Come Alive Outside Challenge 2013 Video Documentaries

John Deere

Sponsor of CAO Challenge

The Alabama FFA chapters, 4-H groups, educators, students and Auburn mentors have done a tremendous job of taking what they have learned about Come Alive Outside and sharing it with their communities. Each one of the groups participating in the Challenge created a video documenting their project. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit this page and watch the videos and vote for your favorite one. The votes helped to qualify the groups to be judged by a panelist of John Deere, JP Horizons and PLANET leaders.

We are proud to announce that the winner of the 2013 Come Alive Outside Challenge sponsored by John Deere is Elmore County 4-H and FFA!


Seven groups of Alabama 4-H and FFA students, along with their advisers and an Auburn University student mentor each worked in their communities to help others COME ALIVE OUTSIDE this spring and summer. The projects were all fun and exciting as hundreds of lives in Alabama were positively impacted by this group of outstanding young people.  The leaders at John Deere, JP Horizons and PLANET were all inspired by each group’s efforts and what they accomplished! We hope these great young people and their communities in Alabama will continue to find ways to Come Alive Outside!

The Judging Process: Each group was required to receive at least 100 votes for their video documentary on the Come Alive Outside website to qualify for the judging process. A panel of 7 leaders from John Deere, PLANET and JP Horizons each then evaluated and scored the groups on the following criteria to determine a winner:

  • How well the Come Alive Outside message was shared with the community
  • How well they engaged children and adults in their project
  • Creativity and energy evident in the Come Alive Outside video documentary
  • The essay submitted by the Auburn Mentor on best things learned through the Come Alive Outside Challenge experience
  • How well the group understands the Come Alive Outside vision that “Everybody Wins when somebody goes outside”

Everyone did an outstanding job, and we are very proud of your efforts to bring Come Alive Outside to your communities!

Covington County 4-H:

Crossville High School FFA:

Elmore County FFA and 4-H:

Enterprise High School:

Gulf Shores High School:

Wadley FFA:

Zion Chapel FFA:

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

melinda September 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

I love it Crossville…… from Crossville,Al…………….


Prudence September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

Way to go, Covington County!


SHANNON ANDRESS September 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Go ELMORE CO 4-H — Thanks to Volunteer Betty Stricker for spearheading the COME ALIVE OUTSIDE event at Ft. Toulouse!!!


Sandra September 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

Awesome, Covington County!


Suzanne September 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

Way to go Covington County 4-H!


Amanda September 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Way to Go Covington County 4-H! What a wonderful program!


Jenny September 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Go Enterprise FFA! Wonderful program and great facilities! Love the Enterprise FFA! #FFAmom


Jimmie September 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Great video, proud of Crossville . Come alive outside, we have a beautiful county to explore.


Charles Waters September 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Great job Enterprise High School.


Sherri Jones September 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I second that, Mr. Waters!


Cathy September 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

Good job Crossville.


Amy September 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

Fabulous job Elmore Co. Betty you rock


Nicole Senn September 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

Awesome Job Zion Chapel FFA!!


Peggy Penn September 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Way to go Betty S. and Elmore County 4-H. Great things happen outside. Great event.


Donnie hussey September 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Way to go Zion Chapel FFA! The hard work you do really shows throughout the school & community. You play a major part in making ZC #1!


Faye Allen September 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

Great job ZC. You do a great job and we are all proud of each one of you!!!!


Johnny Allen September 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

Rebels all the way!!


Anthony May September 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Great job Zion Chapel FFA! Your presence and enthusiasm on our campus has engaged every student K-12 to every staff member and even our community. You have truly brought ZC ALIVE!


Jeff & Taffy Kelley September 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Good Job


courtney butler September 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

go gulf shores!!!!


Donna Lefort September 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Go Enterprise High School!!!!


Tonita Bentley September 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Great job Zion Chapel! Looks like fun!


Kennedy Sanders September 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Proud to be a ZC FFA alumni! Awesome job! Your hard work really shows!


Kim Barr September 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Great job ZC. Loved my Rebel days.


Shelby McCollough September 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Proud to be a Zion Chapel FFA Alumni! Great work!


Deborah Kelso September 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Great job Elmore 4H and master gardeners


Deede Ketcham September 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Great job Zion Chapel!!! FFA has done an awesome job and thanks to Mr. HENDRICKS for all his hard work. So glad my daughter Alex is a part if this wonderful organization!!


Brooke Manning September 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

Way to go Zion Chapel FFA! This program made me realize how exciting it is to be outside and to be productive and have fun at the same time!


Scott Hendricks September 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Zion Chapel would like to thank our partners in the Come Alive Outside competition: Rusty’s Feed & Seed, Hussey Brother Movers, Windham Lumber Company, and Terra Cotta. With their help, we were able to make our community garden, the bridge project, and landscaping of the school a reality.


Jim Paluch September 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm


Thank you for the tremendous leadership in helping create awareness in your team and many others of the opportunities to COME ALIVE OUTSIDE. . . FFA inspires all of us to believe in the FUTURE LEADERS of this country. Thank you for all you do in creating these leaders.


Madison Millette September 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Being in FFA at Zion Chapel really teaches you that when you actually do it your self you learn more! and that being outside is so much more fun and enjoyable than siting inside all day!!!


Dawn Andress September 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Great job!


June Clark September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

The cafeteria staff at Zion Chapel loved being a part of the Come Alive Outside program. We were able to participate in the community garden by planting a row of onions ! There is no doubt in my mind that the students would have never touched these vegetables on our cafeteria line if they had not grown them and had “ownership” in the garden. It was neat how the FFA displayed pictures above the serving line of the students planting and harvesting the vegetables.


Jim Paluch September 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

What a TREMENDOUS JOB! A great big THANKS to all of the FFA CHAPTERS that participated in the COME ALIVE OUTSIDE CHALLENGE. Your enthusiasm and leadership is inspiring.



Allyson Senn September 20, 2013 at 3:22 am

I am very proud of the Zion Chapel FFA and their efforts to help promote the Come Alive Outside challenge! I’m grateful that I had I chance to be a part of the beginning works of this project and I would like to thank Mr. Hendricks for allowing me to head it up before I graduated! It is an honor to be an alumni to such a wonderful FFA chapter! Zion Chapel truly is #1!


Cathy September 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

Zion Chapel celebrates the coming together of community and school. Keep up the great work FFA. You guys are the future!


Tammy Marler September 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Zion Chapel is great..


Wesley Clark September 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Great Job Zion Chapel!


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