It is a dream that began when Shu Che joined 4-H in the fifth grade. And it’s about tocome true.She’s headed to Atlanta for State 4-H Congress.”I’m very excited,” said Che, a student at Morrow High School.Che will compete against 4-H’ers from across Georgia in the performing arts(instrumental) project. That’s usually one of the largest, most hotly contested projectareas. She will play two pieces on the flute.”This summer I’m a counselor at Jekyll Island 4-H camp,” she said. “I’vebeen so busy, but I make time to practice. The camping hours are around the clock, but Ifind time to go over sections of my pieces and what I need to work on.”Che competed several other times at District Project Achievement, the second level ofcompetition, but not in performing arts. She tried bicycle safety and general recreationfirst. Winning first place at DPA earns a 4-H’er the right to attend State Congress.”This was my first year as a senior 4-H’er to compete (in performing arts),”she said. “I was really surprised I placed at all.”More than 300 4-H’ers from across the state will vie for state winners’ ribbons in 49project areas at the Congress, Aug. 12-15 at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Atlanta.The 4-H’ers who finish on top at State Congress will head for the National 4-H Congressin Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 29 through Dec. 4.Che is hoping that with a little help from Mozart and Kennan, she will be one of them.”Since I’m a high school senior, this is my last chance to win,” she said.”I hope to win so I know I will have accomplished something great.”State winners become members of the Georgia Master 4-H Club. “Mastering is one ofthe highest honors to me,” Che said. “Then I know I have achieved the nextstep.”The achievement is not only great for the 4-H’ers, but also for the Extension Servicecounty agents who helped them get there. Che’s Clayton County agent, Laura Garrett, hasseveral 4-H’ers attending State Congress.”I’m really proud,” Garrett said. “Shu really did it herself. She gother record book together and just did it.”Each competitor must prepare a portfolio-type record of their work, in addition to ademonstration, in the project area. The portfolio and an interview based on it count halfof the competition score.After the competition, the 4-H’ers go on corporate tours to meet Atlanta businessleaders in their project areas. They also meet key state government officials.”State 4-H Congress is a chance for us to showcase the outstanding youth we’reworking with in Georgia 4-H,” said Dan Aamoth, extension 4-H specialist and Congresscoordinator.”This also gives us the opportunity to expose them to the business community andstate leaders, and to send them on their way as better prepared young adults,” hesaid.
with Mike LawsonOk, go easy on him. It’s CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle’s first Governmental Affairs Conference — as host. Sure, he’s been a speaker at the event before but not the host. He jokes that he’ll be the newest person in the room but probably one of the busiest. So to add a little bit more pressure, we invited Jim on the show to talk about the 2015 GAC and what attendees can expect from this year’s event.We discussed the show’s usual stellar keynote lineup: Tom Ridge, Arie Fleischer, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Arianna Huffington, and a myriad of Congressional representatives — and how they will complement the credit union message. We also talked about the House being out of session and how that will impact the Hill events. Turns out there’s a silver lining, according to Jim. Watch and find out.In addition, we touched on one of the industry’s recent hot buttons: RBC2 and CUNA’s stance. Lastly, Jim addressed CUNA’s recent reorganization and how it will make the association more effective for credit unions in the future. Many thanks to Jim for taking time out to chat with us. Check it out and pass it on.Visit:www.cuna.org continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Leo CapobiancoTwo Freeport village police officers were injured when Nautical Mile bar patrons threw debris at the officers as they arrested a suspect after rapper 50 Cent performed over the weekend, authorities said.The Grammy-Award winning hip hop artist performed at Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar on Woodcleft Avenue, drawing hundreds of people outside, stopping traffic and forcing police to close the street for nearly an hour until they could disperse the crowd Saturday night. Later, when police arrested a suspected drunken driver outside the bar, officers were pelted with bottles and debris believed to be thrown by patrons of Bracco’s.