August 2006
4-H Extension Corner



 
  Rodger Dale Jones from Lawrence County was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Alabama Volunteer Leaders Association for his outstanding service to the Volunteer Association and 4-H. Receiving the award for Jones is Linda Robinson, center, County Extension Coordinator for Lawrence County. Pictured with Robinson are Dr. Bill Garrett (left), president-elect of the Alabama Volunteer Leaders Association and Mrs. Vivian Garrett, representative for North Alabama District IV. The award was presented June 28 at the 2006 Alabama 4-H State Congress and Leadership Conference in Auburn.
Welcome back to school. I hope that everyone had a great summer and accomplished all of your summertime goals! 4-H has had a very busy summer.

As I write this we have just finished an exciting and wonderful State 4-H Congress held at Auburn University and about to embark on our State 4-H Horse Show.

Click Here for a Complete List of Winners

Make sure that you congratulate those individuals from your area. They were winners for just participating.

4-H is a science based youth program and the following gives you an idea of why it is important to get your youth involved.

Essential Elements of 4-H

Research has determined that there are eight elements that are critical to youth development and central to the 4-H experience.

A Caring Adult is an advisor, guide and mentor. The adults help set boundaries and expectations for young people. Caring adults could be called supporters, friends and advocates.
 
Three outstanding 4-Hers were presented Alabama Volunteer Leaders Association scholarships at the Alabama 4-H State Congress and Leadership Conference. Kimberly Lynn McGraw from Mobile County was presented a $400 scholarship; and Jacob Hartin from Butler County was presented a $200 scholarship. Not pictured is Paul Houston from Jefferson County who won a $600 scholarship. Pictured with the winners are Dr. Bill Garrett (left) and Mrs. Vivian Garrett (far right). The 4-H program is available in all 67 counties in Alabama and is conducted by agents of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. 4-H programs in Alabama reach almost 100,000 young people between the ages of 9 and 19.  

• A Safe Environment: Youth should not fear physical or emotional harm while participating in the 4-H experience, whether from the learning environment itself, adults, other participants or spectators.

• Opportunity for Mastery: Mastery is the building of knowledge, skills and attitudes and then demonstrating the competent use of these skills in the manner of a proficient practitioner. The level of mastery is dependent on the developmental ability of the individual child or youth. The development of mastery is a process over time.

• Opportunity for Service: Finding one’s self begins with losing yourself in the service of others. Service is a way for members to gain exposure to the larger community, indeed the world itself. It is necessary to actively practice and treasure service.

• Opportunity for self-determination: Believing that you have impact over life’s events rather than passively submitting to the will and whims of others is self-determination. Young people must foster a personal sense of influence over their own lives, exercising their potential to become self-directing, autonomous adults.

• An inclusive environment: An inclusive environment is one that allows a sense of belonging to develop, encourages and supports its members, and offers encouragement with positive and specific feedback. Healthy groups celebrate the success of all members taking pride in the collective efforts of all.

• Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future: The ability to see oneself in the future is to harness the hope and optimism to shape life choices to facilitate the transition into participating in the future.

• Engagement in learning: An engaged youth is one who is mindful of the subject area, building relationships and connections in order to develop understanding. Through self-reflection, the brain has the ability to self-correct and learn from experience. The engaged learner has a higher degree of self-motivation and an inexhaustible capacity to create.

from The Philosophical and Academic Basis of 4-H January 2005 II. 2

Until next time, God Bless

James Shropshire is the Alabama 4-H Regional Extension Agent for the Central Alabama Region. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



2006 4-H STATE CONGRESS AWARDS

ARTS, ARCHITECTURE
AND PHOTOGRAPHY

BLOCKS ROCK!

Best in Show Sr. I: Bronsen Edmond and Chase Kerr, Marshall County
Best in Show Sr II: Joseph Last, Lawrence County
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EXTREME BIRDHOUSE
Best in Show Sr. I: Nikki Little, Fayette County
Best in Show Sr. I: Megan Couch, Jackson County
Best in Show Sr. II: Amanda Graves, Jefferson County
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THE WORLD I IMAGINE (ALTERED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT)
Best in Show Sr. I: Alan Last, Lawrence County
Best in Show Sr. II: Jarret Moore, Lee County
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THE WORLD I SEE (TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT)
Best in Show Sr. I: Hannah McDougal, Choctaw County
Best in Show Sr. I: Casey Herston, Lauderdale County
Best in Show Sr. II: Callie DeRamus, Tuscaloosa County
Best in Show Sr. II: Lucas Beavers, Lauderdale County
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FREESTYLE

FREESTYLE DEMONSTRATION

Senior Level I
1st PLACE: Aaron Graves, Jefferson County
2nd PLACE: Sawyer Spratlin, Randolph County
FREESTYLE DEMONSTRATION
Senior Level II
1st PLACE: Bailee Dykes, Pike County
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FREESTYLE SHOWCASE EXHIBIT
Senior Level I

1st PLACE: Caitlin Frey, Morgan County
2nd PLACE: Jake Hammond, Lauderdale County
3rd PLACE: Elizabeth Anderson, Lee County
FREESTYLE SHOWCASE EXHIBIT
Senior Level II

