The 4-H District Project Achievement was recently held in Union County. The Hall County 4-H Club had 42 of its members compete at this district annual speech and performance contest. Local winners were:
Chestnut Mountain Elementary: Harmoni Bright, third, Dog Care & Training; Alex English, second, General Recreation; Caroline Davis, first, Health; Rushir Parikh, first, International division; Paxton Davis, third, Outdoor Recreation.
Flowery Branch Elementary: Summer Boone, second, Companion Animals.
Friendship Elementary: Kennedy Inman, first in Clothing & Textiles; Allison Walls, second, General Science; Breann Rowand, second, Human Development.
Lanier Elementary: Lucy Watson, second, Instrumental Performing Arts.
Lula Elementary: Courtney Woodard, first, Veterinary Science.
Martin Elementary: Melinda Smith, first, Dog Care & Training.
Mt. Vernon Elementary: Margaret Miller, third, Interior Design.
Myers Elementary: Kia Sheilds, second, Clothing & Textiles; Taylor Miller, first, Food Safety & Preservation; Rebecca Taylor, third, Ocean Ecology; Maquel Gallaga, first, Communication.
Oakwood Elementary: Robbie Sheppard, first, General Science.
Spout Springs Elementary: Gabby Nelms, first, Sports.
Wauka Mountain Elementary: Maddie Forrester, second, Health; Lydia Welch, third, General Recreation.
White Sulphur Elementary: Danielle Richey, third, General Science; Elliott Andrade, second, International division; Shanika Stephens, third, Instrumental Performing Arts.
North Hall Middle: Kathryn Waldon, first, Clothing & Textiles; Bethany Green, first, History; Leah Holbrooks, first, Wildlife; Jordan Lee, second, Vocal Performing Arts.
South Hall Middle: Anna Minor, first, Fruits, Nuts & Vegetables; Joshua Butler, first, Public Speaking.
Chestatee Middle: Robert Shotwell, first, Arts.
C.W. Davis Middle: Mary Elizabeth Pirkle, first, Vocal Performing Arts.
Gainesville Middle: Erika Marquez, second, Ocean Ecology.
Navy Seaman Jeremy D. Hammock, son of Diane B. Iocco of Lawrenceville and Dale D. Hammock of Cleveland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Hammock is a 2004 graduate of Phoenix High School of Lawrenceville.
Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher D. Morris, son of Cathy R. Duke of Summerville, S. C. and Glenn Morris of Alto, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
Winners have been announced for the most recent show by the Art League, on display at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center through May 15. Dr Deloris Diaz, professor of art education and art history at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, was the juror for the show.
There are 38 paintings by 19 artists in the show. The winners are:
First place: "Boat Yard," watercolor by Jo Tarabula
Second place: "Waiting Patiently," colored pencil by Debra Yaun
Third place: "Belize Magic," pastel and colored pencil by Elaine Howard
Honorable mentions: "Roses," oil by Judy Black, "Untitled," oil by Linda Cornett, "Tree Delight," mixed media by Elaine Howard, "Haleakala Crater — Maui," watercolor by Marge Stewart, "Palette," oil by Wilma Skarda, "Adrift," oil by Cheryl Hardin.
The Northeast Georgia Writers recently presented Harriet Woodcock with a lifetime membership award. Woodcock earned her bachelors degree in journalism from Brenau University, and now in her 70s, she recently returned to the school to get a degree in music and graduated with honors. Woodcock has also written poems, plays and musicals, and they have been shown in venues around the state, including Stone Mountain. Woodcock has been a member of the Northeast Georgia Writers since it began in 1973.