“The attack on our police officers will not be tolerated in the Village of Freeport,” Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy told reporters Monday during a news conference at Freeport village police headquarters.The two injured officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Other officers struck by the debris were not injured.Besides the accused drunken driver, two other suspects were also arrested, including a man who was found to be in possession of cocaine after he tried to fight security guards who kicked him out of Bracco’s, police said.None of the arrests were for injuring the officers. Authorities said they do not know the motive for the attack. Police are continuing the investigation and are reviewing security camera footage in an attempt to identify the assailants.Freeport police said they will report the incident to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA), which fined Bracco’s $2,500 in 2012, $2,500 last year and $4,500 last month for various violations, records show.Freeport officials suggested that the bar’s track record and these new complaints may result in Bracco’s having its liquor license revoked, but an SLA spokesman said that’s up to the agency’s board.“All penalties are determined the SLA’s three-member board, based on the severity of the violation(s) and the disciplinary history of the licensee,” SLA spokesman William Crowley told the Press.Regardless of what happens, Mayor Kennedy said the public can expect that “the Nautical Mile is safe and secure, and we’re looking forward to a great summer finale.”-With Timothy Bolger
Share UWF Volleyball Wins Opening Round Match in the GSC Tournament Nov. 9, 2007 Box Score SEARCY, Ark. – The West Florida Volleyball team opened up the Gulf South Conference Tournament, with a convincing 3-0 win over Ouachita Baptist, to move into the semifinals. The Argos will take on Henderson State tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 10) at Noon in the first semifinal match. West Florida disposed of the Lady Tigers by a 30-15, 30-20, 30-28 score, while Henderson State defeated West Alabama in three straight games also.In the Quarterfinal match, the Argos opened up with some strong hitting from Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Junior Luciana Rapach (Porto Alegre, Brazil). The two combined for 10 kills in the opening game. The Argos hit .471 in the first game, with 18 kills and only two errors. The first game ended with Rapach serving three consecutive aces. Madeline Gonzalez recorded 17 assists in the first game, and she would end the match with a total of 45.In game two, the Argos got out to an early 10 point lead, but Ouachita Baptist kept hanging around, thanks to a stretch of three consecutive service errors by the Argos. However, West Florida managed to hit .302 with 19 kills, including six from Junior Kimberly Clark (St. Petersburg, Fla.). The Argos also had five blocks in game two, including three that Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) was a part of, to snuff out the Lady Tigers attack.In game three, Ouachita Baptist played a very feisty defense with 23 of their 51 total digs in the third game. The Argos still hit .250, with 17 kills, but the Tigers hung around and tied the score at 24 and 26, before falling 30-28. Breanne Garrett led Ouachita Baptist with 16 kills, including eight in the third game. Rapach, who was recently named the East Division Player of the year, had six kills including two late in the game to seal the win.In the end, the Argos moved to 31-5 on the season, while Ouachita Baptist dropped to 14-23 in their final match of the season. Rapach led the Argos with 15 kills, while Clark added 12, and Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) put away 11. Outside Hitter Danielle Spitzer hit an impressive .533 with 8 kills and zero errors, for the most efficient offensive display. Wilhoite added six kills, and 10 digs. Four other Argos also had double digit digs, as Clark led the team with 15, followed by Jerica Carter with 13, and Gonzalez with 12. Rapach was the other Argonaut with 10 digs. Meanwhile, Becky Cunningham led Ouachita Baptist with 22 digs.West Florida will play their next match against the Henderson State Lady Reddies, who are now 22-9 on the season, following their 3-0 win over West Alabama. Henderson State is lead by Kenyan Edith Musebe, who recorded 33 kills in the win over West Alabama. The semifinal match is set for 12:00 Noon on Saturday with the winner moving to the conference final at 7:30 Saturday night. Print Friendly Version
It’s not the easiest time to be a USC football fan — the team physically can’t win games outside of the Coliseum and I wouldn’t trust offensive coordinator Tee Martin to call my plays in NCAA 14.But I’m not here to rant about the program’s many, many flaws (if you’re still seething from the Utah loss, check out Monday’s edition of “Grinding Gears”). Instead, I’d like to focus on the positives of USC football — like its former players who are no longer hamstrung by an inept coaching staff. Several Trojans are balling out in the big leagues right now, which begs the question: Who is the best former USC player in the NFL right now?I’ll first lay down some criteria. Only current contributions to a team count; prior accomplishments don’t. