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Outfitted with a bright-blue tracker on her shell, Belle the sea turtle makes her first successful voyage into the ocean after five years with Burton 4-H Center. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
Burton Sea Turtle
A loggerhead sea turtle named Belle has returned to her natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean after five years as a resident of Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Equipped with a tracking device attached to her shell to monitor her journey back to the sea, Belle was released on the beach at Tybee Island on Sept. 7 with a send-off from the 4-H center staff and volunteers.
State 4-H Events Coordinator and former Oconee County AmeriCorps member Ke'Marcis Howard teaches young students in a local school classroom. CAES News
Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps
The Georgia 4-H program is one of 25 Georgia organizations to receive AmeriCorps funding to support programming across the state. Organizations in Georgia received $7,260,916 in AmeriCorps funding from the federal agency for 2022-23.
Lexi Collier (right), a seventh-grade 4-H’er from Walton County, learns to fly a drone while fellow 4-H'er Drake Banner waits his turn during Georgia 4-H’s Mission Make-It event at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. CAES News
4-H Mission Make-It
The Georgia 4-H STEM initiative hosted 152 middle school 4-H’ers for Mission Make-It, an immersive learning experience at Rock Eagle 4-H Center focused on agricultural engineering. The annual event, which took place on Aug. 20, offered hands-on engineering experience with the theme “Rooted in Agriculture.”
Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp received the Green Jacket Award for their service to Georgia 4-H. Pictured from left: Dennis Chastain, CEO of Georgia EMC; Arch Smith, retired state leader of Georgia 4-H; Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia first lady Marty Kemp; Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension. CAES News
Green Jacket Award
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp received the Green Jacket Award from Georgia 4-H at the 2022 Georgia 4-H State Congress. This prestigious award is presented to individuals who have shown significant ongoing support to 4-H across the state of Georgia.
Sheila Marchant (center) received the 2022 William H. Booth Award at Georgia 4-H State Congress. She is pictured here with Jenna Saxon, Government Relations Representative for Georgia EMC (left), and Arch Smith, retired Georgia 4-H State Leader (right). CAES News
Booth Award
Sheila Marchant, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator and 4-H agent for Jeff Davis County, received the 2022 William H. Booth Award at Georgia 4-H State Congress in July. This award recognizes 4-H agents for their outstanding career achievements and strong commitment to community support.
Madelynn Murphy, fourth grade 4-H’er from Appling County, poses with her first-place winning 109-pound watermelon. CAES News
4-H Watermelon Contest
Madelynn Murphy, a fourth-grade 4-H’er from Appling County, earned a sweet victory in the 2022 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest with a girthy melon weighing in at 109.5 pounds. The conclusion of the contest was held on National Watermelon Day, August 3.
Georgia 4-H'er Mia Burnett, the first grand marshal for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, stands in front of her bee mural displayed at the Flint River Arts Council building in Camilla. CAES News
Pollinator Census Grand Marshal
Mitchell County 4-H member Mia Burnett has been named the 2022 Great Georgia Pollinator Census Grand Marshal in honor of dedication to pollinator preservation and awareness. A rising ninth grader at at Westwood School in Camilla, Georgia, Burnett will open the fourth annual census on Aug. 19 with a social media announcement inviting Georgians and South Carolinians to begin counting pollinators.
The 79th annual 4-H State Congress, held July 18-22 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, included the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action contests and recognized youth development professionals, supporters and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. CAES News
State 4-H Congress
Last month, top 4-H’ers from around the state gathered in Atlanta to celebrate the 79th annual 4-H State Congress, an event packed with competition and recognition. State Congress, which took place from July 18-22, includes the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action contests and acknowledges youth development professionals, supporters and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. 
Mia Burnett, 4-H Ambassador for pollinators, tests a honey sample during training at Rock Eagle 4-H center in June. Burnett is one of 62 high-school students chosen for the 2022-23 Georgia 4-H Ambassador Program. CAES News
Georgia 4-H Ambassadors
Georgia 4-H has chosen 62 high-school students for the Georgia 4-H Ambassador Program to represent the organization in the program areas of Healthy Living, STEM, Tech, Wildlife and Pollinators around the state. Representing 42 Georgia counties, ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process and attended a comprehensive training weekend at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in June.
Coming in first place in the Georgia 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl, the Burke County senior team includes members Emmaline Cunningham, Tony Gray, Abby Joyner, Susanna Murray and Holt Sapp, who were coached by 4-H Extension Agent Meridith Meckel. CAES News
Dairy Quiz Bowl
The senior team from Burke County won first place at the Georgia 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl contest on May 20 at the UGA Animal Dairy Science Complex. Team members Emmaline Cunningham, Tony Gray, Abby Joyner, Susanna Murray and Holt Sapp were coached by Burke County 4-H Agent Meridith Meckel.