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Four Paulding County 4-H students competed at State 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia July 26-29, 2016. Competitors included Jamie Babecka, Home School student in the Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors project, Josh Kudwa of Paulding County High School in the Food Fare project, Aaren Schertler, Home School student in the Companion Animal Science project, and Madison Thomason of Paulding County High School in the Health project. The 4-H’ers began the competition in January where each submitted a portfolio or resume that included leadership, community service, and project work in each of their respective project areas. In March, each student competed at Northwest District 4- H Project Achievement for the demonstration portion of the competition whether it was an hour and half cooking lab demonstrating their food lab skills or a ten minute demonstration on a specific topic. Each of these 4-H’ers earned top honors at the district level, advancing them to the state competition. Aaren placed 1 st in the state earning Master 4-H status, Jamie and Madison placed 2 nd , and Josh placed 3 rd at State 4-H Congress. The students were accompanied to State Congress by 4-H Agent Brittani Kelley. For more information about Project Achievement, State Congress, or Paulding County 4-H contact the UGA Extension Paulding County Office at 770-443- 7616 or visit our office at 530 W. Memorial Drive, Dallas, GA 30132.4h group 600

Pictured from left to right: Madison Thomason, Jamie Babecka, Aaren Schertler, and Josh Kudwa