Since 1942, State Congress has been the premier competition and recognition event for high school age Georgia 4-H’ers. Held each year in Atlanta, State Congress is a four-day event that hosts various contests, recognizes 4-H scholarship recipients and honors state 4-H winners in a variety of projects and competitions.
Covid-19 provided a challenge, but 4-H’ers proved to be overcomers for 2020 Georgia State 4-H Congress by going virtual. 4-H’ers across the state persevered to compete by submitting a video of their project presentation. With that came a new way of judging and a new way of announcing winners. There were 50 project winners that will receive Master 4-H’er status and will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress.
This year there were over 140 judges from 11 states that volunteered more than 1,000 hours of service to score project presentations and portfolio interviews.
The announcement of winners came by way of a YouTube video and was delivered by some of Georgia’s finest. 4-H’ers were praised by: Dr. Jere Morehead, UGA President; Dr. Marhsall Shepherd, UGA faculty; Gary Black, GA Agriculture Commissioner; Brian Snitker, Manager of the Atlanta Braves; Colt Ford, former 4-H’er and country music performer; Tom Crean, UGA Head Basketball Coach; Kirby Smart, UGA Head Football Coach and our long time 4-H alumni and supporter, country music star Jennifer Nettles.
Mason Daniel of Floyd County 4-H and Armuchee High School participated in a very competitive project of History. Mason took his love of history and kept a one year portfolio that included main project work, helping and sharing, leadership, community service and other that was submitted and judged. For his presentation, he followed another passion of history and concentrated on Walt Disney, his life and accomplishments through the Disney parks.
The announcement of winners can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcIZ91RV-4U