Bartow County 4-H Forestry Team

Published on 07/30/21

Bartow County 4-H Forestry Team earns top honors in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

By William C. Worrell for CAES News

Georgia placed first among nine states that competed in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational from July 26 through July 28. Teams from Tennessee and Louisiana placed second and third, respectively. Florida, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia also competed in this year’s Invitational.

4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, and a forestry knowledge exam.

The Bartow County 4-H Forestry Team, coached by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and county coordinator Paul Pugliese, included members Sasha Morgan, Bethany Craven, Gabriel Craven, and Gus Federico.

Gabriel Craven from Georgia and Luke Arrowood from North Carolina tied for the highest individual score award. The second-place individual was Bethany Craven from Georgia and the third-place high individual was Josh Griffith from Tennessee.

“This was an incredible honor for our Bartow Country 4-H’ers to represent Georgia at the national contest. I’m proud to have coached these young people over the last several years and to have seen them mature in their forestry knowledge and skills,” said Pugliese. “Two of our team members are high school graduates this year, which makes this a capstone achievement for their 4-H careers.”

The Georgia 4-H forestry program teaches youth to identify 80 tree species and the common pests and diseases that impact those trees. 4-H’ers also develop valuable forestry sciences skills that are foundational for many STEM career pathways. Pugliese added that in light of recent wildfires in the Western U.S., forestry knowledge and skills are invaluable for future generations.

To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s environmental education in natural resources, visit

The 2021 National 4-H Forestry Invitational was sponsored by Farm Credit. Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Farm Credit has been helping areas grow and thrive for a century by providing farmers with capital and by financing infrastructure and communication services.

For more information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational, visit

First Flock

Georgia’s First Flock gets new home designed by 4-H, FFA students

Six teams of Georgia 4-H and FFA members from around the state submitted plans

ATHENS, Ga. — Thanks to a prize-winning chicken coop design by 4-H and FFA students from Warren County, Georgia’s newly established First Flock now has a stately home on the 18-acre grounds of Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta.

Born of a conversation between Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and Bo Ryles, senior director at National 4-H, the Georgia FFA and 4-H Ag Awareness Poultry Project challenged teams of Georgia 4-H and FFA members to submit plans that would help Kemp’s dream of a First Flock become a reality.

Working under a set of guidelines provided to teams by the project partners — including Georgia 4-H, FFA, the Georgia Poultry Federation and the University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science — student teams submitted proposals that included a site plan, concept and, in the case of the winning team, landscaping for the project.

Six teams of Georgia 4-H and FFA members from around the state submitted plans, and all of the teams were invited to visit the Governor’s Mansion on July 9 for the dedication of the project.

“We’ve gotten more than 15 dozen eggs and they’ve only been here for about a month, so they’re very happy,” said Kemp at a ceremony honoring the top teams. “Every night that I’m here, I’ll go out and collect eggs. We all enjoy taking care of the First Flock. They have a special place here and 4-H and FFA are such special organizations. We will continue to support agriculture, 4-H and FFA as long as we are here and beyond.”

Warren County was announced as the winning team before the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but shutdowns delayed the completion of the project until this spring.

Thomas Wilkerson, a 4-H’er and member of the Warren County team, said the team of seven studied the site for the coop and came up with a plan that included the hen house, coop and landscaping for the project that incorporated seating for visitors.

“We wanted to create a coop that would fit the needs of the project and raise awareness of agriculture since poultry is such a large part of the agriculture industry in the state,” Wilkerson said.

Other team members included Randy Olive, Faith McNair, Caleb Griffith, Ayden Hill, Nathan Coffman and Tayvion Robertson, guided by UGA Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Assistant Amanda Wilkerson and FFA Advisor Peggy Armstrong.

“We studied the site where the coop would be placed and came up with all the measurements,” said Olive of the coop, which includes nesting boxes and roosting spaces, as well as a fenced enclosure with plenty of space for the chickens to scratch, watering and feeding stations and a dust bath area. Robertson, an artist, designed and painted a stained-glass window salvaged from an old church that will be installed on the site.

The top four teams each received a cash award from the Georgia Poultry Federation, including the second-place team from Lowndes County, the third-place team from Bulloch County and a team from Toombs County, which received honorable mention.

