Damascus Middle School Students Honored at 2017 4-H Achievement Night
Each year, the Washington County 4-H program holds an Achievement Night to honor 4-H members who have done great things within our schools and communities. Several Damascus Middle School students were honored at the 2017 4-H Achievement Night on January 20, 2018! Eighth-grader Noah S. earned a blue ribbon for his poultry records, his leadership project records, his garden records and was co-champion in the Plants and Soils category, champion in the Leadership and Development category, and overall pullet champion; eighth-grader Jesse M. won a white ribbon for his ham project book; seventh-grader Maggie M. earned a blue ribbon for her mini-garden project records; and sixth-grader Alex S. earned a blue ribbon for his garden records. 4-H Club secretaries Skylar W., Isabelle S., Lauryn M., and Noah S. won blue ribbons for their record books. 4-H Club Reporters Emily C. (county champion), Shasta W., and Cade M. received blue ribbons for their record books, and Maggie M. received a red ribbon for her record book.
One opportunity 4-H members have is to plant a mini garden, which is a 10 X 16 foot vegetable garden. Out of fourteen participants in his division, Alex S. received second place for his mini garden, and out of ten participants in their division, Noah S. won second place and Maggie M. third place for their mini gardens! 4-H members are taught from the beginning of their membership as Cloverbuds that accurate record-keeping is very important, and Maggie M.’s accurate project record-keeping earned her a designation as a “Top Achiever” in this area! In the Washington County 4-H Big Tree Contest, Alex S.’s Silver Maple was the biggest in its species category, and Angelina A.’s Scarlet Oak was the biggest in its species category. Chanzy B. received third place for her entry in the Photography Contest. Finally, Noah S. was honored with the Henry C. & Virginia Williamson Leadership Award, an award that recognizes work ethic, involvement, and leadership in not only 4-H but also in other areas of his life. For this honor, Noah received a $25 scholarship for Virginia 4-H Congress and has his name engraved on a plaque at the Extension office. Congratulations to each of these students for their amazing achievements in 4-H!