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2020 Dean’s Award Winners
Georgia 4-H, the state’s largest youth leadership development organization, provides opportunities for students to gain mastery of skills and knowledge and to demonstrate generosity through civic engagement. The 4-H Dean’s Awards provide Georgia 4-H’ers the chance to showcase their talent, hard work, and commitment to their community. The Dean’s Awards are very competitive and one of the highest honors Georgia 4-H members can earn.
A Dean’s Award is presented every year in each of the following five main project areas: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (including STEM); Civic Engagement and Citizenship; Family and Consumer Sciences; William “Bill” Edwards Award for Communications and the Arts; and James Harris Award for Leadership. First place winners receive Master 4-H’er status, a $500 scholarship, and recognition at the Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol.
Competitors submit a cumulative portfolio, much like a resume, highlighting their accomplishments from throughout their 4-H career. The portfolios are judged by project area experts, and high-scoring submissions are invited to participate in a separately-judged interview session. This year, the finalist interview sessions were conducted in a virtual setting due to pandemic restrictions, giving youth the chance to gain interview skills and experience with online conferencing.
Congratulations to all who submitted portfolios, to the finalists who interviewed virtually and to our five newest 2020 Dean’s Awards Recipients!
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (and STEM)
1st Place – Lydia Connell, Tift County
2nd Place – Kennedy Deveaux, Cobb County
3rd Place – Neely McCommons, Oconee County
William “Bill” Edwards 4-H Dean’s Award for Communications and the Arts
1st Place – Allen Brooks, Houston County
2nd Place – Parker Varnadoe, Madison County
3rd Place – Arham Shah, Emanuel County
Civic Engagement & Citizenship
1st Place – Juliette McKinley, Paulding County
2nd Place – Ben Tellano, Hart County
3rd Place – Drew Cribbs, Morgan County
Family and Consumer Sciences
1st Place – Shazia Alam, Sumter County
2nd Place – Madison Brown, Elbert County
3rd Place – Lizzy Thompson, Grady County
James Harris 4-H Dean’s Award for Leadership
1st Place – Aromal Saji, Gwinnett County
2nd Place – Gracie Grimes, Candler County
3rd Place – Logan Bush, Laurens County
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (working cooperatively with Fort Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the counties of Georgia) offers its educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action organization.