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Local 4-H members win at state
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Three local 4-H members won big at this year’s State 4-H Roundup.

EmiLee Lassiter, Emeline Bell, and Carl Parris have worked hard on different projects over the years and highlighted their work in project portfolios. At the State 4-H Roundup, the students were selected as state project winners based on their portfolios and project interviews.

Lassiter was recognized as a Level 1 state winner in the Food Science Project. The Food Science Project aims to teach 4-H members about food safety and the science behind making and processing food. Lassiter focused on the canning, jamming, and jellying process.

“My food science consists of all sorts of things like jams and jellies, canning, pickling, and making cakes. It is not just making shaped like a period and symbolizes a 4-H’ers quest to explore new horizons as they develop life skills. She won in the 9-10 grade division.

proud of myself. My hard work paid off.”

Bell was recognized as the Level 1 state winner in the Personal Development Project in the 9-10 grade division. The Personal Development Project works to bring out the best in the 4-H’er as they learn about themselves and what they can do.

Bell’s project was centered on her involvement in the planning, coordinating, hosting, and participating as a food vendor the 2021 Fall Freedom Festival. She also received a specially crafted Horizon Award and a $500 college scholarship.

Parris was recognized as a state winner in Agricultural Leadership. He was selected based off his work in his main project area, the Goat Project.

“The goat project is a 4-H project area centered around raising goats. You can go as big or as small as you want and I currently own 14 Boer goats and show six of them across the state,” said Parris. “I wanted to get involved in agriculture because I heard stories about the farm from my grandmother and got to help bottle feed my cousin’s baby goat.”

During his interview, the judges focused on how his involvement in the Goat Project developed his leadership skills and how he plans to use those skills in the future. He received a silver bowl, a $500 college scholarship and a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta

in recognition of his achievement.

“I felt mostly surprised because I wasn’t expecting to win the award because I knew I had a lot of competition,” said Parris.

Parris was also recognized with the Vol State Award at the 4-H State Roundup along with 4-H’er Jake Mayes. Warren County Extension said the 4-H members who competed at the State Roundup represented the county well.