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Twenty 4-H'ers from nine counties competed in the 2014 Senior 4-H Achievement Awards. Students submitted records on a wide variety of projects - Performing and Creative Arts, Communication, Food and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, Poultry, Equine, Beef, Leadership and Citizenship and the general, At Large, category.

"We are excited to have the largest number of entries in several years," said Ruth Sarro, co-chairman of the event. "We greatly appreciate the hard work of youth, parents, county and regional Extension staff members."

4-H Achievement Awards begin with an application summarizing the 4-H'ers' leadership and 4-H project work. "Working on the 4-H Achievement application is good preparation for completing scholarship applications and job resumes because, on the application, students list skills they have developed through 4-H experiences," Sarro explained.

Before the competition is complete, designated students are interviewed – another preparation for real life experiences.  Co-chairman, Betty Gottler has received feedback from previous Achievement Award participants, "It takes time and effort to complete the 4-H Achievement Application and prepare for the interview.  Past-participants have told us that this process helped in real-life situations in college and the job market.  Many have said they felt confident when completing tasks for scholarships, internships and entry level positions.  They referred to the 4-H Achievement program as the reason for their success."

Awards are presented during the closing ceremony of 4-H Mid-Winter Teen Leadership Retreat in February. In addition to a trophy, 4-H Achievement Award winners receive an expense paid leadership trip. There are two age groups for awards: Senior 1 (14 – 15 years old) and Senior 2 (16 – 18 years old)

The 2014 Senior 4-H Achievement Award winners are:

Senior 1 ( 14 – 15 years old)

Gavin Rankins, Lee County – At-Large Projects

Cheyenne Hartin, Covington County – Leadership & Citizenship

Audrey Livingston, Covington County – Performing and Creative Arts

Sarah Oden, Etowah County – Poultry

Jeffrey Calvert, Lauderdale County – Beef

Gordon Cartwright, Covington County – Food and Nutrition

Paige Wilbanks, Lauderdale County – Equine


Senior 2 (16 – 18 years old)

Jared Fuchs, Shelby County - At–Large projects

Andrew Williamson, Morgan County – Leadership and Citizenship

Taylor Parker, Cherokee County – Poultry

Ivy Harbin, Limestone County – Beef

Alli Riddle, Covington County – Family and Consumer Science (non-food)

David Baker, Covington County – Communications

Alexandria Mason, Lawrence County – Food and Nutrition

Rebekah Wood, Limestone County – Equine


Committee members:

Betty Gottler, Co-chairman; Ruth Sarro, Co-chairman; Rachel Snoddy; Lindsay Kimbro


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