Spalding County took two participants to State 4-H Congress competition at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta from July 23rd-July 26th, 2019. Over 250 4-H members from across the state of Georgia participated in this event competing in 47 projects working to become “Master 4-H’ers” which is the highest honor in Georgia 4-H.
During competition, 4-H’ers gave a 12 minute oral presentation in their project area or a 4 minute performance, had their year-long portfolio of project work judged, and completed an interview about their project work. Spalding County participants included: Jhaycee Barnes, Computer Information Technology and Will Alexander, Performing Arts Piano.
After a full day of competition on Wednesday, July 23rd, 4-H’ers were treated to an evening at Six Flags where project winners were announced during a program at the Crystal Pistol. Spalding County had one first place winner, Jhaycee Barnes and one third place winner, Will Alexander. Later that evening the newly elected 2019-2020 State 4- H Board of Directors were given their green 4-H blazers and inducted as officers. Hope Stewart of Spalding County was inducted as Northwest District Representative.
On the last full day of State Congress, 4-H’ers went on educational and donor tours. The State 4-H Congress closed with a banquet held to honor all the newly named “Master 4- H’ers.” Donors and guests gave a standing ovation to all the state project and special events winners as they marched into the ballroom to the Olympic theme and sat at head tables facing the audience.
Each Master 4-H’er was recognized along with the sponsor of the project during the evening event. New “Master 4-H’er’s” from Spalding County are Jhaycee Barnes, Computer Information Technology and Alyssa Laud, High Individual in Wildlife Judging. As a new Project Master, Jhaycee Barnes has been invited to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta in the Fall.