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Georgia 4-H Hosts 2017 4-H State Council at Rock Eagle
Submitted by: Michael Rabalais

Georgia 4-H youth and adults from across the state attended State Council on the weekend of June 27, 2017 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Over 800 4-H’ers elected nine individuals to represent them on the Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors for the next year, interviewed for Dean Awards, attended workshops, and competed in the annual Iron Clover Competition.

                Mason McClintock, Angel Austin, Bronson Champion, Ericka Lord, Evie Woodward, Zachary Holick, Donovan Nelson, Lindsey Kate Steedley, and Cody Whitlock were elected to the 2017-2018 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors after campaigns that included skits outlining their qualifications for office, answering extemporaneous questions, and direct canvassing among their peers. The new board will be installed into office at the Leadership Banquet at State 4-H Congress in late July, and their term will begin on August 1, 2017.

                Georgia 4-H'ers were given the opportunity to showcase their talent, hard work and commitment to their communities through the Dean Awards competition held at 4-H State Council. Dean Awards were awarded for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Communications and the Arts, Citizenship, Family and Consumer Sciences and Leadership.

                Workshops focused on STEM subjects and citizenship were attended by 615 youth during State Council weekend. Through collaboration with Operation Veteran Smiles, over 490 cards were created to be distributed alongside Smile Kits for veterans around the country. Fundraising by the State Board of Directors and District 4-H Officers raised an additional $653.96 for funding of Smile Kits.

Sunday morning featured a citizenship ceremony, in which 126 4-H’ers pledged to vote, become civically-engaged Americans, and make differences in their communities. The ceremony was held on the final day of State Council, and was led by Georgia State Assembly representative Tom McCall, recipient of the 2016 Georgia 4-H Green Jacket Award. Representative McCall currently serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, and serves on the Natural Resources and Environment; Transportation; and Game, Fish and Parks Committees.

                Southeast district placed first in the annual Iron Clover Competition held on Saturday morning, in events ranging from softball, to musical chairs to a watermelon eating contest.

Additional highlights included Teen Leader certification, in which 42 youth earned certification as 4-H Teen Leaders. Teen Leaders learned skills related to leadership, conflict management, and how to engage with younger 4-H’ers. 4-H’ers also participated in a Share Fair, where they presented topics related to Agriculture and STEM, Citizenship and Healthy Living.


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.