Effingham County Extension News

Effingham 4-H’ers attend Southeast DPA

17 Effingham County 4-H members attended the Southeast District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center January 29-31, 2016.  During the weekend 4-H’ers presented demonstrations, participated in community service projects, interacted with friends from all over the Southeast District and showed great integrity.  They work hard, show up and always put their best forward … it makes me proud to be their 4-H Agent!  Not all came home with a blue ribbon but they all can hold their head high for a job well done.

Effingham has 5 4-H members who will be advancing to State 4-H Congress in July and was also awarded 1st place for the highest percentage of winners.

Project Achievement is a cornerstone in the Georgia 4-H program that teaches a young person public speaking skills, interview skills, record keeping skills, social skills and self-confidence.  As a partner in public education, Georgia 4-H Project Achievement serves as a forum to showcase a 4-H’ers hard work and success.  To compete in this competition, 7th – 12th grade 4-H members first pick a project area of interest to them, then keep a yearly record of project work and finally prepare a 10-12 minute presentation for competition.  The competition, DPA, is a fun filled weekend at the largest 4-H center in the world . . . Rock Eagle!  Not only do participant have the opportunity to present their demonstrations, they also can run for a leadership position as a Southeast District Board member, participate in service projects, meet friends from all over the Southeast District and have tons of fun!

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About Abby Smith

Abby W. Smith is the County Extension Coordinator and 4-H Youth Development Agent for Effingham County Extension. She has worked for UGA Extension cumulatively for seven years. 4-H and Extension has always been an important part of life for Smith and she is dedicated to offering well-rounded, diverse and educationally based programming for the citizens of Effingham County.