November 21, 2015 was an exciting day for Decatur County 4-H. Students from the 4th grade EXPLO class participated in Fall 4-H Cloverleaf Project Achievement at Williams Middle School in Moultrie, Georgia. Decatur County 4-H’ers attending the Southwest District Cloverleaf Project Achievement competition were Dani Martin, Dog Care & Training – 1st place; Ellie Godwin, Communication – 1st place; Charmaine Chrispen, Human Development – 1st place; Brooklyn Ward, Outdoor Recreation – 1st place; and Ava Prouse, Companion Animal Science – 1st place.
Students that prepared for Project Achievement and participated in the Project Presentation at the Cloud Livestock Facility were Drew Clayton, Wildlife; Gabe Drexel, Computer Information Technology; Emma Thompson, Beef; Lathan Holt, Wildlife; Georgia Wise, Crafts; Nourah Holt, Environmental Science; Pate Beckham, General Recreation; Adrian Gomez, General Science; Brock Howell, Science of Engineering & Mechanics; Haydn Klock, Marine & Coastal Ecology; Judson Findley, Outdoor Survival Skills; Camryn Coon, Sports and Aurie Harris, Sports.
These students researched a topic of their choice, wrote and edited a four to six minute speech, prepared posters/props and practiced diligently before presenting their memorized demonstration to an audience of students and adults. Overcoming the fear of public speaking is a challenge that few adults ever master. Beginning the process as a young person produces skills that will benefit these students for life.
Georgia 4-H is preparing the next generation of leaders through 4-H Project Achievement. 4-H Project Achievement participants develop research, writing and presentation skills which help youth perform better in school related tasks, become self-directed learners and contributing members of society and create work ready young adults. Through the 4-H Project Achievement process youth explore an area of interest, gain knowledge and skills in the area and prepare presentations and evidence of learning. This process builds not only skills related to the Georgia Performance Standards but those directly related to Work Ready Georgia.
Project Achievement is just one of many opportunities provided by Georgia 4-H in an effort to help students develop their potential by seeking and acquiring educational and vocational experiences. For more information about 4-H activities, contact the Decatur County Extension office at 248-3033.