North Carolina 4-Her’s: Mapping a Way to a Better World

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4-H programs across North Carolina have implemented GIS programs—supported by grants from Esri—that have enhanced members’ understanding of science and technology and enriched their communities.

The GIS software grants have empowered 4-H youth to take an active role in researching and investigating their communities. 4-H youth are learning about their community, the latest and “coolest” technology, and careers as a result of their GIS service projects.

Youth today love projects. They dive into challenges of their own design, following their own route, building capacity, solving puzzles, constructing answers … learning to learn.

Congratulations goes to 18 North Carolina 4-H members for their state and national placings at the 2018 ArcGIS national competition. 4-Her’s from Cabarrus and Wake counties placed at this year’s national event.

ArcGIS Online Competition: With skill, passion, and analysis, high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating maps with ArcGIS. ESRI challenges US students to create and share projects about something in their home states. ESRI’s 2018 ArcGIS US School Competition was open to high school (“HS,” gr.9-12) and middle school (“MS,” gr.4-8) students in the US who analyzed, interpreted, and presented data via an ArcGIS web app or story map.

North Carolina:  State / National  ArcGIS Online Competition (ESRI) Winners (2018)

Middle School Team Winners: Cabarrus County 4-H  / J.N. Fries Middle School

  • The DARE Program and its Effectiveness in Cabarrus County – Tasha Paul, Ellis Sheridan, Treson Savelle
  • Fire Stations & Response Times in Cabarrus County – Kate Grundman, Summer DeSouza & Aditya Manavala
  • Police Stations vs. Crimes in Cabarrus County – Rishyendra M, Shad S. Christopher T.
  • Pharmacy Locations vs. Drug Overdoses in Cabarrus County – Katelyn Rynk, AJ Schlemmer, Ashna Shah
  • Growth & Development in Cabarrus County – Campbell Depken, Alacia McClary, Jonathon Rogers

 Individual Winners: Wake County 4-H

  • Michael Harper – Comparison of Opiod Mortality Rates in NC (Rolesville High School)
  • Isaac Gichuru – NC Opioid Overdose 2014-2016 Rates
  • Andrew Ray – Oral Health in NC

NC State and National Placing Teams / Individuals:

Middle School Team Winners: Cabarrus County 4-H  / J.N. Fries Middle School

  • The DARE Program and its Effectiveness in Cabarrus County – Tasha Paul, Ellis Sheridan, Treson Savelle
  • Fire Stations & Response Times in Cabarrus County – Kate Grundman, Summer DeSouza & Aditya Manavala
  • Police Stations vs. Crimes in Cabarrus County – Rishyendra M, Shad S. Christopher T.
  • Pharmacy Locations vs. Drug Overdoses in Cabarrus County – Katelyn Rynk, AJ Schlemmer, Ashna Shah
  • Growth & Development in Cabarrus County – Campbell Depken, Alacia McClary, Jonathon Rogers

 Individual Winners: Wake County 4-H

  • Michael Harper – Comparison of Opioid Mortality Rates in NC (Rolesville High School)
  • Isaac Gichuru – NC Opioid Overdose 2014-2016 Rates
  • Andrew Ray – Oral Health in NC

When you can connect young people to an activity that is relevant in nearly any career path—transportation, government, business, science, agriculture, conservation, environment, education, emergency planning, forestry, firefighting, community planning, health care—and the application is fun, you can’t lose!

Check Out some of the AMAZING Projects: