“In a year filled with chaos and violence, it’s good to be with hundreds of youngpeople involved in positive activity,” said Roger C. Ryles, state 4-H program leader.”State 4-H Congress always brings out the best in a young people and reminds all ofus that the future for Georgia is bright.” Following the June 15 competition, the 4-H’ers toured metro Atlanta, meeting withdonors, state legislators and corporate leaders. A June 16 banquet honored the statewinners.Georgia 4-H is the youth education component of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. State Congress is the culmination of a year’s work in a 4-Hproject. 4-H’ers prepare a portfolio of their project work, participate in an interviewabout their portfolio and give an oral presentation for this statewide competition.1999 State 4-H WinnersHere are this year’s state winners, projects and project donors, listed by their homecounties. Baker — Emmett Jordan, forest resources and wood science, International Paper. Barrow — Sloan Shelton, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Bartow — Joseph Walraven, flowers, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority. Bleckley — Lauren Ledbetter, sports, White Water. Butts — Abby Fletcher, fashion revue, Georgia Master 4-H Club. Candler — Holley Rotton, health, Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. Clarke — Fred Smith, public speaking, Georgia Farm Credit Association. Colquitt — Anna Fountain, communications, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation. Crisp — Heather Allen, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Dodge — Jessica Cadwell, safety, Atlanta Gas Light. Dooly — Jeri Lynn Smith, housing, furnishings and design, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association. Dougherty — John Williams, physical, biological and earth science, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. Effingham — Chris Conner, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power; Jeana Felton, clothing and textiles, Southern Polytechnic State University; Jay Graham, outdoor recreation, White Water; and Lindsey Webb, sheep, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Elbert — Ross Tankersley, beef, sponsored by Winn Dixie and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Emanuel — Jessica Black, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc. Evans — Marcy McElveen, dairy foods, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Franklin — Jason Chitwood, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Griffin Corporation. Gwinnett — Tyler Gaines, power and energy, Chevron. Lanier — Hal Darsey, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society; and Chris Studstill, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council. Lincoln — Carole Bufford, performing arts – vocal, Six Flags Over Georgia; Shelbye Reese, performing arts – general, Six Flags Over Georgia. Lowndes — Matthew North, breads, White Lily; and Emily Shea, consumer education, Atlanta Gas Light. Marion — Daniel Everett, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association; and Elizabeth Hagin, poultry and egg science, Georgia Poultry Federation. Newton — Isreal Cooper, food fare, Savannah Foods and Industries. Pickens — Eva Key, food for fitness, Savannah Foods and Industries; Ivey Marshall, environmental science, Georgia Propane Gas Association; and Carrie McCurdy, performing arts – instrumental, Six Flags Over Georgia. Rockdale — Kim Benfield, work force preparation and career development, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Sumter — Crystal Perry, food funds, General Mills. Tift — Kim Bland, food safety and preservation, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Adam Branch, computers, Georgia Power; Lauryn Clegg, arts and crafts, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association; and Matthew Waldrop, swine, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Toombs — Heather Sheppard, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Treutlen — Sarah Phillips, human development, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Walton — Patti Byrne, performing arts – piano, Six Flags Over Georgia; Bob Carter, dairy and milk science, Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk; Jessica Davis, shooting sports safety, Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. Jim Boddie; and Seth Turner, horse, Gold Kist. Wilcox — Kerri Helms, photography, Georgia 4-H Foundation. Georgia 4-H’ers accented the positives as 46 of the state’s teen-agers emerged fromproject competition to be named state winners during the 57th annual State 4-H Congress inAtlanta June 14-17.