The Georgia Building Authority worked with 4-H and FFA to develop the site for the coop, while Carroll Daniel Construction of Gainesville took the winning design and created working construction plans to meet all building code requirements. Morton Vardeman and Carlson designed the First Flock logo and Signs by Tomorrow of Gainesville created the First Flock sign that will be installed at the coop.

Once plans were complete, preconstruction work on the coop was done by staff at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center before the coop was delivered to the Governor’s Mansion for installation, said State 4-H Leader Arch Smith.

“We are grateful that Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp was willing to involve youth interested in agriculture in the development of the First Flock,” Smith said. “This experience provided an opportunity of 4-H and FFA members to work together on a project that would showcase the knowledge they have gained by participating in their local programs.”

The First Flock includes breeds chosen for hardiness and egg color and includes a total of 12 laying hens including two Black Australorps, two Buff Orpingtons, two Barred Plymouth Rocks, two  Rhode Island Reds — all of which lay brown eggs — and four Easter Eggers, which lay blue-green eggs, said Professor and UGA Cooperative Extension poultry specialist Casey Ritz, who consulted on the project along with Todd Applegate, head of the Department of Poultry Science at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“We have prepared a set of placard cards that describe the breeds and that will be added to the coop. We tried to purchase a flock of hens that produce a variety of egg colors at the First Lady’s request and breeds that were also recommended from the 4-H/FFA project proposals,” Ritz said.

Applegate encouraged the students to consider the breadth of careers available in poultry science when planning for their futures.

“I challenge the young folks here — and I know it is really difficult to think about why you want to go into a particular career path — to think about how we grow our food and how you can have an impact on that. Think about what you’ve done already through these wonderful organizations and the programs you have been a part of and realize that you are blessed with being in the state of Georgia,” Applegate said.

“There is a wealth of opportunities to make an impact and to choose a career path in poultry, from accounting, sales and marketing to food safety to quality control. The leadership and team-building skills that you are developing right now are certainly skills we need in this industry.”

Ryles said the students involved have become a part of Georgia agricultural history through their work on the project and their involvement in 4-H.

“Through the years, generations of students will come here and see what you have established here, and they will learn a little bit about the history of the First Flock and they will understand the role you played in making that happen,” Ryles said. “I have said this before, and I can’t take credit for it, but it is said that if you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. But if you want to touch the future, touch the life of a child and that is what 4-H and FFA and all of our leaders and volunteers do through projects like this.”

For more information on youth agricultural and environmental programming visit Georgia FFA at and Georgia 4-H at

–Maria M. Lameiras, University of Georgia

2021 Georgia 4-H Dean’s Awards Results Announced

The Georgia 4-H Dean’s Awards competition provided 26 Georgia 4-H youth the opportunity to showcase their talent, hard work and commitment to their communities. The Dean’s Award is one of the highest honors Georgia 4-H members can earn. Competitors submit a cumulative portfolio that reflects their entire 4-H career, and high-scoring submissions are invited to participate in a separately judged interview session.

A Dean’s Award is presented each year in the following six project areas:

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Civic Engagement

Family and Consumer Sciences

The William “Bill” Edwards 4-H Dean’s Award for Communications and the Arts


The James Harris 4-H Dean’s Award for Leadership

The top three finishers in each area receive a medal for their achievement. First-place winners receive Master 4-H’er status, a $500 scholarship and recognition at 4-H Day at the Capitol.

The 2021 Georgia 4-H Dean’s Awards recipients are:

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Bryson Smith, Gordon County (first); Sara Pawlik, Forsyth County (second); and Mary Anna Bentley, Chattooga County (third)

Civic Engagement: Ben Tellano, Hart County (first); Grace McBride, Emanuel County (second); and Evelyn Day, Houston County (third)

Family and Consumer Sciences: Malachi Young, Gwinnett County (first); Tianna Ramey, Habersham County (second); and Angel Jarvis, Candler County (third)

Communication and the Arts: Corbin Austin, Decatur County (first); Kalani Washington, Oconee County (second); and Parker Varnadoe, Madison County (third)

STEM: Nicholas McKinley, Paulding County (first); Salih El-Gayyar, Fayette County (second); and CJ Harris, Newton County (third)

Leadership: Gracie Grimes, Candler County (first); Adam Walters, Hart County (second); and Jhaycee Barnes, Spalding County (third)

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 190,000 people annually through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office.

