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Georgia 4-Hers win top honors at state convention

After a year of hard work and dedication, close to 150 Georgia 4-H youths were named state winners at the Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26 in Atlanta.

Georgia 4-H members earn an invitation to compete at State Congress through hard work and dedication. At the beginning of the year, students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement (DPA), and participate in service and leadership events in their communities throughout the year.

The regional first place winners compete at State Congress in a variety of categories including history, horses, performing arts, and public speaking. Each student gives a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and is interviewed about their portfolio, which details their research, leadership and service projects.

Arch Smith, state leader for the Georgia 4-H program, calls State 4-H Congress “the annual capstone event” of the 4-H year.

“‘Learn by Doing’ is a slogan of 4-H, and Georgia 4-H members who have been involved in the Project Achievement process competed for the honor of being named state winner,” Smith said. "We recognized nearly 150 state winners at the annual banquet in 4-H educational programs from agriculture to performing arts to food preparation and healthy living. We are proud of these young people who have reached the highest level of attainment of over 238,000 4-H participants during the program year that ended in July.”

This year’s winners, listed by home county with their 4-H project, are:

Bacon - Mason McClintock, General Recreation; Berrien - LeAnn Beville, Fashion Revue; Bibb - Larry Howard, Food for Fitness; Bleckley - Caleb Moseley, Food Safety and Preservation; Bulloch - William Gatch, Outdoor Recreation; Burke - Hannah Eckerman, Photography; Chattooga - Mary Anna Bentley, Dairy & Milk Science and Lily Thibodeaux, Human Development; Coffee - Savannah Cothern, Dairy Foods; and Evie Woodward, Performing Arts – Vocal; Columbia - Emma Wurst, Safety; Crisp - Kayla Stephens, Workforce Prep and Career Development; Dougherty - Tandria Burke, Companion & Specialty Animals; Douglas - Rhiannon Perrien, Entomology; Effingham - Owen Mercer, Plant & Soil Science; and Payton Mercer, History; Elbert - Emma Williams, Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts; Emanuel - Savannah Reynolds, Food for Health & Sport; Fulton - Adin Burwell, Environmental Science; Gordon - Olivia Forrest, International; Grady - Asher Childs, Pork Production; Lily Norton, Sheep & Meat Goats; and Lizzy Thompson, Festive Foods for Health; Hall - Gracie McBride, Sports; Haralson - Jozie Mize, Food Fare; Hart - Rachel Tellano, Arts & Crafts, and Ben Tellano, Communications; Henry - Ashlyn Donaldson, Forest Resources/Wood Science; Houston - Allen Brooks, Performing Arts – General, and Evelyn Day, Veterinary Science; Jackson - Andie Ellett, Performing Arts – Drama; Jasper - Keri Roach, Family Resource Management; Lowndes - Daniel Peterson, Poultry and Egg Science; Madison - Donovan Nelson, Public Speaking, and Clayton Adams, Robotics; Mitchell - Abi Pace, Performing Arts – Dance; Monroe - Austin Wiggins, Beef; Morgan - Susan Bishop, Health, and Leah Wall, Performing Arts – Piano; Newton - Lavendar Harris, Wildlife & Marine Science; Oconee - David Han, Physical, Biological & Earth Sciences, Amelia Sale, Housing, Equipment & Environment; and Kalani Washington, Performing Arts – Other Instrumental; Paulding - Nicholas McKinley, Engineering & Mechanics; Spalding - Jhaycee Barnes, Computer Information Technology; Thomas - Michaela Falconer, Dog Care & Training; Tift - Lydia Connell, Horse; Toombs – Hannah Page, Flowers, Shrubs and Lawns; Treutlen - Trevor Byrd, Target Sports; Webster - Savannah Matthews, Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors.

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