On June 4th, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development held 31st Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan, Kan., to celebrate accomplished 4-H club members. The select 4-H club members across the state were recognized for winning either a project KAP (Kansas Award Portfolio) or a scholarship.
The theme for the 2014 Emerald Circle was Igniting Imagination and was hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Janet Borrows. The purpose of this theme was to encourage each of the 4-H members to be a leader, find solutions to problems and make more leaders by teaching others.
Before the KAP winners won at the state level, they first had to win at their respective county. The award portfolio is awarded for work done in the project, leadership in the project, and community service in that project. There were 32 project winners which included beef, clothing, fiber arts, citizenship, photography, foods and nutrition, health, communications, energy management, plant science, etc. Then the KAPs were judged at the area/regional level, then went on to state. For state, each club member had to prepare a video interview about their project to be judged with their records. Only one KAP in each project was chosen as the winner of the state level.
Each winner was invited to the Emerald Circle Banquet to be recognized for their hard work and receive a medallion award. The winners of the KAPs win a scholarship to go to the 2014 4-H National Congress held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Five 4-H club members represented Johnson County, Kansas, at this banquet. These Johnson County winners are; Zach Nason for Communications, Jessica Gunkel for Fiber Arts, Anna Hester for Health and Wellness, Evan Eschliman for Plant Science, Carley Eschliman for Reading. Nason, Gunkel and Hester are from Great Plains 4-H Club in Shawnee/Lenexa; Evan and Carley Eschliman are from Country Hearts 4-H Club in Olathe.