Ralls County 4-H members participated in Achievement Night on March 13.

Ralls County 4-H members participated in Achievement Night on March 13. Events held during the evening included personal development, table setting, public speaking, demonstrations, collections and photography.

Some of the life skills the members practice when participating in the different events are: communication, stress management, social skills, decision-making, planning/organizing, self-responsibility and self motivation.

In personal development, participants are judged on how appropriately they are dressed for the occasion they have chosen.

Other elements of judging are how well an individual presents him or herself and their knowledge of self-care.

The older division, 14 years of age and older youth, were judged on a simulated job interview. The Clover Kids participating were Kolton Powell, Marley Cowan, Ericka Gilbert, Caybree Harris, Maxxwell Schuckenbrock, Cooper Sharp and Jayden Hurt. Participating in the eight to 10 years of age category were Dalton Dameron, Danny Powell, Makayla McCurdy, Caleb Chipman, Hunter Cummings, Ty Evans, Chloe Hodges, Mylee Keller, Slade Keller, Bradyn Powell, Callie Reynolds and Khloe Wallace.

In the 11 -13 years of age category, participants were Devyn Keller, Krayleigh Power, Thomas Barnes, Carmen Wilburn, Samantha Barnes, Rachel Hodges, Austin Selsor, Grace Smith, Clara Wallace and Grace Nation. Anna Gill was in the 14 years of age and older category.

Table setting is open to all 4-H members to participate. It involves choosing an occasion and then creating the appropriate atmosphere with a place setting. The 4-H member must choose proper dishes, decorations, and a menu to fit the occasion.

Kolton Powell, Marley Cowen, Ericka Gilbert, Maxxwell Schuckenbrock and Cooper Sharp participated in the Clover Kid category.

Participating in the eight to 10 years of age division were Makayla McCurdy, Marin Mallory, Easton Sharp, Danny Powell, Chloe Hodges, Bradyn Powell, Callie Reynolds and Khloe Wallace. Krayleigh Power, Samantha Barnes, Rachel Hodges, Krayleigh Power, Grace Nation, and Clara Wallace were in the 11 – 13 years of age division. Anna Gill was in the 14 years of age and older category.

Presenting demonstrations were: Kolton Powell and Caybree Harris in the Clover Kid division; Thomas Barnes, Agri-Missouri; Mylee Keller, Agri-Missouri; Samantha Barnes, Cooking with Honey; Devyn Keller, Cooking with Honey; Slade Keller, Egg; Anna Gill, Working; Krayleigh Power, Working; Danny Powell, General; Clara Wallace, General; Devyn Keller, General; Dalton Dameron, General; Chloe Hodges, General; Rachel Hodges, General; Bradyn Powell, General; Callie Reynolds, General; Grace Smith, General; Khloe Wallace, General, Makayla McCurdy, General and Carmen Wilburn, General.

Chloe Hodges, Rachel Hodges, Devyn Keller, Callie Reynolds, Clara Wallace, Khloe Wallace, Carmen Wilburn, Makayla McCurdy, Thomas Barnes, Samantha Barnes, Anna Gill, Mylee Keller, Slade Keller and Krayleigh Power were chosen to go to the state fair.

Collections was a new contest this year. Members had to creatively display their collection and answer questions about it from the judge.

Participating were Kolton Powell, Maxxwell Schuckenbrock and Cooper Sharp in the Clover Kid division. Participating in the eight to 10 year old division were Caleb Chipman, Reese Comer, Hunter Cummings, Slade Keller, Marin Mallory, Makayla McCurdy, Bradyn Powell, Danny Powell, Easton Sharp and Mylee Keller. Thomas Barnes, Devyn Keller and Austin Selsor participated in the 11-13 year old division.

In the photography contest the members did not have to be enrolled in the project. Their picture had to be taken after August 1 and entered in one of three categories.

The categories were: animal, landscape, and people. The entries were judged on focus, exposure, lighting, print quality, subject, composition, and uniqueness. Kolton Powell, Clayton Birkhead, Cooper Sharp and Jayden Hurt entered photography as Clover Kids. In the eight to 10 years of age category in photography were Makayla McCurdy, Danny Powell, Easton Sharp, Brooklyn Birkhead, Reese Comer, Chloe Hodges, Mylee Keller, Slade Keller and Bradyn Powell.

Participants in the 11 – 13 years of age category were Carmen Wilburn, Samantha Barnes, Thomas Barnes, Rachel Hodges, Krayleigh Power, Austin Selsor, Clara Wallace, Grace Nation and Devyn Keller. Anna Gill competed in the 14 years of age and older division.