4-H’er Amelia from the Lucky Clover 4-H Club was awarded the 2017 Kansas State Visual Arts KAP. Her KAP was chosen to go to Regional Judging by the Johnson County judges, then chosen by the Regional judges to go to State level competition. At each level, she was given comments and time to rewrite. As a KAP winner, Amelia was invited to make a presentation at the Friends of 4-H Foundation event at Rock Springs in July. I asked her some questions about her experience with KAP.
How did you decide to apply for the Visual Arts KAP?
Amelia: “I had seen people in my club receive awards at the county achievement banquet for KAPs. I thought it sounded interesting so I went to a session on KAPs at the Extension office, held the same night as Officer Training and the Project Fair. 4-H has been my life over the past few years, so while it did seem difficult, it didn’t initially seem like that much more work than I typically put into 4-H. I focused my KAP on basketry.”
What did you learn about the process?
Amelia: “KAPs are not something that one can decide to do at the last minute. It takes a lot of effort not only to do enough leadership and citizenship, but also to fill out all the paperwork associated with it.”
What was the best part of winning the State KAP?
Amelia: “There were lots of good parts. I was able to do lots of interesting things for the KAP; I learned a lot of different things, but I think the best part was getting to attend the Emerald Circle Banquet.”
What would you want to do differently?
Amelia: “I wanted to incorporate more aspects of Visual Arts. I mainly focused on basketry, and while I was able to make a glass project and a leather project, I was not able to do as many different things as I wanted to.”
What would you like other 4-H’ers to know about the KAP process?
Amelia: “It’s a very difficult and complex process, but it is totally worth it in the end. I spent countless hours working on my Visual Arts KAP. Even if I hadn’t won anything, I still think it is one of the more valuable 4-H experiences I have had.”
How long did the application take for you to complete?
Amelia: “I started planning the Fall of 2015. I “scheduled” events to match the KAP requirements. I spent hours teaching others how to make baskets and hours making baskets. I spent over 40 hours creating the actual KAP application.”
Amelia: “I’m still working with visual arts and basketry, and I plan to until I graduate.”
Interview of Amelia by Maddie, Lucky Clover 4-H Club Reporter