State 4-H Congress
Toombs County 4-H'ers Receive the Chance to Earn Master Status
The best of the best from across Georgia will gather in Atlanta July 23-26 for the 76th Annual State 4-H Congress. Held annually, 4-H Congress is the end of the year highlight for many of Georgia’s youth. Over 300 members are joined by hundreds of staff and University specialists for the four day event. Local participants for this year's State Congress activities will include Toombs County 4-H members Carlie Morgan, James Poppell, Jodi Kramer, Hannah Page, Logan Harvey and Gracie Hamlin. While at State Congress, members will compete in project competitions, attend leadership award banquets and educational tours.
The State 4-H Congress delegates are District Project Achievement winners who compete for state honors and the right to represent Georgia at National 4-H Congress and earn the coveted Master 4-H’er title. District Project Achievement is a public speaking contest on a subject the 4-H’er chose. It is the reflection of a year’s work complied into a portfolio and a verbal demonstration. Portfolios are broken down into subject areas similar to a resume. Categories consist of an introduction page, main project work, main project sharing and helping, leadership and teen leadership, community service and citizenship activities, other activities and events, and 2 pages of supporting pictures. The youth are encouraged to memorize their 10-12 minute speeches. Visual aids are also used during the presentation. University faculty members and other expert judges evaluate their work and interview them on their portfolio and presentation.
The competitions will be held on Wednesday, July 24th. Demonstrations will be presented and 4-H portfolio interviews will be conducted. The state winners are to be announced that evening at Six Flags over Georgia.
“The competition at State Congress is very intense” stated Cheryl Poppell, Toombs County Extension Coordinator. “We are extremely proud of these 4-H members. It is great to see young people work hard and be rewarded.”
Georgia 4-H is a partner in public education where youth and adults are growing and working together to experience and accomplish the extraordinary. 4-H is the youth organization of the University of Georgia. For more information about 4-H, you may call the Toombs County Extension Office at 526-3101.