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Washington County 4-H'ers Compete at Southeast District Project Achievement

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Washington County 7th – 12th grade 4-H’ers recently competed in the 4-H Junior / Senior Southeast District Project Achievement February 7-9, 2020 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. District Project Achievement, also known as DPA, is an event where 4-H’ers present a demonstration on a specific topic and compete against other 4-H’ers in their Project Area. These 4-H’ers competed against over 600 4-H’ers from the 40 counties within our Southeast District.

Junior District Project Achievement Participants: Kayden Hope 2nd Place in Photography, Carrington Jenkins 1st Place in Fashion Revue, Shaina Marat 1st Place in Cat Care, Alyssa Maze 2nd Place in Photography, Mackenzie Sheram 2nd Place in Dog Care and Training, Julia Wilcher 2nd Place in Performing Arts Dance and Jolene Williams 3rd Place in Companion Animals.

Senior District Project Participants: Vadasha Blount in Arts and Crafts, Ju’zie Booze in Performing Arts Vocal, Nylah Green in Human Development, Roberta Leale 2nd Place in International, Ar’Chardonnay Morgan in Performing Arts Other Instrumental, Tydrekuz Poole in Performing Arts Vocal, Geena Rubiera 1st Place in Companion Animals, Deidra Tillman in Arts and Crafts, and Kendra van Loenen 2nd Place in Poultry.

Geena Rubiera will get to represent Washington County at State Congress in July due to her win as a Senior 4-H’er.

Washington County 4-H was also recognized in 1st Place for the Highest Percent of Junior Winners with 100%.

Tineke van Loenen attended as a Volunteer Leader. Washington County Extension Staff that attended were: Cindy Sheram, 4-H Agent and Anna Padgett, AmeriCorps 4-H Program Assistant.

We are very proud of our 4-H’ers and extremely appreciative of our Volunteers for their support. For more information about 4-H, to become a volunteer or to make a donation, please contact the County Extension Office at 552-2011.

Dr. Kim Kitchens Receives Southeast District 4-H Volunteer Award

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Dr. Kim Kitchens was recognized at Southeast District Project Achievement, February 8th, with the Southeast District 4-H Outstanding Volunteer Award. He was nominated for his work with the Washington County 4-H Program.

Dr. Kitchens started the Washington County Shotgun Team 9 years ago and it has grown tremendously over the past 9 years due to his passion and dedication to 4-H and the youth of Washington County. He has worked diligently with the county to obtain the county landfill to make the 4-H Shotgun Range possible.

He has been responsible for raising thousands of dollars through grants annually to help keep the cost down for team members and to purchase much needed equipment for the new range. Dr. Kitchens and the team of coaches have also raised money through donations to cover expenses such as shells and the cost of registration for competitions. The Washington County 4-H Shotgun Team has also been responsible for hosting one of the four district qualifying matches each year with more than 175 youth participants thus raising money for the team as well.

This year the Washington County 4-H Senior Team won at the State Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Match and advanced to Nationals where they finished in 5th place overall and 4th place in Sporting Clays. Dr. Kitchens along with the team of coaches raised money within a two week time span to cover the expense of the trip to nationals and new machines for the team, further improving the shooting experience locally.

Dr. Kitchens serves as a county advisory board member for 4-H where he plays an active role and serves as an advocate for the Washington County 4-H Program. He has also served on the Project S.A.F.E. Shotgun Advisory Board the past three years.

Washington County 4-H S.A.F.E. Shotgun Team Wins State Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays and Advances to National

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The Washington County 4-H S.A.F.E. Shotgun Team members consisting of Bryan McAfee, Elliott Price, Christopher Kitchens, and Tyson Clark won the 4-H State Championship in Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Trap on Memorial Day weekend at Savannah. The team advanced to the 4-H National Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 23-28. Nearly 700 youth from 36 states competed in the nine disciplines, and the shotgun team competed in sporting clays, skeet, and trap.  The competition was intense and the teams were challenged by the high winds of the plains state.

Our team won 5th place overall for the three events and 4th place in sporting clays. On an individual basis, Tyson Clark was 9th place overall, 6th in sporting, and 7th in trap.

We are appreciative for the financial support of our donors and the encouragement from our community. Our team is excited about the upcoming year, and hopes to repeat our success in the future.

We would like to thank all of the wonderful coaches that have helped the team to achieve attending the nationals. We would like to acknowledge the following coaches and their families who traveled to Nebraska for the 4-H National Championships: Dr. Kim & Mrs. Layne Kitchens, Jamie Clark, Tim Franklin, Todd & Stephanie McAfee and Wesley & Tracey Price.

S.A.F.E. stands for Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education. The program introduces 4-H'ers to the sport of shooting; promotes shooting safety; develops discipline, poise, and self-control, and re-enforces the concept of teamwork and good sportsmanship.  During meeting times members learn the fundamentals of shooting and work on the skills needed to do well in the shooting sport. Members also learn the importance of safety in the shooting sport.

Our team will offer shooting opportunities for the community in the near future with our range on Kaolin Road being open to the public for opportunities to shoot skeet, trap, and five stand.

Any youth, in 7th - 12th grade may join the Shotgun Team as long as they have completed the Georgia Hunter’s Safety Course. For more information about 4-H or to become a volunteer please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 552-2011.


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