By: UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Posted: July 8, 2021



State 4-H champion teams in Sporter Air Rifle, 22 Rifle, Compound Archery, Recurve Archery and Shotgun represented Georgia 4-H at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Grand Island, NE on June 21-25.  Nineteen 4-H’ers and their coaches joined 570 youth competitors from 32 states in the national contest.

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships was the first national 4-H event held following closures due to COVID-19. “Everyone was thrilled to gather after missing the opportunity last year due to COVID-19 cancellations. Repeatedly, youth, parents and coaches kept saying what a joy it was to be back together with their peers from across the nation. They expressed deep appreciation to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee for making the decision to hold the contest,” commented State 4-H SAFE Coordinator Craven Hudson.

The Morgan County 4-H Recurve Archery Team became national champions by placing first in all three disciplines: FITA, 3-D and Field. Tim Smith was the high individual overall, and his brother, Thomas, placed fifth individually.  Complete results for all Georgia 4-H teams and individuals may be found at .

Other teams placing in the top ten include Lowndes County Compound Archery (3rd), Pierce County Air Rifle (5th) and Coweta County 22 Rifle (9th).

The Georgia 4-H delegation included the following teams and coaches:

Coweta County 22 Rifle Team with Head Coach Chris Brinton and team members Aaron Boyd, Andrew Boyd, Carson Smith and  Jennifer Brinton.

Pierce County Sporter Air Rifle Team with Head Coach David Turner and team members Emily Turner, Gracen Hall, Luke Wester and  Skylar Morrison.

Lowndes County Compound Archery Team with Head Coach Jim Barker and team members Joel Ford, Kamron Ford, Camden Humphrey and Irelynn Bono.

Morgan County Recurve Archery Team with Head Coach Danny Pincus and team members Tim Smith, Daniel Lott, Dawson Martin and Thomas Smith.

Columbia County Shotgun Team with Head Coach Tripp Ellis and team members Aidan Caldwell, Joshua Ellis and Nate Williford.

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 190,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit

Georgia 4-H honors Davies with Lifetime Achievement Award

More than 1.2 million participants have enjoyed the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program — using the outdoors as a classroom without walls to engage K-12 students in experiences that highlight the science, natural resources and natural history of local ecosystems — since its inception in 1979. This innovative and award-winning program began with a $300 budget, a six-month timeframe and the determination of Diane Davies, retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist and senior public service associate.

For her vision, leadership and sustained support of Georgia 4-H, Davies will receive the prestigious Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Georgia 4-H Gala on Aug. 14.

“The award was established to recognize individuals who have dedicated time, energy and resources to Georgia 4-H and is considered the highest honor Georgia 4-H can bestow,” said Melanie Biersmith, associate state 4-H leader. “When one considers the contributions of Diane Davies — her many years of outstanding service, the foundation she created, the legacy she developed and the impact her work has had on Georgia 4-H — it’s easy to understand why she is the next recipient. Not only is her work a series of considerable achievements, her work for Georgia 4-H actually represents achievements of a lifetime.”

In 1979, Tom Rodgers, state 4-H leader at the time, hired Davies to launch an environmental education program to serve youth while increasing revenue at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Despite limited funds and time, Davies developed relationships with local schools and youth groups to personally deliver curriculum to more than 2,000 participants in the first year. Davies earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in parks and recreation administration from UGA in 1974 and 1977, respectively.

After years of success, Davies was able to hire additional staff and expand the program to the other Georgia 4-H Centers: Camp Jekyll (formerly Jekyll Island 4-H Center) and 4-H Tidelands Center on Jekyll Island, Burton 4-H Center (formerly Tybee Island 4-H Center) on Tybee Island, Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega and Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Georgia. By the mid-1990s, more than 40,000 youth from all over the state were participating in the program each year.

After the program was well established, Davies focused on soliciting donations and resources to develop additional educational spaces, including the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Museum of Natural History, Wildlife Ecology Building and Woodruff Aquatic buildings.

Davies remained directly involved in programming until her retirement in 2002, continuing to support the program through philanthropic contributions and service in advisory groups and committees.

“Diane Davies is absolutely deserving of this most prestigious honor,” added Biersmith. “She continues to be an advocate for the program she founded and tout its impact to all those with whom she comes in contact. Her work was a strong foundation on which we continue to grow today.”

