Special to The Sun
What does it take to be the best in 4-H? You could ask Oklahoma County 4-H’ers David Atkins and Addie Jackson. They each won first place in the State of Oklahoma for their project work at the 92nd State 4-H Roundup in Stillwater on July 25.
Former Edmond student David Atkins won first in the project area of Science and Technology. David, a member of Edmond Light Horse 4-H Club and a recent high school graduate, started by building a coop for his chickens. He then wanted a light source for it but there was no electricity where the coop house would be so he built a small wind turbine and a solar panel to accomplish his goal.
David also uses his technology skills to repair iPhones to raise money for college. He has had many clinics for his 4-H club and starred in an ATV safety video, which won the ATV Safety Institute’s National Grand Prize.
Addie Jackson is a member of the Harrah 4-H club. Addie earned best in the state for her entomology project. A judge interviewing Addie said, “Your knowledge and passion of entomology is astounding.” Addie started collecting insects when she was 4. She takes a Ziploc bag everywhere she goes, just in case she finds a new specimen. Addie creates caterpillar habitats and observes the process of complete metamorphosis. It is thrilling to her to release a butterfly that she has watched emerge from chrysalises.
In 2009, Addie started collecting insects and entering displays at the county and state fair. In 2012 she created an insect judging team and they won first place at the state fair contest.
For Addie being a 4-H member is much more than entomology project work. She is on the Oklahoma County 4-H Teen Leadership Team and participates in many community service projects.
For more information about the Oklahoma County 4-H program, contact the OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 713-1125.