Tracey Tashjian

Agent for 4-H & Youth Development



June 12-15

Future City:

Graves County 4-H Club students Micah Hall (GCMS), Ryan Hayden (Fancy Farm Elementary), Zacharie Lamb (GCMS), Connor Wilson (GCMS), Jamie LeMay (GCMS), Shelby Phillips (GCMS) and Isabella Byassee (GCHS) along with their coach Tracey Tashjian, Graves County Extension Agent for 4-H, returned from the 2016-2017 Future City competition in LaGrange, KY on Monday, January 16 with a first place award in the Regional Contest. The team placed first against forty-eight other teams.

...In addition to the honor of representing Kentucky in the National Contest, February 18-21, the presenters, Micah Hall, Ryan Hayden, Zacharie Lamb, alumni, Isabella Byassee, and coach, Tracey Tashjian, received an all-expense paid trip to D.C. The 4-H team returned with “People’s Choice Award”, Best Speaker (Zacharie Lamb), Outstanding Alumni (Isabella Byassee).

This year’s theme “The Power of Public Space, Envisioning Urban Public Spaces of Tomorrow” challenged teams to incorporate engineering ideas that would revitalize their city’s economy, reduce crime, promote safety, improve the environment and enhance civic engagement. The group began working in June to present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.

Future City is a nationally sponsored competition for 6th, 7th and 8th graders that puts its student competitors in real world situations and asks them to be the problem solvers as they brainstorm ideas and design solutions. For information about how you can become involved in Future City and other 4-H activities, please contact Tracey Tashjian at 270.247.2334.

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