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First-place winners from Oconee County 4-H receive their awards at the state Poultry Judging contest in Oglethorpe County. From left, Blakely Steward, Lexi Pritchard, Associate 4-H Leader Sue Chapman, State 4-H Leader Arch Smith, Connor Watson and Thomas Stewart show off their newly won certificates. CAES News
4-H Poultry Judging
Oconee County 4-H captured first place at the Georgia 4-H State Poultry Judging contest held May 6 at the Oglethorpe County Livestock Facility. Team members Blakely Steward, Lexi Pritchard, Connor Watson and Thomas Stewart earned 3,979 of an overall 4,200 points and became the newest Master 4-H’ers in Georgia.
Catoosa County 4-H’er Jenna Dekich selected to represent National Tech Changemakers. CAES News
National Tech Changemakers
Catoosa County 4-H’er Jenna Dekich has been selected to serve as a National 4-H Tech Changemakers spokesperson on behalf of Georgia 4-H. Dekich, a senior at Ringgold High School, is one of nine youth leaders chosen from across the country to further the mission of the Tech Changemakers program.
Shown, from left, are parents Chad and Tabby Albritton, UGA Student Employee of the Year Christian Albritton, and nominator UGA Extension 4-H Specialist Kasey Bozeman. (Photo by Justin Evans) CAES News
UGA Student Employee of the Year
The University of Georgia’s annual Student Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon brought together 100 of UGA’s top student employees as determined by supervisor nomination. Christian Albritton, a third-year avian biology and biological science double major from Butler, Georgia, was selected as the 2022 Student Employee of the Year thanks to his work with Georgia 4-H.
A Georgia 4-H SAFE volunteer helps an Emanuel County 4-H’er with his scores during an indoor archery match in Perry, Georgia. CAES News
National Volunteer Week
Georgia 4-H is recognizing the vital role adult volunteers play in delivery of the 4-H programming to thousands of youths who benefit from the educational, recreational and community service opportunities the organization provides during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
Georgia 4-H partners with military families across the country to provide no-cost access to resources and camps that will enrich the lives of military dependents. CAES News
4-H Military Camps
Dependents of military service members are invited to apply to attend five different weeklong camping experiences at no cost, coordinated by the University of Georgia’s 4-H program. These camps, summits and retreats are open to dependents of military members (currently serving in active, guard and reserve components) ages 8 to 18.
The Walker County 4-H Robotics Team, also known as the “DawgBytes,” earned a spot at the World Robotics Championships with their VEX IQ robot named “Cook.” Team members include (back row from left) Grant Matteson, Sam Brown, Liam Logan, (front row from left) Chyanne Martin, Mike Hardinger, Brendan Matteson, and Gregory Hobbs. CAES News
Robotics World Championship
Seven Georgia 4-H'ers earned a shot at the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship after competing at the Georgia VEX IQ Challenge Robotics competition. The Walker County 4-H Robotics Team earned the final Georgia spot at the world championship event this May in Dallas, Texas.
Catoosa County officials, 4-H Extension staff, 4-H student leaders and Charter Communications representatives celebrate a $15,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant in support of the 4-H Tech Changemakers program. CAES News
Spectrum Tech Grant
Catoosa County 4-H received a $15,000 Digital Education Grant from Spectrum that will support the work of the Georgia 4-H Tech Changemakers program. This grant is part of a multimillion-dollar commitment by Spectrum to provide digital education to communities nationwide.
Janey Miller, center, was one of nine 4-H’ers recently elected to the 4-H Southwest District senior board of directors. CAES News
4-H Impact
What do a sixth-grader with a prize-winning cow, a home-schooled forestry enthusiast, a singer who aspires to a medical career and a teenager who enjoys dance and choreography have in common? They’re all members of the largest youth-leadership organization in the country: 4-H.
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4-H LifeSmarts
Floyd County outsmarted the competition and brought home first place at the Varsity level of the Georgia LifeSmarts Championship on Feb. 21.
Georgia 4-H’ers gather on the Oglethorpe Staircase in the Georgia Capitol Building with legislators and organizational leaders to celebrate Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol on February 9. CAES News
4-H Capitol Day
On Feb. 9, the Georgia Capitol turned shades of green as it welcomed more than 400 students. Outstanding 4-H’ers from counties across the state gathered at 4-H Day at the Capitol to engage with their legislators, observe leadership in action and learn about the civic process.