Archive for Thursday, August 6, 2009

Basehor 4-H’er favors buymanship project

August 6, 2009

Though submitting a number of different projects for the Leavenworth County Fair, 13-year-old Laina Griffith’s favorite is one that gives her a chance to pursue a pastime near and dear to her heart.

“I get to shop and have a reason to have new clothes,” the Basehor resident said of a project she will submit in the buymanship category, her favorite. For the competition, Griffith will have to purchase an entire outfit and demonstrate her skill in laundering and taking care of it.

Griffith only recently bought her outfit, a combination of light shirt, black vest and dark jean shorts, but a project she has been working on for a lot longer is one in the performing arts category. Griffith has long been involved in dance, and will make poster boards featuring photos of dances she performed last Christmas and during the 4-H Days event in February.

Other projects Griffith will submit include those relating to robotics, geospace, arts and crafts and home environment, in which she plans to re-decorate a bathroom in her house.

“We take pictures of before and after and put it in a scrapbook,” she said of how the project would be conducted.

For the robotics project, Griffith will put together a solar-powered car from a kit. She said she submitted a robotics project last year as well, after some encouragement from mom.

“My mom just asked me if I wanted to try it,” she said.

Griffith has been involved in 4-H, she says, for about three or four years, and originally got involved in a fairly straightforward manner.

“My friends were doing it, so my mom had me go to a meeting,” Griffith said.

Since that first meeting, Griffith has been honored with a reserve champion placement during last year’s county fair for a horse project she submitted. She has also found that she enjoys her 4-H involvement for its fun factor and because of the friends she’s made.

“It’s something to do,” Griffith said.

She said she’s looking forward to the upcoming fair, especially as it will give her a chance to show one of the projects she’s most proud of: a display holder she made for her brother in the arts and crafts category.

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