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  1. Membership: The school grade in which the member is enrolled on January 1 of the current calendar year shall determine the division in which the member is eligible to compete with the exception of judging team competition. For determining eligibility for competition:
    1. A junior member should be enrolled in the 4th or 5th grade on January 1 of the current calendar year.
    2. A junior high 4-H member should be enrolled in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade on January 1 of the current calendar year.
    3. A senior 4-H member should be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade on January 1 of the current calendar year. A Level I senior member shall be enrolled in the 9th or 10th grade and a Level II senior member shall be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade on January 1 of the current year. (See rule C-1 for age requirements of members competing for National 4-H Congress trips.)
    4. Any 4-H Expanded Nutrition member (EFNEP) who meets the above qualifications is eligible to compete in all 4-H awards program.
    5. 4-H members who are students in an ungraded school or special education class shall determine the division in which they are eligible to compete by the number of years they have attended school (i.e., a member who is in the fourth year of school work on January 1 shall be considered an explorer, etc.)
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  1. COUNTY JUDGING:
    1. Junior High:
      1. County Extension agents will arrange for judging of county portfolios.
      2. County Extension agents will certify the member’s eligibility for regional competition.
      3. A county may submit the number of books determined by the regional office.
    2. Senior:
      1. County Extension agents will arrange for judging of county portfolios.
      2. County Extension agents will certify the member’s eligibility for state competition.
      3. A county may enter three Level I and three Level II portfolios in state competition in each project awards program. These records are to be submitted to the state 4-H office.
  2. REGIONAL JUDGING:
    1. Junior High:
      1. Regional supervisors/program leaders will arrange for the judging of regional junior high portfolios.
      2. It is the responsibility of the regional supervisor/program leader to check the portfolios submitted from each county for ELIGIBILITY of each 4-H member.
    2. Senior: Senior project achievement portfolios are not judged on the regional level. All senior portfolios are sent from the county to the state 4-H office.
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  1. Citizenship:
    Donor: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (State Finalists and Trip to National 4-H Congress); Ieula Lee Endowment Fund (Silver Bowls); and Albert Gore, Sr. Memorial Endowment Fund (Scholarship)
    1. SUGGESTED PROJECT RECORDS: Records should document the information presented in the project profile (Section A). Include record forms which may have been developed to track project efforts; Tennessee 4-H Project Record Worksheet (F540); reports of studies, experiments, etc.; news articles written by the member which relate to the project; and other relevant items.
    2. AWARDS:
      1. County:
        1. Junior High: Counties may submit 7th grade and 8th grade records for regional judging (the number of records to be determined by the region).
        2. Senior: Counties may submit three Level I and three Level II portfolios for state competition. Twelve finalists (six Level I and six Level II) will receive scholarships to State 4-H Congress. Sweaters will be provided to those who have not attended 4-H Congress previously.
      2. State:
        1. Senior (Level II)
          State winner: Trip to National 4-H Congress, engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee and a $1,000 educational scholarship
        2. Senior (Level I)
          State winner: Tennessee 4-H Foundation Horizon Award, an opportunity for a college scholarship and an engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee
  2. Congress Essay Contest:
    Donor: Jenny Yeary (backpack and cinch bags) and Former University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Workers Association (cash award)
    1. RULES:
      1. Each delegate to Tennessee 4-H Congress will prepare an essay of no more than 500 words on the Congress theme.
      2. Each region will submit one essay for state competition. The state winner will be chosen from the three regional winners.
      3. Each essay will be judged on the following scale:
        1. Subject matter contest – 50 points
        2. Grammatical composition – 30 points
        3. Originality-creativity – 15 points
        4. Neatness – 5 points
    2. AWARDS:
      1. Regional winners: 4-H cinch bag and a $25 cash award.
      2. State winner: Backpack
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