1st PLACE: Kimberly Mcgraw, Mobile County
2nd PLACE: Desnatie Reynolds, Lawrence County
3rd PLACE: Katie Harbour, Shelby County
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HEALTHY LIVING

CHEF 4-H Senior Level I

1st PLACE: Anna Leigh Peak, Limestone County
2nd PLACE: Mary Joe Melton, Pike County
3rd PLACE: Whitley Fleming, Lawrence County
CHEF 4-H Senior Level II
1st PLACE: Somer Behel, Lauderdale County
2nd PLACE: Taylor Andrews, Crenshaw County
3rd PLACE: Erin Johnson, Jackson County
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CHICKENQUE Senior Level I
1st PLACE: Kraig Taylor, Lee County
2nd PLACE: Jacob Smith, Lamar County
3rd PLACE: Zack Hill, Morgan County
CHICKENQUE Senior Level II
1st PLACE: J. D. Wynn, Morgan County
2nd PLACE: Mathew Gates, Pike County
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HEALTHY LIVING FOR LIFE EXHIBIT
Senior Level I

1st PLACE: Brittany Alexander, Marshall County
2nd PLACE: Kayla Stinnett, Limestone County
3rd PLACE: Soalone Adams, Covington County
HEALTHY LIVING FOR LIFE EXHIBIT
Senior Level II
1st PLACE: Rachel Voss, Etowah County
2nd PLACE: Kanani Miller, Randolph County
3rd PLACE: Kimberly Chillua, Tallapoosa County
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LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNICATION

PRESENT IT WITH POWER

Best in Show Sr. I: Chyle Smallwood, Fayette County
Best in Show Sr. I: Brandon Hester, Franklin County
Best in Show Sr. II: Corey Phillips, Mobile County
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SPEAK UP ALABAMA — INFORMATIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING
Senior Level I

1st PLACE: Allison Morrow, Franklin County
2nd PLACE: Lori Rives, Autauga County
3rd PLACE: Miranda Kloberdanz, Lauderdale County
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SPEAK UP ALABAMA — INFORMATIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING
Senior Level II

1st PLACE: Natalie Woods, Washington County
2nd PLACE: Jeremiah Mooney, Lawrence County
3rd PLACE: Kaitlin Crenshaw, St. Clair County
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SPEAK UP ALABAMA — PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING
Senior Level I

1st PLACE: Meghan Kenny, Madison County
2nd PLACE: Azeem Ahmed, Lee County
3rd PLACE: Lisa Darrough, Baldwin County
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SPEAK UP ALABAMA — PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING
Senior Level II

1st PLACE: Andrew Brymer, Jefferson County
2nd PLACE: Brittany Bivins, Chilton County
3rd PLACE: Cassandra Smith, Marshall County
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

BICYCLE SAFETY Senior Level I

1st PLACE: John Johnson, Randolph County
2nd PLACE: Ashley Washington, Lamar County
3rd PLACE: Scottie Jones, Sumter County
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BICYCLE SAFETY Senior Level II
1st PLACE: Justin Echols, Macon County
2nd PLACE: Ranee Harvey, Pike County
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SCI-TECH CHALLENGE ELECTRICAL ENERGY EXHIBIT
Best in Show Sr. II: Jessica Pearlstein, Pike County
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SCI-TECH CHALLENGE
PLANT, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EXHIBIT
Senior Level I

1st Place: Ethan Parker, St. Clair County
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SCI-TECH CHALLENGE
PLANT, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EXHIBIT
Senior Level II

1st PLACE: Deborah Garrett, Shelby County
2nd PLACE: Amanda Ellenburg, Marshall County
3rd PLACE: Jennifer Register, Pike County
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LAWN TRACTOR OPERATION
Senior Level I

1st PLACE: William Gotcher, Colbert County
2nd PLACE: Brandon Boyd, Macon County
3rd PLACE: Jeremy Corn, Talladega County
LAWN TRACTOR OPERATION
Senior Level II

1st PLACE: Robin McLendon, Pike County
2nd PLACE: Andrew Dorough, Autauga County
3rd PLACE: Jahmeel Moore, Morgan County
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ACHIEVEMENT

2006 ALABAMA 4-H ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS
Senior Level I

Levi Claridy, Madison County — Beef Production
Haley Anderson, Houston County — Communications
Dalta Garrett, Shelby County – Electric Energy
Meghan Kenny, Madison County — Equine Science
Mariah Logan, Choctaw County – Leadership/Citizenship
Sawyer Spratlin, Randolph County – Natural Resources
Chelsea Boyd, Cleburne County – At-Large – Swine

Senior Level II
Erin Johnson, Jackson County – At-Large Community Service
Ryan Sprinkle, Fayette County — Leadership/Citizenship
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2006 VOLUNTEER LEADER ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Paul Houston, Jefferson County — $600
Kimberly Lynn McGraw, Mobile County — $400
Jacob Hartin, Butler County — $200
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2006 ALABAMA VOLUNTEER LEADER ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Brandon Strickland, Mobile County – Terrell and Ann Guthrie Award
Rodger Dale Jones, Lawrence County – Volunteer of the Year