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Dawson County 4-H members see success at district project competition
4H March 15
Left to Right: Madelyn Long, Savannah Griffith, Megan Bearden, Gloria Jerzierska, Johnathan Graves, Hayden Reidling, Phillip Hunt and Dalton Rider. (photo courtesy of Samantha Graves)

Earlier this month, nine members of the Dawson County 4-H group competed at the Northeast District Project Achievement competition at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and saw success with the projects that they presented. 

According to a release by the organization, the district meeting was from March 4 through 6 and was attended by 420 junior and senior 4-H members from the Northeast district. Members presented their projects and participated in activities such as decorating flower pots, planting flowers for senior citizens and coin wars to collect money to send kids to camp. 

Six senior Dawson County 4-H members attended: Johnathan Graves with an international project, Phillip Hunt with a public speaking project, Madelyn Long with a Festive Foods for Health project, Hayden Reidling with a performing arts instrumental project,  Dalton Rider with a general recreation project and Olivia Smith with a public speaking project. 

“Hayden took first place finish in the district with a guitar medley tribute to Tony Rice,” the release said. “He will compete at the state level in July 2022.” 

Three junior Dawson County 4-H members also competed and saw success at the meeting: Megan Bearden won third place with her cheesy quesadillas in her dairy foods project, Savannah Griffith won first place with her speech in “Parakeet Basics” in her companion animal science project and Gloria Jerzierska won first place with her health project about “Heterochromia”. 

“On the way home, the competitors were treated to a stop at Insomnia Cookies in Athens as a reward,” the release added. “Overall the weekend was a huge success and we brought home a bus full of tired but very happy 4-H members.” 

If you would like more information on what activities and programs 4-H has to offer your 4th-12th grader, contact the Dawson County Extension Office at 706-265-2442.