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Tattnall County 4-H’ers Excel at Cloverleaf District Project Achievement
Cloverleaf DPA 2022 participants
Cloverleaf DPA Participants. Front row (l-r): Jannie Brock, Jubal Stanfield, Paityn Rigdon, Braylen Jarriel, Jayden Faircloth, Kally Santos, Riley Henriquez, Emma Tyson, and Katie Miller. Middle row: Shyanne Busbie, Bentley Kicklighter, Eli Bland, Kaylee Mobley, Andrayah Lucy McMillan, Anayeli Hernandez-Ramirez, Della Quarles, and Karley Rodriguez. Back row: Addison Iddins, Desalee Williams, Kha’Nayla Bacon, Walker Page, McKenley Haskins, Kirayah Goodie, and Aubrey Padgett.

Twenty-four Tattnall County 4-H’ers competed at the 2022 Cloverleaf District Project Achievement in Emanuel County on March 26, collectively bringing home 12 first place awards, eight second place awards, three third place awards, and one fourth place award. 

Their hard work led to the group being recognized for having the highest percentage of winners at the event with 95 percent. 

At the District Project Achievement Competition, each young person competed against youth from other counties in assigned project areas. Fifth grade winners and sixth grade winners were selected for each project category. 

First place winners at the competition included: Kha’Nayla Bacon, Food for Fitness, 6th grade; Eli Bland, Sports-Individual, 6th grade;  McKenley Haskins, Cat Care, 6th grade; Anayeli Hernandez-Ramirez, Arts, 6th; Addison Iddins, Herpetology, 6th grade; Kaylee Mobley, Current People\Places\Events, 6th grade; Aubrey Padgett, Workforce Preparation and Career Development, 6th grade; Paityn Rigdon, Geology, 5th grade; Karley Rodriguez, Health, 6th grade; Kally Santos, Sports – Team , 6th grade; Emma Tyson, Dog Care and Training, 5th grade; and, Della Quarles, Dog Care and Training, 6th grade.

The following 4-H’ers won 2nd place in their project categories: Jannie Brock, Outdoor Recreation, 5th grade; Jayden Faircloth, Sports – Individual, 6th grade; Kirayah Goodie, Historic Places and Events, 6th grade; Riley Henriquez, Veterinary Science, 5th grade; Braylen Jarriel, Public Speaking, 5th grade; Bentley Kicklighter, Safety, 5th grade; Andrayah Lucy McMillan, Entomology, 5th grade; and, Walker Page, Wildlife, 6th grade.

Additional winners at the event included: Shyanne Busbie, Target Sports, 3rd place; Katie Miller, Performing Arts General, 3rd place; Desalee Williams, Historic People, 3rd place; and Jubal Stanfield, Wildlife, 4th place. 

In order to qualify for the event, 4-H’ers competed in an essay contest earlier this Spring. One essay contest winner was selected from each school to win a $50 camp scholarship. Essay contest winners were Leo Francisco (Overall Winner), Walker Page (STMS), Jannie Brock (GES), Aubrey Padgett (NTMS), Rilez Henriquez (RES), and Emma Tyson (CES). A total of 77 essays were submitted to the contest by 5th & 6th grade students at all five local schools. From these essays, 65 finalists were selected to advance and invited to participate in District Project Achievement.

County Award at DPA
Tattnall County 4-H was recognized for having the highest percentage of first, second, and third place winners at 95 percent. Pictured with the award are Melissa Miller (4-H Volunteer), Ariel Cruz (4-H Student Worker), Yvette Kennedy (4-H Volunteer), Lucy Weigert (Southeast District Board Member), and Kristie Rodriguez (4-H Volunteer).

Youth who chose to accept their invitation to participate in District Project Achievement had to edit their essay into a four-minute to six-minute speech and created PowerPoint slides to support as a visual aid. One 4-H’er competed in the Performing Arts-Dance project and created a choreographed dance instead of a speech for her project. 4-H’ers met in the afternoons with Extension staff members Rebekah Greene, 4-H Agent, and Ariel Cruz, 4-H Student Worker, to prepare and practice their presentations prior to the District event. 

Extension staff and volunteers who helped chaperone and served as judges on Saturday included Dale Barnard (4-H Volunteer and Bus Driver), Derrick Bowen (ANR Agent), Rebekah Greene (4-H Agent), Yvette Kennedy (4-H Volunteer), Melissa Miller (4-H Volunteer), Kristie Rodriguez (4-H Volunteer), and Aubrey Shirley (ANR Agent). Ariel Cruz, Kate Jarriel, and Megan Miller served as Teen Leaders and Project Judges for the event. A total of over 45 parents, grandparents, siblings, and other guests also attended the event to support their Tattnall County youth who were competing. Special thanks to the Glennville Bank for helping sponsor the event.