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Georgia 4-H offers many contests throughout the year.  Below are the contests which are currently accepting entries.  Please direct questions regarding contests to


Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation T-Shirt Design Contest - Due February 24, 2018


Beekeeping Essay Contest - Due February 26, 2018

With the proud sponsorship of The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. and the Georgia Beekeepers Association, we are excited to announce this year’s 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest. The University of Georgia's Entomology Department will determine the top three essays in Georgia and send the first ranked winner on to compete on the national level, competing against states across the nation.

The national winner will be announced by the end of the first week in May. The state winner will receive $250. The second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50. The deadline for the 2017 contest is February 26, 2018. Please submit all entries electronically to Laurie Murrah-Hanson at


2018 Essay Topic: “What's So Super About the Super Organism in the Honey Bee?”
The honey bee continues to be on everyone’s mind. From beekeepers to scientists to the public, the honey bee is a great super organism. What does this mean to you, to your community and to the world? Put on your thinking caps and GO! (please do not reference Albert Einstein in your work)
The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

*Applicants are encouraged to practice scholarly writing by synthesizing information from several reputable sources. Plagiarism, or directly copying information without proper citation, is unacceptable. For help with proper citations please reference

1. Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H'ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the national level are not eligible; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter.

2. Requirements (failure to meet any one requirement disqualifies the essay) -
- Write on the designated subject only.
- All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
- A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address,email address, and telephone number must accompany the essay.
- Length – the essay proper: 750 to 1000 words.
- The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, nor the essayist's biographical sketch – which should be on a separate page.
- Preparation for National Judging: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Prepare your essays double-spaced, 12-pt. Times or similar type style, following standard manuscript format. Submit as a Microsoft Word compatible document.

3. Essays will be judged on: (A) scope of research - 40%; (B) accuracy - 30%; (C) creativity - 10%; (D) conciseness - 10%; and (E) logical development of the topic - 10%.


Georgia Saves Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest - Due March 15, 2018

Create your own piggy bank while learning about financial literacy and the important of saving money!  See the complete rules and how to enter here.