"State 4-H Congress is a celebration of the positive, innovative learning experience Georgia's young people enjoy through 4-H," said Roger C. "Bo" Ryles, state 4-H leader for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The State Congress participants each won earlier county and district competitions. They gave illustrated talks on what they learned in their projects, prepared portfolios of their work and answered questions about their work in interviews.
Georgia 4-H has more than 170,000 members. The 1998 winners, projects and donors, listed by counties, were:
Berrien: Jada Carter, wildlife. Georgia Power.
Bleckley: Meredith Barrs, dairy foods*; Millie Ann Young, breads, White Lily Foods.
Bulloch: Elizabeth Beasley, health, Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University.
Carroll: Wade Buis, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society.
Catoosa: Craig Moore, vocal performing arts, Six Flags.
Crisp: Ashley Musselwhite, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council.
Dooly: Luke Couch III, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc.; Jeffery Barron, instrumental performing arts, Six Flags; Chris Tyndal, beef, Winn Dixie Stores and the Georgia Cattlemen's Association.
Effingham: Amanda Zeigler, food safety and preservation*.
Emanuel: Jordan Powell, public speaking, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit.
Evans: Misty Sikes, food fare*.
Floyd: Jennifer Hulsey, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association; Jamie Woodward, sports, White Water.
Franklin: B.J. Addison, piano performing arts, Six Flags; Dwayne Mayfield, food for fitness*; Linda Brothers, poultry and egg science, Georgia Poultry Federation.
Gilmer: Russell Gheesling, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Griffin Corporation.
Gwinnett: Zach Gaines, electric and electronics, Georgia Electric Membership Corp.
Hall: Betsy Briggs, communications*.
Haralson: Suzanne Scoggins, consumer education, Atlanta Gas Light.
Irwin: Chuck Snyder, shooting sports*.
Jackson: Meghan Davis, horse, Gold Kist.
Jasper: Luke Thornton, computers, Georgia Power.
Lanier: Derrick Connell, wood science, Georgia Development Authority.
Lowndes: Jessica Blanton, human development*; Joshua North, photography*.
Montgomery: Shane Curry, petroleum power, Chevron.
Morgan: Emily Howard, environmental science, Georgia Propane Gas Association.
Newton: Amanda Penn, arts and crafts, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
Oconee: Amanda Gunter, dairy and milk science, Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Pickens: Heidi Brown, general performing arts, Six Flags; Crystal Chastain, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association; Miranda Reece, food funds, General Mills; Rob Jarrett, flowers, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority.
Pulaski: Jeannie Hutchinson, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.
Rockdale: Keshia Gibson, clothing and textiles, Apparel Education Foundation.
Talbot: Tiffani Bartlett, forestry, Union Camp Corporation.
Tift: Shelly Sumner, physical, biological and earth sciences*; Adrienne Gay, housing, furnishings and design, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association; Grant Waldrop, swine, Georgia Pork Producers Association; Lee Gates, outdoor recreation, White Water; Elizabeth Martin, fashion revue*.
Toombs: John Stewart, safety, Atlanta Gas Light.
Union: Travis Brown, sheep*.
Walton: Cy Zareie, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
* Sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation.
(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)