There hasn't been too much new news lately. We've just been steadily working on getting Jr/Sr DPA projects complete. We had 23 sign up this year. They have been coming to the office in the afternoons and working on their projects for weeks now. I am very thankful for and proud of the students who have been coming when they say they will. It makes practices go much smoother! This is our last week of practice. By now most kids have their demonstrations memorized. Well… nearly memorized.
We will be leaving this Friday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 TO HEAD TO Rock Eagle 4-H Center. While there, students will compete with hundreds of other students from around the district in over 50 different project areas. For example, Chassity Wilkerson, an 8th grade Jenkins County 4- H'er, will compete in the History project. Margaret Dickens, a 9th grade Jenkins County 4- H'er, will be competing in the Performing Arts- Vocal project. Each child had taken one topic that they love and worked throughout the year to learn more about it. During DPA, they present their knowledge, experiences and communication skills related to their project area. There can be anywhere from one to 20 other students competing against them. As a Senior 4-H'er (9-12th grade), if you win at the district level, you will then go on to compete at State Congress in July. There the top 4 individuals in the state go head to head! Through a series of presentations, interviews, and portfolios, a winner is chosen. The state winner is then honored with the title of "Master 4-H'er." This status is extremely difficult to achieve. Becca Rich represented Jenkins County well and took home that title last year. This year we have many others who are working to follow in her footsteps. But, before they can worry about State, they must make it through District. If you see any of the following students this week, wish them good luck and encourage them to give it their all.
Students participating are: Arnetria Hills, Callie Dailey, Chassity Wilkerson, Jaquetta Grier, Johnna Forehand, Jonquette Sanders, Kristin McLamb, Marshella Herrington, Mason Davis, Rashida Frison, Tonya Lane, Krysten Fail, Angel Cunningham, T.J. Flakes, Tabitha Trent, Lavonte Lovette, Charlotte Davis, Emiliy English, Krista Gay, Justin Lanier, Walter Ivy, Breezie Joiner, and Margaret Dickens.
In other news, Dairy Judging will begin shortly. I've had several students ask me if we were going to do it again this year, and the answer is YES. Practices will begin sometime around the second week of February. I will let you know the definite date and time in next week's paper. If this is something you have thought about considering, come to the first meeting and see what it's all about. Your level of dairy knowledge does not matter! We had students on last year's team whose only interaction with cows is when they pass by a cow pasture. Yet, somehow our juniors placed 5th and seniors 4th in the state. Come give it a try!
Cloverleaf DPA is just around the corner!! As soon as we get back from Jr/Sr we will reorganize, clean up the office, and start having 5th & 6th grade come in. So cloverleaf 4-H'ers, get prepared! Your time is coming soon! The competition won't be until April 5 but we will start signing up and getting projects done soon!
Also starting next month, we will be taking deposits for Summer Camp. Cloverleaf Camp is June 30- July 4 at Rock Eagle in Eatonton (which is the largest 4-H camp in the world!). Junior Camp is June 16- 20 at Jekyll Island and Senior Camp is June 30- July 4 at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. There is a nonrefundable $75 deposit required for all camps. Students will be receiving notification of complete camp cost, sign up dates, and fundraising activities during school club meetings.