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Percy Hunter Stone, Georgia’s first Black 4-H state leader in the era of segregation, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Stone is credited with the establishment of Dublin 4-H Center, opened as the first state center for Black 4-H’ers in the U.S. in 1957. CAES News
Percy Hunter Stone
Percy Hunter Stone, Georgia’s first Black 4-H state leader in the era of segregation, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Stone led the organization formerly known as the Negro 4-H Club. He was recognized for his unwavering dedication to creating equal opportunities for all 4-H’ers.
(left to right) Lexi Pritchard, Alyssa Haag, Robie Lucas and Lilly Ann Smith earned Master 4-H’er status with their first-place win at the state level. Pritchard also placed first as the overall high individual in the contest. CAES News
Consumer Judging
Four Oconee County high school students took home top honors at the 4-H State Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging contest at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Georgia, in December. Now the team is on to the national contest, happening in January 2024.
Lexi Pritchard (left) receives her top award from a member of the Poultry Science Association. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
National 4-H Poultry Judging
Lexi Pritchard, a 12th grade 4-H’er from Oconee County, won first place individual at the National Poultry Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky, held Nov. 15-16 as part of the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference. Pritchard scored 1350 points out of a possible 1500 and received top honors as an individual competitor.
Members of Well Connected Communities work together to improve health in their communities. CAES News
Well Connected Communities
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents throughout the state have been hard at work improving health in their communities through the Well Connected Communities program. A nationwide initiative developed by the Cooperative Extension System and the National 4-H Council, Well Connected Communities is designed to identify and address systemic health inequities at the local level.
4-H Tech Changemakers address the digital divide between young people and senior citizens by providing education on common technological devices, assisting with one-on-one support, and helping with online activities. In this photo, Houston County 4-H Tech Changemaker Leilani Priest-Akens addresses 130 university leaders at a regional conference discussing new tech survey resources. (Photo by Josie Smith) CAES News
4-H Tech Changemakers
Youth involved with the Georgia 4-H Tech Changemakers program are bridging the digital divide and providing digital literacy education to improve workforce readiness skills in adults. The 2021-22 cohort surpassed previous record impact numbers by reaching 5,488 adults during the program year, working cooperatively to plan, implement and evaluate needs-driven educational programming in their local communities.
A young student in the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program reaches out to gently pat a turtle at a Georgia 4-H center. CAES News
Natural Wonderland
A math teacher and a gym coach take long steps down to the sandy ground from the bottom stairs of two yellow school buses. It is still early March, but the air is already warm and sticky; a gentle breeze stirs the Spanish moss that droops from live oak trees above their heads. An instant later, 64 middle-school students pile out of the buses and take in their surroundings at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island.
Melanie Biersmith is the ninth State Leader for Georgia 4-H CAES News
Georgia 4-H Leader
Georgia 4-H has selected Melanie Biersmith as the new state 4-H leader. Effective Nov. 1, Biersmith is the ninth state leader in the organization’s 118-year history. Biersmith most recently served as the associate state 4-H leader for facilities and residential programs for Georgia 4-H, where she managed operations and personnel at all six Georgia 4-H centers.
“My goal for this year is to touch base with as many teachers as I can, making sure they have the resources they need for their school gardens so we can get on track,” said UGA Extension community and school garden coordinator Becky Griffin. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA) CAES News
Spinach to Win It
October is National Farm to School Month, and this year students will learn more about a leafy green that is packed with nutrition through the theme “Spinach to Win It.” Farm to School Month is coordinated by Georgia Organics in partnership with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and other institutions. Together, they focus on a specific crop to help students across the state learn more about agriculture and how food ends up on their plates.
Ware County 4-H'er Amiyah Elam delivered an address to the 2022 Georgia 4-H State Congress delegation and shared the story of how 4-H molded her into a successful young leader. CAES News
4-H Week
Georgia 4-H is celebrating National 4-H Week and recognizing more than 100 years of excellence in positive youth development Oct. 2 through 8. With over 6 million members and 25 million alumni nationally, 4-H programs touch young people from all backgrounds and communities.
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.