In 2013, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program celebrated its millionth participant. The natural history museum located at Rock Eagle 4-H Center was rededicated as the Diane Davies Museum of Natural History in conjunction with the celebration.

In 2019, Georgia 4-H celebrated the program’s 40th anniversary. During that time, the program has served more than a million participants and generated more than $77 million in revenue to support the overall operation of the state’s 4-H centers.


State 4-H Leader Arch Smith states, “Diane Davies’ contributions to 4-H inspired others across America to enhance outdoor learning opportunities. Much of the continued success of the Georgia 4-H facilities is a result of Diane’s efforts to develop the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program.”

Davies will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia 4-H Gala on Aug. 14 at the Georgia Aquarium. For more information, visit


Author: Cristina deRevere,
Source: Arch Smith,; Melanie Biersmith,

2020 Pop Tabs Donation

Each year, since 2002, Georgia Junior 4-H’ers have collected Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Georgia. Participating counties compete and are honored at the Junior Conference. This year, Georgia 4-H collected a total of 4,506 pounds of pop tabs, totaling a donation of $1,286.09.  This year’s pop tab donation will benefit the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Winning counties:

Northeast District
By Pounds
1st Place Columbia County 440 Pounds
2nd Place Madison County 96 Pounds
3rd Place Oconee County 46 Pounds
Northeast District
Per Capita
1st Place Madison County
2nd Place Columbia County
3rd Place Oconee County
Northwest District
By Pounds
1st Place Paulding County 639 Pounds
2nd Place Walker County 575 Pounds
3rd Place Newton County 254 Pounds
Northwest District
Per Capita
1st Place Walker County
2nd Place Haralson County
3rd Place Crawford County
Southeast District
By Pounds
1st Place Bulloch County 308 Pounds
2nd Place Charlton County 180 Pounds
3rd Place Camden County 144 Pounds
Southeast District
Per Capita
1st Place Charlton County
2nd Place Tattnall County
3rd Place Bulloch County
Southwest District
By Pounds
1st Place Lowndes County 427 Pounds
2nd Place Crisp County 128 Pounds
3rd Place Wilcox County 87 Pounds
Southwest District
Per Capita
1st Place Wilcox County
2nd Place Crisp County
3rd Place Lowndes County

2020 Watermelon Contest Winners

The Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest offers the opportunity to exhibit knowledge and ability to cultivate and grow one or more watermelons over a regulated period of time. Growing the heaviest watermelon incorporates basic aptitude of measurement concepts. Preparation skills, research abilities, and patience in this field of agriculture and environmental science enhance the ability to excel in this competition. In addition to learning the basic fundamentals of growing and caring for watermelons, mathematical knowledge of space, depth, and irrigation will prepare participants for a successful harvest. Common problem solving, such as insect patrol, are essential elements gained throughout this experience.

Participants develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, a sense of fair play, and other desirable character traits while experiencing the responsibility of planting, caring for, cultivating, and harvesting a watermelon. They also increase their knowledge of all aspects of agricultural and environmental science and management of a watermelon as well as develop skills in farm management and an understanding of the business and career opportunities.

This year, more than 40 youth participated in the contest. We are pleased to announce the 2020 Watermelon Contest Winners are:

1st place – Preston Peck, Floyd County
108 pounds

2nd place – Tucker Tillman, Appling County
107 pounds

3rd place – Mahle Kauger, Appling County
64 pounds

Prize money is graciously sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.  We ask that 4-H’ers please send them a thank you card showing their appreciation for their support of this contest. Their addresses are:

Georgia Watermelon Association
251 S. L. White Blvd.
Lagrange, GA 30241
Georgia Fruits and Vegetable Growers Association
P.O. Box 2945
Lagrange, GA 30241

2020 Food Product Development Contest

Congratulations to our Georgia 4-H Food Product Development teams!

This year, the process began as normal and later shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating teams are to be commended for adjusting to delayed timelines, moving their practices online,  dealing with a postponed event, and then finally a change to a virtual presentation. On Wednesday, July 8th, the first-ever Virtual Georgia 4-H Food Product Development Presentations were held. Teams presented their business proposals for a new food product and discussed their proposal with expert judges.  Following the team presentations, we heard from CAES Program Coordinator Kathleen Freeman about opportunities with UGA CAES, learned about career opportunities from a food product development expert, Trey Sanders (Bulletproof Research and Development Manager), and were inspired by a message from Dr. Jose Reyes, Food Science Department.


