Message from the Board of Directors

Dear Georgia 4-H,

We are truly excited to begin another year in this organization that we love so much. Our mission as the Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors is to share with others the diverse opportunities 4-H offers to help youth develop social responsibility, empower them to live an authentic life, and grow leaders who can make the best better, regardless of circumstances.  Whether planning events, leading community service activities, serving as ambassadors for our organization, or creating a safe and welcoming environment for all, we aim to lead by example for the 177,000 Georgia 4-H youth members, thousands of adult volunteers, hundreds of 4-H professionals, and countless others who support 4-H.

The State Board of Directors is comprised of nine members: a President, Vice President, three State Representatives, and four District Representatives. We make decisions regarding state-wide issues, events, and ideas. We aspire to understand and consider the needs and desires of all 4-H’ers as we make decisions that impact the 4-H program to insure that our organization continues to thrive and benefit those it serves.

We would also like to formally welcome you to the Georgia 4-H website. This site will help you discover and learn more about the many programs that our great organization has to offer. Whether you are new to the club or a seasoned member, Georgia 4-H has something for all.  Find your passion and build upon it in 4-H!

Making the Best Better,

Arham Shah, Deontavious Kitchens, Kimberly Rios, Madison Clemente, Taylor Wells, Sarah Isaac, Hope Stewart, Ty Poole, and Douglas Hopkins

 

Meet Your Current Board of Directors

Arham Shah

Arham Shah, a high school Senior from Emanuel County, serves as the President of the State Board of Directors. Being active in 4-H since 5th grade, he has competed in District Project Achievement every year. He earned 1st place in the Performing Arts Instrumental project at State 4-H Congress, becoming a Master 4-H’er. He has performed with Clovers and Company and recently performed at the 4-H Legacy Awards in with Jennifer Nettles in Washington D.C. Outside of 4-H, Arham loves to golf and play his saxophone. He served as the Southeast District Senior Board President and strongly believes 4-H has shaped him into the young man he is today.

Deontavious Kitchens

Deontavious Kitchens, State Board of Directors Vice President, is the son of Katrina Johnson and Jagan Thomas. He attends Stewart County High School, where he is in the 11th grade. His 4-H participation includes attending events on county, district, state, and national levels. He is on his county’s Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team. He won 1st place at District Project Achievement in the General Recreation project and advanced to compete at State 4-H Congress in 2018. He is also an active teen leader in his county. Outside of 4-H, he serves as a Cadet Captain in JROTC and is the commander of his high school’s male color guard; he has also played baseball for six years. Deontavious says that 4-H is his life and that he could not imagine his life without it.

Kimberly Rios

Kimberly Rios, a State Representative from Emanuel County, is a senior at Swainsboro High School. She got her start in 4-H in the 5th grade and still lives by its motto through making her best better. Kimberly has served as a leader in 4-H in several capacities over the years. She was elected to the Southeast District Senior Board of Directors and has been a teen leader at multiple events. She competes in District Project Achievement and is passionate about community service. Kimberly’s recent 4-H Leadership in Action project, “Bracelets for Smiles,” is dedicated to making and donating hand-made bracelets to pediatric patients in Atlanta. She is very excited to be giving back to 4-H this year.

Madison Clemente

Madison Clemente, a senior from South Paulding High School in Paulding County currently serves as one of Georgia 4-H’s State Representatives. Madison started 4-H in the 5th grade and has competed in project achievement every year in the area of public speaking. She has served as a board member on both Northwest District Junior and Senior Boards of Directors and is currently the Paulding County Senior 4-H Club President. Madison says that 4-H has truly changed her life and equipped her with experiences and skills that will benefit her for a lifetime. She is so thankful for this opportunity to serve Georgia 4-H this year.

Taylor Wells

Taylor Wells is serving as a State Representative from Clinch County. She is in her junior year at Clinch County High School. Taylor Has been active in 4-H since 5th grade, beginning her journey with summer camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. She served as President of the Southwest District Senior Board in 2018. Taylor competes in District Project Achievement and enjoys participating in friendly competition with fellow 4-Hers through summer 4-H camp activities and the Iron Clover games at State 4-H Council. She is ecstatic to Make the Best Better along with her fellow board members this year.

Sarah Isaac

Sarah Isaac is the Northeast District Representative from Stephens County. Sarah is a Junior in high school and has been a 4-H’er since 5th grade. She started her 4-H career by competing in District Project Achievement and has earned 2nd place at State 4-H Congress twice. Sarah served on the Northeast District Senior Board of Directors and attends as many events and competitions as possible. She enjoys Fall 4-H Forum, State 4-H Council, and Consumer Judging. Outside of 4-H, she loves to play soccer and play in the marching band. Sarah is thankful to 4-H for giving her this opportunity to serve and help take 4-H to a new level.

Hope Stewart

Hope Stewart, a junior at Griffin High School, is a Spalding County 4-H’er and the Northwest District Representative. 4-H has held a place in her heart since the 5th grade. Project Achievement is her favorite 4-H activity, and she has most recently competed in the performing arts drama category. While serving on the 4-H Northwest District Junior and Senior Boards, she gained vital skills that she hopes to use as she pursues a career in theatre production after high school. One of her goals is to one day be a Georgia 4-H Camp Counselor. She is passionate about 4-H and believes that her support system through 4-H has been among the most valuable things she has acquired in her time in 4-H.

Ty Poole

Ty Poole, the Southeast District Representative of the State Board of Directors, is a senior from Washington County, where he is an Honors Student at Washington County High School. He joined 4-H in 2011 and has been an active member since then. Ty has competed in District Project Achievement since 7th grade and has also competed in Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging. He was able to foster his love for singing as a member of Clovers and Company and has served as a board member on the Southeast District Senior Board. Ty plans to major in Marine Biology and minor in Communications and believes 4-H has enabled him to live his life to the fullest.

Douglas Hopkins

Douglas Hopkins is the Southwest District Representative and is a senior at Thomas County Central High School this year. Douglas enjoys all 4-H events, but State 4-H Congress is his favorite. He enjoys meeting all of the beautiful 4-H’ers in Georgia, and his most valued accomplishment is being elected to serve them all on the State Board of Directors this year. Douglas enjoys preaching at youth groups and helping people in need during his time away from 4-H. He feels that this year will be one of the best yet, as he helps to lead Georgia 4-H with his fellow board members.

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