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Georgia 4-H celebrated excellence during the 80th Annual 4-H State Congress as top 4-H’ers from around the state gathered in Atlanta July 18-21. State Congress includes the state-level Project Achievement contest where more than 200 delegates competed in 50 Project Achievement areas. They also give recognition to youth development professionals, supporters, and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. Bobby Staudt, senior Long County 4-H’er, competed at State Congress this year in the General Recreation project.  

At the high school level, students choose a project of interest from a list of areas that include agriculture, human development, performing arts, communication, engineering, and workforce preparation. They subsequently research the topic, create a detailed presentation, and participate in related community service and civic engagement activities. State Congress competition also includes individual interviews with qualified professionals who engage with 4-H’ers about their project work.

This 4-H event is made possible by generous contributions from organizations that support positive youth development in Georgia. Sponsors include Georgia’s EMCs, Georgia Power, Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation, Inc., Premium Peanut, and Kelly Loeffler. Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness. As the premier youth leadership organization in the state, Long County was proud to have its first representative present since 2017. We wish Bobby nothing but success as he continues his academic career at ABAC in the Fall. As a proud ABAC alum myself, I know he will be a great leader there and share the good message of 4-H with others and the impact it has had on him all these years. Project Achievement is offered to all 4th-12th grade students in Long County. To learn more about participating, contact the Long County 4-H/Ext. Office at 912-545-9549.