Habersham County placed 1st with their “Owl Go Granola Bars” and receives Master 4-H status. 

  • The Habersham County Food Product Development team includes Rachel Dailey, Camden Hughes, Tabitha Ramey, and Tianna Ramey. Their coach is Renee Smagur.



Haralson County placed 2nd with their “YAP: Yogurt Active Power.”

  • The Haralson County Food Product Development team includes Ayshanna Frazier, Rachel Ibbetson, Rebekah Ibbetson, and Rylie Ibbetson. Their coaches are Jenelle Hanyon and Jozie Mize.


This year only, two superlative awards were conferred by the Judges for outstanding work:

  • Creativity and Innovation Award: Haralson County Food Product Development Team
  • Outstanding Presentation: Habersham County Food Product Development Team


Thank you to Jeffrey Burke and Michaela Fontaine for providing support for our virtual presentations, to Dr. Anand Mohan, Dr. Jose Reyes, Karen Simmons, and Jade Long from UGA Food Science Extension, Kathleen Freeman, UGA CAES Griffin, and Trey Sanders from Bulletproof.

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.

2020-2021 Georgia 4-H Ambassadors

This year, Georgia 4-H received more than 150 applications for youth ambassador programs.
The selected youth will serve for one program year.


STEM Ambassadors

led by Ms. Kasey Bozeman, Extension Specialist for 4-H Science and Environmental Education

Forty youth were selected as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 program year. These Ambassadors will share science, design, technology, innovation, engineering and mathematics within the local community.

[one_third]Clayton Adams, Madison County
Aman Boricha-Masand, Bibb County
Bryce Braswell, Lee County
Kaylyn Contreras, Pulaski County
Tate Cox, Harris County
Casi Curry, Harris County
Kareem El-Gayyar, Fayette County
Salih El-Gayyar, Fayette County
Issabelle Elliot, Houston County
Savannah Fields, Jones County
Hannah Fletcher, Worth  County
Jacobi Gilbert, Fulton County
Kennedy Gross, Columbia County
Hayden Hancock, Glynn County
Isaiah Harris, Newton County
Gracie Howell, Worth County
Ce’Darius Ingram, Hancock County
Connor Keesee, Jasper County
Lexington Kozak-Baun, Liberty County
Samantha Kuhbander, Ware County
Juliette McKinley, Paulding County[/one_third]
[one_third_last]Nicholas McKinley, Paulding County
Matalie Miles, Candler County
Nick Miller, Tattnall County
Owen Miller, Glynn County
Safeer Mithani, Gwinnett County
Skylar Morgan, Effingham County
Savannah Mosley, Jasper County
Jayla Moss, Harris County
Molly Oglesby, Ware County
Tirth Patel, Randolph County
Emily Pethel, Hall County
Taylor Rudeseal, Hall County
Garrison Stewart, Terrell County
Lauryn Wade, Harris County
Dania Wadley, Harris County
Adelyn Walls, Jasper County
Boaz Whealy, Murray County
Lauren Wixson, Ben Hill County
Madison Wood, Floyd County[/one_third_last]

Healthy Living Ambassadors

led by Dr. Courtney Brown, Extension Specialist for 4-H Healthy Living 

Fourty-five youth were selected as Healthy Living Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will share about basic nutrition, food access, cooking skills and food budgeting.

