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Spalding County 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team members:
Front L-R: Sayla Boldon and Cheyenne Bailey
Back L-R: Zaria Owens, Lexie Bailey, Benjamin Rutledge, Isabel Rutledge, Abigail Noulis, Carrianna Simmons, and Hannah Rutledge

Spalding County 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Junior and Senior Teams competed at their area contest in Conyers in November. This competition is sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission, and as such, the 4-H’ers write their own commercial about cotton and give their live presentation before two judges. In the consumer judging part of the competition, 4-H’ers learn about four consumer items: an article of clothing, a food/beverage, a consumer service, and a consumer good. They compete by reading a scenario about each category, rank 4 items in that category best to worse, and present oral reasons before a judge stating why they placed the items in that ranking.

The team members are given a score on Placing and Reasons, Presentation (cotton commercial), and Over-all Individual.

The Spalding County 4-H Junior Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Team members were:

Zaria Owens: 4th place Placing and Reasons and 3rd Over-all;

Sayla Boldon; Lexi Bailey; and Cheyenne Bailey.

The Area First Place Spalding County team members and their placings were:

Abigail Noulis: 2nd place Placing and Reasons and 6th Over-all;

Benjamin Rutledge: 2nd place Presentation and 5th Over-all;

Hannah Rutledge: 3rd place (tie) Placing and Reasons, 6th Presentation, and 3rd Over-all;

Isabel Rutledge: 6th place Placing and Reasons, 1st Presentation, and 4th Over-all; and

Carrianna Simmons: 3rd place (tie) Placing and Reasons, 4th Presentation, and 2nd Over-all.

The team’s 1st place score earned them a berth in the state competition on 12 December at Rock Eagle 4-H Center where they won 3rd place in the state. The top 4 scoring team members earned the opportunity to compete on the state team.

The State 3rd Place Spalding County team members were:

Isabel Rutledge: 2nd place Placing and Reasons and 3rd Over-all;

Benjamin Rutledge: 3rd Place Presentation;

Carrianna Simmons, and Hannah Rutledge.