Cloverleaf 4-H’ers take honors

Published 7:59 pm Friday, April 2, 2010

Seven Decatur County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers traveled to Sumter County to participate in District Project Achievement on March 20.

4-H’ers had the opportunity to choose from more than 60 project areas for their demonstration, proving that 4-H is more than cows and cooking by offering such an array of opportunities for the youth. Some of today’s projects include sports, veterinary science, air science, computers, water conservation, photography, wildlife and performing arts, just to name a few.

Each student provided a five-minute speech and used posters and other visual aids to guide them with their demonstration. The demonstrations were observed by judges and other spectators; 4-H’ers were then scored and placed accordingly. First-, second- and third-place winners were recognized at the closing assembly.

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Decatur County 4-H shined with five first-place titles and two fifth-place place finishes.

Results are as follows: Anders Austinson, home-school, was first place in international; Tyler Allen, Hutto Middle School, first place honors in outdoor recreation; Austin White, Hutto, first place in poultry and egg science; Savannah Padgett, Hutto, first place honors in target sports; Mattie Winburn, Grace Christian Academy, first place in public speaking; Jailyn Billingsly, fifth place in between meal snacks, and Payton Johns, fifth place in dog care and training.

Students worked diligently to prepare for the contest months prior to the contest.

Lindsey Bell is the 4-H coordinator with the Decatur County Extension Service. She can be reached by calling 248-3033 or e-mailing her at