4-H offers many opportunities for youth to develop skills in addition to learning about many different topics. So, if someone loves insects, they can choose insects as a project and explore all sorts of things about insects. Then, they can share with others what they have learned through the project record program. 4-H'ers record what has been accomplished with the project for the year. They are encouraged to set goals, record what they have done, plus do community service, teach others, and do something in the area of citizenship.
Through the project record process, youth make a portfolio-like document recording what they have learned. They turn these in at the end of the year. These records are inspiring to look at. Participants receive acknowledgment and pride for a job well done. District competition winners earn recognition money.
Two Watauga County youth recently won at the district level. Emily Cornett received a silver award for her project record and Leslie Cornett won a gold. Both explored the category of communications and expressive arts.