration using posters and props to help illustrate their speech and then present their demonstrations to a panel of judges where they are judged against other students in the same project category.
Sixty-seven Burke County fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders recently traveled to Metter to compete in Project Achievement against 14 counties and 313 competitors.
The competitors from Burke County Middle School were Audrey Kyzer –Dairy, 1st Place; Kenzo Cabahug Lagman –Entomology, 1st Place; Romalo Ervin- Scott –General Scince, 2nd Place; Betsy Murray Human Development,1stPlace; Homeschool competitors were Sarah Kitchens –Flowers,Shrubs and Lawns, 1st Place; and Sarah Beth Coble –Performing Arts Instrumental , 1st place.
Faith Christian Academy competitors were Allie Mc- Daniel – Dog Care, Honorable Mention; Ray Walling – Geology, 3rd Place; Arabella Cruz – General Science, 2nd Place; Jessie Greiner – Horse, 2nd Place; Zoey Evans – Current People, Places, and Events, 1st Place; Laura Walling – Marine and Costal Ecology, 3rd Place; Blakeney Elementary School competitors were Nick Brogan – Current People, Places and Events,3rd Place ; Brigham Scott – Between Meal Snacks, 1st Place Addie Gay – Companion and Specialty Animals, 2nd Place; Haley Huddleston – Current, People. Places, and Events, 2nd Place; Annie Hickman – General Recreation, 2nd Place; Lucas Russell – General Science, 1st Place; Roy Ide– General Science, 3rd Place; Mila Dye –Health, 2nd Place; Lia Bernal Costeno – Historic Places & Events, 1st Place; Sullivan Cunningham– Human Development, 1st Place; Reagen Cope– Paleontology, 1st Place; Aniya Wimberly – Marine & Coastal Ecology, 5th Place; Riley James – Paleontology, 2nd Place; Noah Oglesby– Sports – Team, 3rd Place; Aspen Anderson– Entomology,1st Place; Peyton Tate – Computer Information and Technology, 2nd Place; Kamari Moore – Current People, Places, and Events, 3rd Place; Madison Quick – Dog Care and Training, 3rd Place; Thomas Xing –Environmental Science, 1st Place; and Vondraya Willams–Environmental Science, 3rd Place. Khloe Jenkins Environmental Science Honorable Mention; Richard Swift- General Science, 1st place; Mackenzie Kaylor- Historic Places and Events, 3rd Place; D’Asya McBride- Human Development, 2nd place; Rudora Prajapati-International, 1st place;
Macie Davis-Marine and Costal Ecology, 1st place; Ross Zittrouer- Outdoor Survival Skills, 1st place; T.J. Smith- Sports (Team), Honorable mention, Maggie Lane- Wildlife, 1st place; Brynn Lairscy- Wildlife, 2nd place, Somaya Jackson-Wildlife, Honorable Mention; Samarje’ Hart- Workforce
Preparation and Career Development, 1st place; Emme Chance- Marine and Coastal Ecology, Honorable Mention;
Edmund Burke Academy competitors were Mackie Sylvester – Clothing and Textiles, 1st Place; Nathaniel Brinson – Current People, Places and Events, 2nd Place; Bailey Rowell – Current People, Places and Events, 1st place; Ella Bird– Dog Care and Training, 2nd Place; Sarah Beth Nelson – General Recreation, 1st place; Logan Williams–Health, 1st Place; McKenna Holland – Marine and Coastal Ecology, 3rd Place; Carter Robinson –Outdoor Recreation, 2nd Place; Millie Jenkins– Sports (Individual), 3rd Place; Lauren Grey Jackson–Veterinary Science, 1st place; Hallie Kate Cowart – Performing Arts General, 1st place; David Clayton – Target Sports, 1st Place; Noah Parker –Fresh water and Shell, 1st Place; Conner Wilcher – Historic People, 2nd Place; Emmalyn Crockett – Sheep and Meat Goats, 1st Place; Miley Hitchcock – Workforce Preparation and Career Development, 3rd Place; Lukas Reindl – History, 1st Place; Brayden Evans – Outdoor Survival Skills, 1st Place; Addie May –Performing Arts Instrumental, 2nd Place; and Liam Dillard –Wildlife, 2nd Place.
Project Achievement is a positive experience for all students. Each student who attended, regardless of placing, learned self-confidence, initiative, responsibility and time management – skills that will serve them well in any career path they pursue.
For questions or information about any of our Extension and 4-H Programs, please contact the Burke County Extension Office at 706-554-2119 or visit our website www.ugaextension.com/county-offices/ burke.
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