Monday, July 28, 2014

72nd Annual Georgia 4-H Congress

The 72nd Annual Georgia 4-H Congress has come to a close.   From scholarships to project competition, youth and adults enjoyed a week filled with excitement.  Congratulations to our new Georgia 4-H State Winners along with our Green Jacket Honoree, Representative Terry England; Friend of 4-H, Dr. Bo Ryles; Ryles Rising Star Winner, Kelle Ashley; and our William H Booth Agent Award winner Shirley Williamson.

Scholarship Winner Photos

Leadership Banquet Photos

Night At Six Flags Photos

Georgia Power Breakfast Photos

Project and Special Event Winners with Donors

Donor Reception Annual Banquet Photos

Leadership Banquet Video (youtube)  or podcast

Annual Banquet Video (youtube) or podcast

Thanks to Blane Marable of Blane Marable Photography and Sharon Dowdy, Josh Paine and Mark Zeigler, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, for serving as our photographers and Athens Video for filming.

For more information about the Georgia 4-H Program, check out

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

71st Annual Georgia 4-H Congress

Georgia 4-H Congress is the premiere competitive and recognition event for high school age Georgia 4-H’ers.  Coordinated by the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Georgia 4-H program, Congress is financially supported by donors and contributors to the Georgia 4-H Foundation. Held each year in Atlanta, the program includes recognition of scholarship recipients, evaluation event winners both team and individual, installation of the Georgia 4-H Board of Directors, and competition in project areas as well as leadership in action.  The 71st Georgia 4-H Congress was July 23-26, 2013 and  head quartered at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road in North Atlanta

 4-H Project Achievement State Competition is the cornerstone of the week. Over 245 youth from 95 counties in Georgia delivered 10 to 12 minute presentations in forty-eight project areas and met with judges to discuss their portfolio of project work, leadership and service.  Projects range from Environmental Sciences to Performing Arts Vocal from Wildlife and Marine Sciences to Family Resource Management. Competition takes place all day Wednesday for presentation competition and Tuesday evening for Performing Arts competition.  Announcement of winners takes place in an energetic program at Six Flags over Georgia in the Crystal Pistol on Wednesday evening as the park closes.

Leadership in Action Competition is an interview and application process.  Eight youth from each area in Georgia are competing for state honors. Young people in Leadership in Action have identified a community need and worked to meet the need in their community. This year’s competitors have been involved projects such as poverty initiative to improve the quality of life in their community, a fundraising program to replace reduced funds for the public library, creating holiday gifts for service members overseas.  Competition took place on Tuesday with announcement of winners during the Leadership Banquet.  

Opening Program on Tuesday  not only kicked off Congress but also honored 35 youth who  received scholarships for their continued education. Scholarship recipients are selected in a competitive application process and will enter colleges and universities in the fall as freshman, sophomore or upper classman. 

Leadership Banquet recognized Extension leadership in youth and adults.  The program includes recognition of the Leadership in Action winners, 4-H Camp & Center Leadership and the WA Sutton Scholarship.   This year's Friend of 4-H Award was presented to Dr. Gail Hanula and State 4-H President Tifara Brown received the WA Sutton Scholarship.

Annual Banquet kicked off Thursday  with the parade of winners.  Forty-eight project winners and more than 100 special events (evaluation and other competitive events) winners entered the banquet room filled with more than 600 youth, donors and administrators for the annual banquet.  During the meal, Special Events winners who have placed first in state competitions are recognized for their work. Special events are 4-H competitive events that include evaluation or judging programs, horse and livestock shows, shooting sports competition, quiz bowl contests and other programs.  Events range from Forestry Field Day competition to Consumer Judging.  State Project winners announced the evening before are also recognized. In addition several special awards are presented including the Green Jacket award presented to a government or administrative official for his/her work with the 4-H program, the GAE4HA Friend of 4-H Award, the William H Booth Award for work of an experienced county 4-H agent and the Bo Ryles Rising Star Award for a new county 4-H agent. The banquet also includes the installation of the nine Georgia 4-H Board of Directors. The Georgia 4-H Board of Directors is the newly elected state 4-H officers who serve as representatives of 4-H and plan events for high school age youth statewide.   Receiving this year's 4-H Green Jacket Award is Governor Nathan Deal; Ryles Rising Star Winner is Allen Nasworthy; William H. Booth State honors go to Zona Medley and the Friend of 4-H Award was presented to John Bulloch.

