After a year of hard work and dedication, close to 150 Georgia 4-H youths were named state winners at the Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia.Georgia 4-H members earn an invitation to compete at State Congress through hard work and dedication. At the beginning of the year, students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement (DPA), and participate in service and leadership events in their communities throughout the year.Then the regional first place winners compete at State Congress in a variety of categories including history, horses, performing arts, and public speaking. Each student gives a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and is interviewed about their portfolio that details their research, leadership and service projects.Arch Smith, state leader for the Georgia 4-H program, calls State 4-H Congress is “the annual capstone event” of the program’s year. “Learn by Doing is a slogan of 4-H, and Georgia 4-H members who have been involved in the Project Achievement process competed for the honor of being named state winner last week,” he said. “We recognized nearly 150 state winners at the annual banquet in 4-H educational programs from agriculture to performing arts to food preparation and healthy living. We are proud of these young people who have reached the highest level of attainment of over 238,000 4-H participants during the program year that ended in July.” This year’s winners, listed by home county, are:BACONMason McClintock, General RecreationBERRIENLeAnn Beville, Fashion RevueBIBBLarry Howard, Food for FitnessBLECKLEYCaleb Moseley, Food Safety and PreservationBULLOCHWilliam Gatch, Outdoor RecreationBURKEHannah Eckerman, PhotographyCHATTOOGAMary Anna Bentley, Dairy and Milk ScienceLily Thibodeaux, Human DevelopmentCOFFEESavannah Cothern, Dairy FoodsEvie Woodward, Performing Arts – VocalCOLUMBIAEmma Wurst, SafetyCRISPKayla Stephens, Workforce Prep and Career DevelopmentDOUGHERTYTandria Burke, Companion and Specialty AnimalsDOUGLASRhiannon Perrien, EntomologyEFFINGHAMOwen Mercer, Plant and Soil SciencePayton Mercer, HistoryELBERTEmma Williams, Fruits, Vegetables, and NutsEMANUELSavannah Reynolds, Food for Health and SportFULTONAdin Burwell, Environmental ScienceGORDONOlivia Forrest, InternationalGRADYAsher Childs, Pork ProductionLily Norton, Sheep and Meat GoatsLizzy Thompson, Festive Foods for HealthHALLGracie McBride, SportsHARALSONJozie Mize, Food FareHARTRachel Tellano, Arts and CraftsBen Tellano, CommunicationsHENRYAshlyn Donaldson, Forest Resources/Wood ScienceHOUSTONAllen Brooks, Performing Arts – GeneralEvelyn Day, Veterinary ScienceJACKSONAndie Ellett, Performing Arts – DramaJASPERKeri Roach, Family Resource ManagementLOWNDESDaniel Peterson, Poultry and Egg ScienceMADISONDonovan Nelson, Public SpeakingClayton Adams, RoboticsMITCHELLAbi Pace, Performing Arts – DanceMONROEAustin Wiggins, BeefMORGANSusan Bishop, HealthLeah Wall, Performing Arts – PianoNEWTONLavendar Harris, Wildlife and Marine ScienceOCONEEDavid Han, Physical, Biological and Earth SciencesAmelia Sale, Housing, Equipment and EnvironmentKalani Washington, Performing Arts – Other InstrumentalPAULDINGNicholas McKinley, Engineering and MechanicsSPALDINGJhaycee Barnes, Computer Information TechnologyTHOMASMichaela Falconer, Dog Care and TrainingTIFTLydia Connell, HorseTOOMBSHannah Page, Flowers, Shrubs and LawnsTREUTLENTrevor Byrd, Target SportsWEBSTERSavannah Matthews, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.