Henderson County 4-H participants brought home a lot of awards last week from the District 5 Record Book Judging competition.

“I am tremendously excited with our books and I think they (participants) did an outstanding job,” Hilary Grider with the Henderson County Agricultural Extension office said.

According to competition records they brought home 16 awards for placing under either the junior, intermediate or senior categories.

“We had a lot of kids place second and third, this is really good and these kids will be moving up next year,” Grider said.

According to the 4-H Web site, "For the Record" is the record keeping system designed to help 4-H members learn the importance and benefits of record keeping. They state this system will benefit members involved in all sectors of the 4-H program, including community clubs, special interest projects and school curriculum.

Heather Hirsch from Cross Roads placed first in the senior group with her record book for her beef project.

“She will be going to state in August,” Grider said.

She said Henderson County 4-H had 17 books compete at the multi-county level and 18 of went to district.

“From district winners go to state then they go to national competition,” Grider said.

According to 4-H guidelines, the following objectives are used for a record book. Objectives will be revised annually to address issues affecting youth development. The objectives are to be used in setting goals for project experiences, leadership, community service and awards. They will be reflected throughout a 4-H members record book.

• Attain a broad knowledge of 4-H projects and activities and the way they improve family and community life.

• Acquire life skills essential for becoming an active, skilled, productive and responsible citizen.

• Adopt and apply the latest practices and research findings to everyday living.

• Use all 4-H training and experiences in choosing and preparing for a job.

• Develop leadership skills that promote positive youth development.

Grider said the group did very well and with so many of the youths moving into the senior category next year it shows great potential for the program. “I am very proud of all the kids.”

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