[one_third]Shazia Alam, Sumter County
Chanthony Andrews, Jr., Glynn County
Jocelyn Birko, Gilmer County
Lily Bischoff, Athens-Clarke County
Lauren Blair, Taylor County
Jasmine Blalock, Peach County
Susan Carter, Appling County
Kaylee Collins, Spalding County
Jaytan Cox, Randolph County
Daphne Crawford, Clarke County
Jenna Dekich, Catoosa County
Caiden Goldinger, Worth County
Alexis Gross, Madison County
Akierra Hall, Ben Hill  County
Aniyah Hall, Ben Hill County
Cassidy Head, Pulaski County
Devika Henry, Gwinnett County
Evangelina (Angel) Jarvis , Candler County
Liam Jay, Ben Hill County
Haleigh Ledford, Gilmer County
Brianna Lee, Bartow County
Samuel McBride, Emanuel County[/one_third]
[one_third_last]Janey Miller, Lowndes County
Megan Miller, Tattnall County
Katelyn Millsap, Paulding County
Haley Mosley, Candler County
Elizabeth Ogles, Bartow County
Lauren Davis, Ware County
Tiolu Popoola, Douglas County
Tabitha Ramey, Habersham County
Tianna Ramey, Habersham County
Lauren Richardson, Barrow County
Olivia Richardson, Fulton County
Rylie Rowland, Emanuel County
Lexi Sherrer, Muscogee County
Avondrea Singleton, Muscogee County
Madeline Skojac, Murray County
Charlie Snyder, Barrow County
(Emma) Elise Sparks, Madison County
Leah Szczepanski, Oconee County
Colin Williamson, Tift County
Julia Wood, Floyd County
Jurnee Worthen, Hancock County
Keondre Young, Bacon County
Malachi Young, Gwinnett County[/one_third_last]

Pollinator Ambassadors

led by Ms. Kasey Bozeman, Extension Specialist for 4-H Science and Environmental Education 

New this year!  Twenty-six youth were selected as Pollinator Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will share about the importance of pollination, pollinating insects, pollinating gardens and the connection of pollinating to our food supply.

[one_third]Allie Alexander, Jasper County
Jacob Bennett, Grady County
Pistol Burkes, Grady County
Owen Cassels, Grady County
Kelly Coles, Barrow County
Emma Cooper, Chattooga County
Jerahmy Davis, Gwinnett County
Alyssa Goldman, Madison County
Tyler Guest, Madison County
Lauren Hicks, Jasper County
Markeila Howard, Wilcox County
Kaylin Keen, Barrow County
Luke Krohn, Clarke County
Christopher Kuhbander, Ware County[/one_third]
[one_third_last]Jae Long, Grady County
Jodi Lopez, Grady County
Timothy Lord, Ben Hill County
Grace McBride, Emanuel County
Macy Morgan, Effingham County
Malik Monds, Grady County
Cheyne Norton, Grady County
Lily Norton, Grady County
Lacey Price, Quitman County
Charles Michael Smith, Grady County
John Sodrel, Grady County
Lizzy Thompson, Grady County[/one_third_last]

Ready 4 Life Ambassadors

led by Mr. Jason Estep, Extension Specialist for 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement

New this year! Forty-two youth were selected as Ready 4 Life Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will share the basics of professionalism, resume preparation, making positive first impressions, basic interactions with local government, manners, entrepreneurship and more.

[one_third]Callie Armour, White County
Jhaycee Barnes, Spalding County
Emily Brooke-Powell, Paulding
Makayla Coomer, Floyd County
Lucy Crawford, Athens-Clarke County
Avery Cross, Catoosa County
Kylie Dallas, Glynn County
Skylar Dato, Lee County
Sammy David, Athens-Clarke County
Amiyah Elam, Ware County
Trent Floyd, Sumter County
Kirsten Hayes, Dougherty County
Braylen Howell, Baldwin County
Isabella Jones, White County
Jaylee Kilgo, Bartow County
Aniston Hanley, Hart County
Sarah Isaac, Stephens County
Hannah Jones, Gordon County
Deontavius Kitchens, Stewart County
Alyssa Lunsford, Peach County[/one_third]
[one_third_last]Clare Pacella, Glynn County
Hannah McElrath, Gordon County
Nyla Nelson, Fayette County
Zabria  Roberts, Muscogee County
Allyson Runyon, Columbia County
AnnaLayne Scarboro, Emanuel County
Janya Scott, Terrell County
Jersey Scott, Johnson County
Emily Seckinger, Henry County
Samuel Shobert, White County
Davis Slate, Athens-Clarke County
Shaniya Smith, Ben Hill County
Benjamin Tanner, Walton County
Dawson Teatino, Barrow County
Bailey Tennison, Lee County
Samantha Tennison, Lee County
Lily Thomas, Putnam County
Hinano Tomlinson, Sumter County
Aquemini Trotter, Ben Hill County
Jesse Tyre, Bacon County
Parker Varnadoe, Madison County
Allie White, Johnson County
Kate Yaughn, Bulloch County [/one_third_last]