Veeka Malanchuk (‘20) represented Floyd County at the State 4-H Congress this summer and placed first in the international project category, earning the coveted title of Master 4-H’er.
The Georgia State 4-H Congress took place in Atlanta and brought together the district winners of more than 60 project areas to compete at the state level. Scores were determined based on a portfolio containing the 4-H’ers project work from the previous year, a demonstration about a specific topic in their project area, and an in-person interview.
According to Malanchuk, the competition was very fun, but also fiercely competitive.
“I was competing against 4-H'ers from all over Georgia,” said Malanchuk. “The experience of this competition is none like any other. I not only competed with people throughout the state but made friends with them as well.”
Darlington, being an international boarding school, had a large influence on Malanchuk’s decision to enter an international project.
“Meeting and making friends with all of the international students at Darlington has given me a different perspective on international travel and my presentation was on how to prepare and what to expect in international travel,” said Malanchuk. “Mrs. Heflin, my Spanish teacher, inspired the passion behind my project.”
Malanchuk will represent Georgia in the International category when she attends the 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, Ga., this November.