I wrote about my 4-H projects in 2012 and 2013, so why not write about them this year as well? But this time, I won’t devote three posts to my projects – in the past, I’ve written two about photography (one each for the selected black and white and color photos) and one about all my other projects.
However, I’ve been at the county fair, surrounded by hundreds of 4-H projects, for at least ten days now. I’d love to share my results with you, but I really don’t feel the need to spend lots and lots and lots of time talking about 4-H since that’s what I do all day at my new job.
So. Here are my results!
But first, a quick note about what my scores mean. An A is equivalent to the same letter grade used in American schools – basically, everyone wants at least an A. An A Honor is like an A plus, so it’s a little more special.
All A Honor projects are eligible to become Champions (best in your division of the project – for example, my division includes all members in grades nine through twelve) or Reserve Champions (second best in division). Champions are eligible to be Grand Champions (best out of EVERYONE in the project) and Reserve Grand Champions (second best).
I hope that made sense.
Aerospace: A, Honor
Honestly, I… don’t think my model rocket should have received this grade. An A, though? Sure. I forgot to sand the fins after spray-painting them and as a result, they are as rough as sandpaper and DO NOT look good. Oh, well. I’m not going to question it. The rest of the rocket looks nice and assembling it was so much fun. I love building little things!
Holiday Ornament: A, Honor
This year, I made a Christmas tree ornament out of paper-mache. It’s roughly the size and shape of a tennis ball. I spray-painted it white and sprinkled fine blue glitter all over its surface to give the impression of a snowball. The ornament splits into two halves because it’s meant to be given as a gift – it’s big enough inside to hold a small piece of candy or maybe a pair of earrings. First it’s a package and then it’s an ornament! I’m really pleased with the idea, which I adapted from a craft book.
Personality: A, Honor, Reserve Champion
Unlike some other projects – like Aerospace, in which anything goes – Personality has strict requirements for each and every year. This year, I had to create a sample budget to show how I would manage my money for three months once I live on my own.
I’ve received higher scores in the past (Grand Champion, actually – more than once) but I’m satisfied with this year’s score because I honestly don’t care for either budgets or math.
Ahaha. Ooops. I don’t know what happened here. Actually, wait, I do. It’s called “now that Engie doesn’t take piano lessons, she’s really slacked off in practicing.” For my performance I played the piano, choosing “In Dreams” from the movie The Fellowship of the Ring. I LOVED playing it – it’s just such a beautiful song that I never tire of hearing it.
…however, the judge did say that I need to pay more attention to tempo. Apparently my playing speeds up as I go along. Oops. Oh well, there’s always next year.
Junior Leaders: No results available
So, um, I feel like I should include this project here because I spent so much time on it. But it isn’t graded. It’s a project strictly for the older 4-Hers that involves community service and learning leadership skills. I have no idea why it’s not graded, but I’m not concerned about that because I had a good time in that project (as I always do) and that’s really the only thing that matters to me about it.
Photography: It’s complicated, but overall I received good results.
You see, I can (and did!) enter multiple exhibits in this project. First up is my post of ten color photos. It received an A Honor. The poster of ten black-and-white photos received an A.
My color salon print received an A Honor, as did my black-and-white salon print. What is a salon print, you ask? It’s an 8-inch-by-10-inch photo that has been matted but not framed. Essentially, it showcases one photo and so you’re also concerned about things like whether the matte complements the photo – which colors it brings out or which moods it evokes. Et cetera.
And wow, the A B See Photo Challenge has certainly paid even before I’ve completed all the letters! Every single photo chosen for my Photography exhibits came from an A B See Photo Challenge post. Yay!
Foods & Nutrition: A, Honor, Champion
The theme for eleventh-grade entries is “international,” so I made Chinese sesame seed cookies because A) I love to eat them (almond flavoring, yum!) and B) they’re very nice-looking so I knew I’d get points for excellent presentation.
AND THEY WON! All right, so I didn’t win first place overall. But I’m still super-happy about that result!
Creative Writing: A, Honor, Reserve Champion, Reserve Grand Champion
OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY! I mean, I love writing. I want to be a published author someday. But until now, I’d never received such a high award in this project. For example, last year I got an A – and that’s good, but I was hoping for better.
This year, I chose two pieces of writing for my notebook. Both were adapted from blog posts, actually: One is my double review of Malice and Havoc by Chris Wooding and the other is an essay titled, “Fantastic Fantasy.” I am really proud of both of them, especially since they’re both “creative nonfiction.” I didn’t exhibit any fiction writing this year, and at first I wasn’t sure if that was a good choice because usually fiction entries win, but in the end it turned out well. YAY!
Well, those are all of my projects. I cut back this year to only eight projects – I’ve done as many as fourteen or fifteen in the past, I believe. I’m quite happy with all my results (except for Music, but that grade just drives me to work harder).
I’m also quite happy to say that this is my tenth and final consecutive day of working! What will I do with myself on Saturday? Having free time will be odd. I suppose I’ll sleep in… and then in the evening I have yet another 4-H event. Of course.