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Coosa County 4-H youth were busy this summer with 4-H projects, competitions and leadership opportunities! The following youth received recognition for their 4-H achievements at recent events.
Rookie of the Year awards were presented to Ayden Gardin and Faith Bennett (not pictured) for their outstanding participation in 4-H during fourth grade, which is their first year of eligibility. Ayden participated in the Blocks Rock and 4-H Grows projects and raised chicks in the 4-H Chick Chain project. Faith was an active member of the 4-H Project Club and entered Blocks Rock and baking projects.
The Catchings Award is presented to a young man and a young woman in middle school for their 4-H achievements. Reagan Cardwell, now a Central High School ninth grader, placed 1st in Public Speaking at Regional Congress and volunteered with 4-H on the new Outdoor Classroom learning stations installed in the 4-H Clubhouse yard. Dylan Calhoun is in his fifth year as a 4-H member, and his favorite 4-H activity is Summer Camp! He also volunteered for the project at the 4-H Clubhouse.
Home school student Mimi Heffelfinger received the 4-H Clover Award, which goes to a 4-H high school member with outstanding 4-H project work and leadership. Mimi’s 4-H resume includes Chick Chain, rabbit and baking projects. Now that she has an established flock at home, Mimi is a teen leader for the Chick Chain project. Most recently, she conducted a Showmanship Clinic for new Chick Chain members.
Olivia Hay, who participated in the archery project throughout elementary and high school, received the 4-H Graduating Senior Award. Olivia also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Alabama 4-H Foundation as a result of her 4-H endeavors.
Siblings Josiah and Sarah Milhan represented Coosa County 4-H at a regional Chick Chain Show in Clanton. Josiah earned Reserve Grand Champion in the Showmanship Division and placed 2nd overall in his Breed Class with his White Plymouth Rock birds. Sarah received an award for her Record Book in the Showmanship Division and placed 1st overall in the Breed Class with her Golden Laced Wyandottes.
Coosa youth selected for Alabama 4-H Tech Changemaker project
Pictured from left: 4-H Regional Agent Janet Lovelady, Joseph Weathers, Gary Franklin, Reagan Cardwell, Daniel Weathers, and Dr. Molly Gregg, director of Alabama 4-H. Photo submitted
Four Central High School students have been selected for a new 4-H leadership project called 4-H Tech Changemaker. Reagan Cardwell, Gary Franklin, Daniel Weathers, and Joseph Weathers will travel around the region conducting 4-H Tech Changemaker programs. With this project, the youth use the 4-H platform to spread a message about internet access and to train adults on digital skills. The youth recently traveled to Auburn University, where they participated in Ag Roundup.