4-H Round-Up showcases creative work of students

By Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

An estimated 150 4-H’ers representing Hartselle City Schools, Decatur City Schools and Morgan County Schools showcased their creative talents at the Morgan County 4-H Round-Up at First Baptist Church in Hartselle March 15.

4-H members from grades four through eight were encouraged to choose a project from a list of 12 option at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. They made a commitment to work on perfecting their projects during regular club meetings.

Competitions were held at the school level, and winners were invited to enter their projects for judging at the annual 4-H Round-Up. The projects were judged during the Round-Up, and winners were announced at noon. Those receiving first-place awards qualified to compete in regional competition at Calhoun Community College June 9.

Projects submitted for judging were Extreme Birdhouse, Blocks Rock (Legos), Green Thumb, Public Speaking, The World I Picture, Freestyle Showcase, Freestyle Demonstration, $15 Challenge, What Wood You Build, Interior Design, Baked Goods, Chef 4-H and Chicken Que.

An assembly program preceded project judging, lunch and award presentations.

Sharon Fisher, 4-H agent assistant, welcomed the volunteer judges, parents and teachers. She commended the students for the quality of their work and thanked First Baptist Church for hosting the event.

“It’s good to see this number of students who have demonstrated an interest in the 4-H program,” said Mike Reeves, Morgan County Extension coordinator, speaking to those in attendance. “I’m a little bit envious because unlike you I didn’t have the opportunity to be a 4-H’er when I was a kid.”

First Baptist youth pastor Jeremy Wilson extended best wishes to the students in their respective competitions and led them in prayer.

4-H team leader Sam Gullison led students in the Pledge of Allegiance. “I think 4-H is a really good thing,” said Sam, an eighth-grader at Cotaco School. “It gets kids involved in things they may not know about.”

4-H Regional Extension Agent Kenneth Gamble directed traffic to the respective judging stations. “I’m not as much concerned about how you place in the competition,” he said, “as I am about you learning from what you see here and having some fun.”

 

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