Ashley Witcher, Cherokee Extension 4-H coordinator, accepts Farm Bureau support for 4-H Project Achievement.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau awarded the local 4-H club with a $1,500 grant to support 4-Hers attending project achievement in 2021. Around 85 youth participate in 4-H project achievement every year. Project achievement is a self-directed individual competition where youth have the opportunity to explore an area of interest and share their knowledge through a competitive public speaking competition.

Project achievement is designed to showcase club members’ work and success in their project area. Projects are offered in more than 50 different program areas with nearly every topic of interest or educational area available for exploration and presentation. Each 4-Her selects a project area, produces a speech, posters and visual aids supporting his or her project. Cloverleaf 4-Hers (4th through 6th grades) must prepare a 5 minute demonstration. Junior 4-Hers (7th and 8th grades) and Senior 4-Hers (9th through 12th grades) must complete an 8 to 10 minute demonstration along with a portfolio. Portfolios are a collection of materials assembled to demonstrate to others what each 4-Her has done in their project area, along with leadership, citizenship and community service activities. Students present their demonstrations to a panel of judges and compete against 4-Hers from other counties who have also picked that project area and awards are given out in each category.

Project achievement ends at the district competition for Cloverleaf and Junior 4-Hers, however, if Senior 4-Hers place 1st in their projects, they advance to State Congress. State Congress is a four day event held in July of every year in Atlanta. This event brings together 4-Hers who excelled in their project work from all four districts in the state. Here 4-Hers compete for Master Status in their project by placing 1st in the state. State Congress also provides fun and educational experiences. 4-Hers get to attend donor tours of local Georgia based supporters of 4-H like The Home Depot, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia EMC and The Capitol, along with many more. Participants take a trip to Six Flags and project awards are given out inside Six Flags at the Crystal Pistol.

Project achievement for Cloverleaf 4-Her will be held in Douglas County on March 27, 2021. Junior and Senior 4-Hers will have their chance to attend 4-H project achievement on March 12-15, 2021 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Thank you to Cherokee County Farm Bureau for their support of our local 4-H students.

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