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews possesses a Hall of Fame-caliber resume, but at age 32, he’s not the fearsome pass rusher he once was. He’s no longer a contender for best NFL Trojan.And in order to weigh different positions evenly, I’ll be judging players based on their raw importance to their teams. For example, Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey doesn’t always stuff a stat sheet, but he’s a cornerstone of Tennessee’s defense more so than fellow “Trotan” Adoree Jackson, who has intercepted two passes in 2018. Any inactive or injured players are out of the race.With that said, it’s time to decide who the best Trojan in the NFL is, in order to distract ourselves from an inevitable trip to the Sun Bowl. The contending players will be categorized into three tiers:The Baby TrojansThis section belongs to rookie Trojans who’ve shown flashes of potential, but simply need more time to solidify themselves as NFL stars. This year’s No. 3 overall pick, quarterback Sam Darnold, is the most prominent of the group. Having started all seven games for the Jets, Darnold is still turnover-prone like he was in college (10 interceptions). However, he’s led the Mean Green to three wins — an impressive feat considering the team’s 5-11 finish in each of the past two years.Rounding out the group are pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu (one sack, three QB hits) and running back Ronald Jones, who punched in his first career touchdown Sunday. This trio needs time to see their talents fully realized in the NFL.The Role PlayersUnlike the Baby Trojans, this group features established veterans with major starting roles on their teams. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor and cornerback Adoree Jackson are pushing into the “Superstar” category, but need a few more years of sustained excellence to qualify. A former first-round pick, Agholor got off to a molasses-slow start, averaging 23.1 receiving yards per game in his first two seasons. But in 2017, he became a key weapon on the Super Bowl champion Eagles, racking up 768 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s just his second year as a pro, but Jackson is already ranked as the No. 16 cornerback in the NFL this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s well on his way to become an elite corner at this pace.Defensive tackle Antuan Woods and running back Javorius “Buck” Allen were each part of USC’s class of 2015, and both have carved out solid roles for themselves in the NFL. Woods has started all seven games for the Cowboys at nose-tackle, notching 20 tackles and two for loss, while Allen scored three touchdowns in the Ravens’ first three games. Still waiting on a true breakout year, Allen rushed for over 500 yards in 2015 and 2017.The SuperstarsNow, we reach the cream of the crop — the Trojans who are established stars in the NFL. Receiver Robert Woods is the wild card of the Superstar group, as he’s yet to notch a 1,000-yard season. But he broke out in 2017 with 65.1 yards per game, and continued his explosive play into this season. He currently leads the Rams with 602 receiving yards — good for No. 9 in the league.Joining him are perennial defensive stalwarts Leonard Williams and Jurrell Casey. Williams experienced a down year in 2017, notching just two sacks. He’s reemerged as a fearsome rusher in 2018, however, with three sacks in seven games. Casey is one of the longer tenured Trojans in the NFL, having joined the Titans in 2011. Since then, he’s piled up 42.5 sacks and 74 tackles for loss, en route to three career Pro Bowl appearances.Last but not least, Tyron Smith has been the NFL’s premier left tackle this decade. He’s a five-time Pro-Bowler, two-time All-Pro selection and likely future Hall of Famer. The Cowboys offense has sputtered in 2018, but hardly at any fault of Smith’s.The Ultimate TrojanHere we are. It’s finally time to name the best Trojan currently in the NFL. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is just a second-year pro, but he’s already managed to build a valuable brand for himself on and off the field. Last season, he was becoming a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger, leading all rookie receivers with 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Now, he is the favorite target of Roethlisberger. He has more receptions and receiving yards than teammate Antonio Brown, who has more receiving yards than anyone in football since 2010.Smith-Schuster is currently No. 6 in the NFL in receiving yards per game, and his total yards would rank higher if not for the Steelers’ bye week. If he’s not dazzling on the field, he’s probably starring off of it, whether in pizza commercials or YouTube escapades. Yet, he manages to back up his vivacious personality every week. Not only is Smith-Schuster more visible than any former Trojan in the NFL, he’s also the most productive of the group.On top of it all, Smith-Schuster is only 21 years old. His crown of best Trojan in the NFL may be staying put for awhile.Trevor Denton is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Wednesday.