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Grand Isle Club Shines at National 4-H Film Festival

The Champlain Shamrocks 4-H Club of Grand Isle finished second in the Voices of 4-H History category at the 2013 FilmFest 4-H for a film they made on the history of Vermont 4-H. Club members involved in the project include: Front Row (left to right): Caroline Coleman, Milton; Charlotte Coleman, Milton; Audrey Chairvolotti, Grand Isle and Jackson Chairvolotti, Grand Isle. Back Row (left to right): Marguerite Althoff, South hero; Madeline Chairvolotti, Grand Isle and Elsa Althoff, South Hero. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Burlington--Members of a Grand Isle 4-H Club have earned bragging rights for a film they produced about Vermont 4-H for national competition.

"Voices of Vermont 4-H Past," created by the Champlain Shamrocks 4-H Club, earned second place in the Voices of 4-H History category at the 2013 FilmFest 4-H, a national 4-H film festival hosted annually by the University of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Film Commission. A total of 38 films created by 4-H'ers from 11 states were selected to be screened at the event, held in Branson, Mo., Aug. 4-7.

Club members involved in the making of the film were Elsa and Marguerite Althoff, both from South Hero; Audrey, Jackson and Madeline Chairvolotti, all from Grand Isle and Caroline and Charlotte Coleman, both from Milton.  Sheila Chairvolotti, Grand Isle, is the club's adult leader.

The 4-H'ers, ages eight to 14, made the film as part of the Voices of 4-H History project, designed to help youths preserve local and statewide 4-H stories through video or audio recordings of 4-H alumni, past and current 4-H staff and others with a connection to 4-H.

The eight-minute film featured conversations with former Vermont 4-H'ers about their years in 4-H including their clubs, favorite activities, life skills learned and best 4-H memories. The young filmmakers also incorporated many vintage photos spanning several decades of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H clubs, projects and 4-H'ers.

To view the film, visit the "screening room" on the 2013 FilmFest 4-H web site at Other winners in this category, along with the top entries in 4-H promotional, animation, narrative and documentary and the film voted audience favorite, also may be viewed.

For information about Vermont 4-H, contact the UVM Extension 4-H office at (802) 656-5433 or toll-free at (800) 571-0668.