Message from Governor Deal, 4-H Green Jacket Award Winner

Other Congress activities includes tours of the Atlanta area, interaction with 4-H donors and UGA administrators, a reception for high school seniors and opportunities for youth to interact and get to know 4-H’ers from all over the state.  As Congress delegates come from all corners of Georgia, the opportunity to meet and spend time in the capitol of Georgia is an experience itself for many competitors.

For additional information contact Jenny Jordan, Extension 4-H Faculty, ( or Arch Smith, State 4-H Leader/Director of 4-H, (  Georgia 4-H Office, Hoke Smith Annex-UGA, Athens, Ga 30602, 706-542-4H4H


Monday, July 30, 2012

70th Annual Georgia 4-H Congress

The 70th Annual Georgia 4-H Congress kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia and included a week of competition, recognition and fun for youth from all over Georgia.

The Opening Assembly Tuesday afternoon included recognition of 30 scholarship winners receiving more than $10,000 in funds for continuing their education.  Representing colleges and universities across Georgia, scholarship receipents plan to study fields such as agriculture, family & consumer sciences and education.

Photos of Scholarship Winners and Donors

The Honorable Kathy Palmer, chair of the Georgia 4-H Foundation, hosted the annual 4-H Leadership Banquet in honor of our 4-H leaders from the past year.  4-H Camp counselor leadership was recognized for their service in a summer of camping at five 4-H centers for more than eight weeks this summer.  The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education center celebrated another successful year also at five 4-H Centers and is preparing this fall to welcome the 1 millionth environmental education student. Eight youth were recognized for outstanding work in community leadership.  Mary Clayton Gilbert and Kevin Morris earned state honors for Leadership in Action.  Additionally, four 4-H'ers were awarded $2,500 in grant funds to continue projects this next year. 

Photos of Leadership in Action Winners

Wednesday 4-H'ers showcased their work in project competition.  From presentations to portfolios, 4-H'ers highlighted their knowledge and accomplishments in project areas are well as leadership and service.  Following competition, 4-H'ers enjoyed a night at Six Flags complements of Chevron.  

Photos of Six Flags Announcement of Winners

Video of Six Flags Announcement of Winners

Thursday morning following the Georgia Power Celebration breakfast, 4-H'ers descended on Atlanta for tours and donor visits.  Gale Cutler and Alice Mallory on behalf of Georgia EMC Corporation hosted the Annual Banquet that evening.  In addition to honoree the 48 4-H Project Winners and Special Events winners, the William H Booth Award winners were recognized; the third Ryles Rising Star award was presented; GAE4HA presented the Friend of 4-H Award and the 2012-13 State 4-H Officers were inducted.

Video of Annual 4-H Banquet

Photos of the Annual 4-H Banquet

Photos of the 4-H Winners and Donors

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

69th Georgia 4-H Congress Podcasts of Programs

It's the podcasts below from the UGA server for the recording of this year's Georgia 4-H Congress Programs.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Snapshots of Congress

From Six Flags to Presentations, Tours to Hanging Out with Friends, the albumn below includes more than 180 photos shot by Congress participants. Used in the Congress slide show, here is a still look at the week through the eyes of those who were participating.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Donor & Winner Reception Photos Have Arrived

A huge thanks to Sharon Dowdy and Stephanie Schupska for serving as our photographers during the Donor and Winners Reception. In just under an hour we were able to photograph over 100 state 4-H winners with those that have supported their project work. See the winners here:

Annual Banquet Photos are Here!

Thanks to Blane Marable for photographing candids of the Donor & Winners Reception and the Annual 4-H Banquet. Linked below you'll find photos of 4-H'ers, donors, friends, and supporters along wiht the installation of the Georgia 4-H Board of Directors, the presentation of the Citizen Airman Award, the Green Jacket Award, the Booth Award, the Ryles Rising Start Award and the recognition of more than 120 state 4-H winners.