JIS News

St. Elizabeth emerged the top parish in this year’s 4-H National Achievement Day, walking away with the coveted Senator Norman Washington Grant Shield.
With a score of 1,423.6 points, the parish won over second place Portland, which had 1,373.1 points, while St. Mary was a close third with 1,350.5 points.The achievement day, which was held on April 28 at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in Clarendon under the theme: ‘Creating wealth through youth development,’ saw some 400 clubbites from across the island competing for top honours in 19 competition events.
These included cake baking, meal preparation, sandwich making, skirt making, agro-processing, table setting, budding and grafting, composting and potting, rabbit care and management, application and management of farm machinery, poultry care and management, cattle judging, environmental challenge, trash to cash, school garden, public speaking, parish project work display and boy and girl of the year.
The parish’s victory was secured with first places by Nickiesha Richards, Jody Ann Watson, and Andia Allwood in the categories of sandwich making, table setting, composting and potting, respectively, while Amaine Morgan placed second in cattle care and management, and Charnelle Smith also took second place in the trash to cash category. Carlington Smith tied with Garric Scott of St. Catherine for second place in the public speaking competition.
The parish also racked up two third places in poultry care and management and the environmental challenge junior category.
Carol Richards, 4-H Parish Development Officer for St. Elizabeth, told JIS News that the clubbities worked hard for the victory and were very pleased. “It was a team effort and we ensured that all our competitors were ready. We are definitely going back for first place next year,” she said.
Ms. Richards thanked all those who were a part of the preparatory process including the teachers and students of Sydney Pagon Agricultural High School, St. Elizabeth Technical High School, Black River High School, Lacovia High, Leeds All-age, Nain Primary and Junior High, Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High, and Pepper All-age.
Girl of the Year is 19 year-old Petragaye Morris, President of the Lauriston and Thompson Pen 4-H Community Clubs in St. Catherine, who told JIS News that she was happy to have won.
“I’m not surprised but I’m happy. I knew that my high self esteem and my knowledge of the 4-H Clubs would have gained me the ‘Girl of the Year’ title. I really enjoy the training that 4-H has to offer. All the various training programmes allow you to be independent in one way or another. You learn to sew, bake cakes, you can become a wedding planner, and you gain leadership skills,” she said.
Petragaye has dreams of becoming Prime Minister of Jamaica and said that the training and experience she has received in the 4-H Club would help to propel her to that goal.