Floyd County had 14 first place winners, 13 of them in the fourth and fifth grade division, just one in sixth grade. Thomas Patterson, Gabe Blackburn, Aidan Fuller, Kileigh Barcomb, Bob Bushnell, Ashtin Keefe, Layla Shealy, Tesa Roberson, Sarah Babb, Sara Grace Abernathy, Brandt Dodd, Chloe Powell and Silas Bryson were winners in the younger group.
Christina Tomlin was the only sixth grade winner locally.
Youngsters presented project work in fields from Ag Awareness and Archaeology to Wildlife and Workforce Preparation. New categories in the competition in this cycle of competition include Historic Places & Events as well as Robotics.
"I was trying to think of a topic that not many people would choose and I thought robotics might work," said Lee Donahue, a fourth grader at the Montessori School of Rome. Taking part in 4-H programming was a natural for Donahue, who's parents Arthur Lee Donahue IV and mother Mary Donahue, also grew up in the 4-H program. Mary came up in the Mitchell County 4-H program, however her husband was a Floyd County 4-H'er.
Joshua Girgis, a fifth grader at the Montessori School of Rome, presented his work in Wilderness Survival.
"I was really into the outdoors and I wanted to know how if you were stranded and didn't really have that much, how you could survive on your own," Girgis said. He confessed to being a little nervous giving his presentation. "I feel like this has helped me care for the environment a whole lot more," the fifth grader said.
Abbie Salmon said approximately 60 of the youth in the Floyd County 4-H program took part in the event.
Ashlyn William, a home-schooled fourth grader, actually played the piano for her project. Williams said she had been studying piano for about four years, and was not too nervous during her performance.
Eli Shields from Walker County did a project on monkeys, telling the judges that some monkeys were big parts of Chinese and Indian mythology. Hayden Scheeler from Catoosa County learned a lot about sun conure parrots and told the audience, "They can mimic humans, but don't talk as well as other birds."
Most of the projects or performances were done in classrooms in front of dozens of other competitors.