The competition was open to  all 4-H club members  in Tallapoosa County. Students could compete in as many categories as they wanted. | Submitted
The competition was open to all 4-H club members in Tallapoosa County. Students could compete in as many categories as they wanted. | Submitted

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Local students compete in 4-H competition

Published 11:39am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Children and parents gathered at the Dadeville Recreation Center last Thursday to compete in five 4-H exhibit projects.

Kirsten Holt, regional extension agent for 4-H and youth development, said that throughout the year, 4-H offers 20 different contests.

“We try to divide them up,” Holt said. “In February, we had public speaking and the baked food contests – these are very popular so we separate them for this reason.”

Children competed in five different exhibit projects. Two projects were photography exhibits which included The World I See, in which children entered original photographs, and The World I Imagine, which allowed children to creatively manipulate original photographs using computer software. The competition featured two art and architecture exhibits including Blocks Rock, which allowed students to utilize Legos and their creativity to create their own masterpiece, and eXtreme Birdhouse, where children could create a birdhouse limited only by their own imagination. The final event was a woodworking competition called What Wood You Build? where students worked from a distributed construction plan to show off their skills as craftsmen.

Holt said the turnout this year was a major improvement from years past.

“The quality of the projects was outstanding

– there was a lot of creativity in that room,” Holt said. “It warmed my heart to see the kids that took the time to get engaged in their projects. I think they were all proud of their work.”

All winners received ribbons and small monetary prizes. The following winners were announced:

What Wood You Build 

Junior Division 

- Brody Newman, first place

- Mary Carol Rasbury, second place

The World I See 

Junior Division

- Zoe Veres, first place

- Mary Carol Rasbury, second place

- Joseph Gulley, third place

- Intermediate Division

- Mazamus Myers, first place

- Charlie Parker, second place

Senior I Division

- Nicholas Smith, first place

The World I Imagine

Junior Division

- Case Wood, first place

- Hanah Packer, second place

- Brody Newman, third place

Blocks Rock

Junior Division

- Kiley Bowins, first place

- Cade Wood and Grant Hall, seond place

- Joseph Gulley, third place

Senior II Division

- Jimmy Haddox, first place

eXtreme Birdhouse

Junior Division

- Hanah Packer, first place

- Tyler Darnell, second place

- Joseph Gulley, third place

Senior II Division

- Jimmy Haddox, first place

Holt said that the top two winners in each category have the option of continuing on to regional congress to compete against other counties. In the senior divisions, the top two can compete at the State Competitive Events Day.

For more information on 4-H, visit http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/index.php.

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