Fifty-six youth participated in the 2019 Georgia 4-H State Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission on Dec. 14, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.The Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition is part of the Georgia 4-H Healthy Living Program. This competitive judging contest teaches 4-H’ers to make wise consumer decisions and educates them on cotton as an agricultural commodity in Georgia. The competition offers youth the chance to build critical thinking, public speaking and life skills in consumer economics.“Consumer Judging teaches youth how to think critically and make smart consumer decisions,” said Courtney Brown, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist. “The skills learned in preparation for this competitive event are real-life skills that youth will continue to use throughout their lives when making purchases.” The state contest consists of two competition areas: judging classes and advertisements. In the judging class portion of the competition, 4-H’ers are required to judge four classes of consumer items or services, ranking items based on provided details, factors and scenarios, as well as provide oral reasoning for their selections. The advertisements and commercials portions require 4-H’ers to promote cotton and its use through a presentation.Prior to the state competition, 4-H’ers from ninth through 12th grade competed in area contests. The first and second place senior teams at each area contest continued on to compete at the State Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition.The First Place Senior Team winners and High Overall Individual will receive Georgia Master 4-H’er status, be honored at Georgia State 4-H Congress in July in Atlanta, Georgia, and represent Georgia in the Consumer Decision Making contest at Western National Roundup in January 2021 in Denver, Colorado. The second place team will also travel to Denver to represent Georgia 4-H in the Western National Roundup Family and Consumer Science Skill-A-Thon or Family and Consumer Science Bowl.The winners of this year’s Georgia 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Competition are:High Overall Individual: Jhaycee Barnes — Spalding County1st Place Team: Jhaycee Barnes, Shelby Lane, Heather Dorn and Kaylee Collins — Spalding County2nd Place Team: Liam Jay, Timothy Lord, Janareon Cook and Shaniya Smith — Ben Hill County3rd Place Team: Lucy Weigert, Lydia Belflower and Veronica Lee — Bleckley CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 238,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or call your UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
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RelatedPosts UFC: Israel Adesanya plans 42-year-old man fight Israel Adesanya wins interim middleweight title Kiwi Israel Adesanya has claimed a slice of New Zealand combat sports history, prevailing over Kelvin Gastelum in a captivating co-main event clash at UFC 236 in Atlanta on Sunday.In a back and forth contest for the ages, a battered and bruised Adesanya came through in the decisive fifth round to earn the nod on all three judges’ scorecards and have the interim middleweight belt wrapped around his waist by UFC president Dana White.The victory makes Adesanya New Zealand’s first-ever UFC champion, although he’ll still need to beat the recovering Robert Whittaker later this year to become the division’s outright king.Visibly emotional as he spoke to UFC commentator Joe Rogan immediately post-fight, Adesanya dedicated the win to his coach and long-time mentor Eugene Bareman. He laid the belt on the mat and the two embraced as they kneeled on the canvas. The 29-year-old moves his undefeated record to 17-0 – including a staggering six consecutive UFC wins in just 14 months – and further legitimises his mantle as one of the sport’s brightest stars.Relatively untested in his UFC tenure to this point, Adesanya was forced to reach deep against Gastelum, displaying an exceptional level of fortitude in overcoming some early adversity to produce a stellar performance in the pivotal final round.The hard-nosed Mexican fighter was aggressive from the outset as he looked to counter his significant height and reach disadvantage with a gameplan built on pressure and an effective jab. The approach paid dividends for Gastelum. He caught Adesanya with a glancing right hand early that staggered the Kiwi and won him the opening round.Adesanya then found his rhythm on the feet and the momentum swung back his way. He landed consistently with counter shots as Gastelum chased the killer blow, using his head movement to evade danger – at times, by mere millimetres.That trend continued into the third, when the variation and unpredictability of Adesanya’s striking looked to be taking its toll on Gastelum.But Gastelum recaptured control in the fourth round behind courtesy of his trademark left hook, catching Adesanya clean and sending him stumbling to the fence, where he chose to shoot for a takedown rather than chase a fight-ending blow.The enthralled State Farm Arena crowd rose as the final round began, well aware what was on the line, and Adesanya and Gastelum did the moment justice.Ultimately the Kiwi came out on top – twice sending Gastelum to the canvas courtesy of a pair of searing right-hands, then threatening with a triangle choke that almost found its mark. Referee Marc Goddard hovered, but Adesanya couldn’t quite force the referee to step in and bring the fight to a halt.Regardless, as the final hooter sounded there was little doubt which fighter would have his hand raised in an early contender for the UFC’s Fight of the Year.White later awarded both Adesanya and Gastelum a $50,000 ($NZ73,940) performance bonus for “Fight of the Night”.Tags: Kelvin Gastelum