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4-H Success at District Competition!

Lanier County 4-H attended the Southwest District Junior/Senior 4-H Project Achievement contest on January 31-February 2, 2020, at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. District Project Achievement (DPA) is a public speaking contest where youth give a 10-12 minute speech on their project area of choice, prepare a recipe, or perform for a set of judges. Each individual also submitted a portfolio that showcases yearlong work in their project area, leadership, community service, and other 4-H/community activities. This is an outstanding competition that comes with a lot of hard work and preparation. There were over 530 people at the event including 4-H’ers, volunteers, parents, and other Extension staff members.

Lanier County had five 4-H’ers competing and ALL five placed in their projects! Jacob Reid placed 2nd in Junior International, Samuel Pruitt placed 1st in Junior Festive Foods for Health, Brooke Stone placed 1st in Junior Swine, Harley McQueen placed 1st in Junior Environmental Science, and Madison Hunt placed 3rd in Senior Arts and Crafts. Way to go! Brooke and Harley also campaigned for Junior Board with 22 other youth from the district. We are so proud of these young people for representing Lanier County so well!

Three adults from Lanier County Extension also attended. Mrs. Kim Post, ANR Agent, and Ms. Dana Carney, FACS Agent, spent the weekend helping all of the 4-H’ers at DPA and judged project demonstrations.  Special thank you to Mrs. Kim for driving our 4-H’ers to and from Rock Eagle! Ms. Megan Powell, 4-H Agent, served as a District Board Advisor for 16 elected 4-H youth officers all year long. DPA is an event planned by those officers; the Board Advisors help to polish assembly scripts and organize the officers for the weekend.

We are very proud of all five of the competitors from Lanier County! If you would like more information about 4-H or District Project Achievement, please contact the Lanier County Extension Office at (229) 482-3895. 


Lanier County group picture at 2020 Jr/Sr DPA

2019 4-H Cloverleaf Project Achievement

Lanier County 4-H attended the Southwest District Cloverleaf 4-H Project Achievement contest on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. District Project Achievement (DPA) is a public speaking contest where youth give a 4-6 minute demonstration including a speech and posters on their project area of choice. The Cloverleaf age group is fifth and sixth graders! This is an outstanding competition that comes with a lot of hard work and preparation. DPA is an opportunity for young people to learn more about a topic that they enjoy and share their knowledge with others. These students wrote an essay, made posters, and practiced their demonstrations at the Extension office to prepare for the contest. No matter the results, they all learned new life skills, met new friends, and gained valuable self-confidence because of this experience. There were over 550 people at the event including 4-H’ers, teen leaders, volunteers, parents, and other Extension staff members.

Lanier County had 13 fifth grade and 2 sixth grade competitors. 10 out of the 15 participants placed first, second, or third in their projects!

5th grade:

•          Aubree Wiggins, 1st place in the Dairy project

•          Kadie Newbern, 1st place in the Food Fare project

•          Elizabeth Gallucci, 3rd place in the Safety Project

•          Bailey Brantley, 3rd place in the Companion Animal Science project

•          Hannah Paulson, 3rd in the Dog Care and Training project

•          Emily Peterson, 2nd place in the Paleontology project

•          Millie Browning, 1st place in the Sports-Team project

•          Bella Hunt, 2nd place in the Between Meal Snacks project

•          Jaidyn Russ, Dog Care and Training project

•          Chasey Chadwick, Horse project

•          Evelyn Fender, Crafts project

•          Fredrick Charles, Crafts project

•          Brayle Thomas, Horse project

6th grade:

•          Peyton Stone, 3rd place in the Wildlife project

•          Kody Marchessault, 3rd place in the Outdoor Survival Skills project

Way to go! All of the 4-H’ers from Lanier County did an awesome job and had very tough competition! These 4-H’ers will be recognized at the Lanier County Board of Education Meeting in the future.

We had two 4-H Teen Leaders attend, Reagin Jones and Madison Hunt. Reagin served as a score runner for the contest and gathered all of the materials after their projects. Madison served as a project judge for several project areas and helped with materials after the contest. Three of the Lanier County Extension staff members also attended. Ms. Dana Carney, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, judged projects. Ms. Megan Powell, 4-H Agent, served as the District Board Advisor for 7 elected 4-H youth officers that conducted the Awards Assembly. Ms. Kim Kester Post, ANR Agent, also judged projects. Lanier County 4-H had a great support system at the event! Many parents of our 4-H’ers attended to watch our youth present their demonstrations and receive awards.

Lanier County 4-H received a donation from Farmers and Merchants Bank to fund our trip to DPA. This allows 4-H to offer this contest free of charge for the students. Thank you to Farmers and Merchants Bank of Lakeland, GA!

We are very proud of all fifteen of the competitors from Lanier County! If you would like more information about 4-H, please contact the Lanier County Extension Office at (229) 482-3895. 


Lanier County group picture at 2019 CL DPA

2019 4-H Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

On February 15, members of 4-H traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to explore the Georgia Aquarium. A total of 52 people attended this trip- 27 from Lanier County 4-H and 25 from Tift County 4-H. There are 4-H programs in all 159 counties in the state of Georgia and we love doing 4-H activities together. The Georgia Aquarium Trip allowed our 4-H’ers to visit Atlanta, see a Dolphin Show, shop in the gift shops, enjoy lunch at Café Aquaria, and explore the aquarium exhibits. The four main galleries are Cold Water Quest, Ocean Voyager, Tropical Diver, and River Scout.

The Cold Water Quest shows the coldest oceans that have wildlife like the weedy sea dragon, beluga whale, giant Pacific octopus, and Japanese spider crab. Ocean Voyager is home to the gentle giants of the sea, including whale sharks and manta rays. This exhibit had a walk through acrylic tunnel and gigantic acrylic viewing window that allowed you to see thousands of fish swimming around you. One of the largest living reef exhibits in the world is in the Tropical Diver. There are many living corals and thousands of tropical reef fish in this gallery. River Scout shows the diversity of animals found in the rivers and lakes of Africa, South America, Asia, and the state of Georgia. The 4-H’ers loved exploring these different exhibits!

The adults that attended from Lanier County were Mrs. Lindsey Stone (volunteer leader), Mr. David Hanks (volunteer leader and bus driver), and Ms. Megan Powell (4-H Agent). Thank you to our great volunteers Mrs. Lindsey and Mr. David! We had a total of 24 students and they are listed below by their grade.

·   5th graders: Fernando Rodriguez, Cassidy Dahlgreen, Peyton Stone, Destiny Lawson, Alexis Smith, Madison Morgan, Reid Holbrook, and Karma Thomas.

·   6th graders: Vindi Taylor, Briannah Wright, Chase Smith, Brooke Stone, Faith Davis, and Harley McQueen.

·   7th graders: Jacob Reid, Samuel Hanks, Carolina Batts, and Savannah Smith.

·   8th graders: Gaylon Griner, Winter Dube, Danyelle Smith, and Hunter McQueen.

·   9th grader: Valencia Fussell.

·   10th grader: Callie Reid.

4-H offers many activities that allow young people to explore different places around the state of Georgia and learn valuable life skills. The Georgia Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world with over 10 million gallons of water! We will offer this trip again around the same time next year, so like the “Lanier County 4-H” Facebook page to get the fastest 4-H updates. If you would like to learn more about 4-H in Lanier County, please call our Extension Office at (229) 482-3895.


Group Photo