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By: Darrell Everidge

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Newton 4-H has the best deal on Six Flags and White Water passes, and tickets are on sale to the public.

Gold combo season passes include both Six Flags and White Water and include parking. Even with multi-ticket purchases on the best online discount, you can’t beat $67.50 each.

Six Flags day passes are only $44.50 and White Water day passes are $39.

Purchases made through 4-H are final prices and have no taxes or fees added. If you compare prices online, be sure to go all the way to the pay screen so you can figure in the taxes and fees.

The office is located in the Newton County Administration Building on the second floor, in suite 202. We are open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call ahead at 770-784-2010 for large purchases.

Cash or money orders are preferred, but credit and debit are also accepted.

Ticket sales support Newton County 4-H activities.

Another way to support 4-H is with a donation to the silent auction on April 26 at our banquet.

We can use small and large items, and you will receive a tax letter.

Popular items include gift cards, toys, baskets of children’s items, baskets of home sales items, services like cake decorating, food, and even furniture.

As we prepare for the 59th annual 4-H banquet, I’m reminded of just how many ways your donations assist us to serve the community’s youth.

One of the biggest expenses each year is for project achievement competitions.

Over the last year, 637 local 4-H youth researched, wrote and presented demonstrations.

Fifty-one Cloverleaf 4-H’ers in the 4th through 6th grades competed on a district level, and 13 7th through 12th graders competed at District Project Achievement.

One4-H’er, graduating senior Mallori Johnson of Eastside High, was recognized for competing all 7 years of her 4-H career.
When I asked Johnson about her goals in 4-H a few months ago, she told me her goal had always been to win at the state level. But like so many other 4-H’ers, even though she had phenomenal project work, community service, and leadership hours, she didn’t make it to the state competition.

Yet she told me that looking back, she now knows success is something else.

In her scholarship essay, Johnson wrote:

Now, I look back and see that you just have to go for it. You have to have confidence, and you need support and encouragement from those around you. I’ve listened to constructive criticism and prepared the best project I’ve ever had, even if I don’t win first this year either. But at the end of the day, I know I’m a winner. I’ve made the best better, and that’s all that matters.

Every demonstration I see impresses me at what a youth can accomplish.

But watching a 4-H’er like Johnson as she nears the end of her 4-H career almost always moves me to tears.
Johnson has shown what a youth can really gain from the entire process.

She always put in many hours recording her work and preparing demonstrations, but her final two years really stand out.

Her portfolio was packed with communications work, Key Club service hours, and teaching through 4-H.

She found the perfect 4-H category in communications, and prepared her best-ever demonstration on historical analysis of films.

Adult volunteers and even employees from other 4-H counties let her borrow props like antique suitcases and a park bench as she discussed learning history from films like Forrest Gump.

I’m sad she didn’t earn a ribbon for her outstanding effort, but there’s no color of ribbon that can really represent what I know she’s gained.

Her presentation skills, research capability and teaching experience will help her in every class next year at Georgia Southern, and one day in the future when she begins her teaching career.

And a time in life filled with change and uncertainty, I hope she’ll always look back at 4-H and remember that support.

To support 4-H’ers like Johnson along this path, give us a call at 770-784-2010 to learn more or make a donation.

Terri Fullerton is a County Extension Agent in 4-H Youth with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.