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Published on 08/19/21

Georgia 4-H installs new board

By Jason Estep for CAES News
2021-2022 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors group photo
The 2021-22 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors are (front row, left to right) Georgia Simmons, Aniyah Hall, Kaylee Collins, Katie Beth Brewer, Hinano Tomlinson, (back row, left to right) Willie White, Davis Slate, Jay Lovett and Ashton Ates.

Georgia 4-H announced the 2021-22 State Board of Directors as part of an in-person statewide event for high school 4-H’ers called “THE Senior Event.” 

Nearly 350 eighth- through 12th-grade youth gathered at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in late June to compete in a series of fun and friendly physical and mental challenges, part of the annual Iron Clover Contest, to enjoy some much-needed fellowship with peers and to learn the results of the 4-H State Board of Directors elections. 

In the week leading up to THE Senior Event, virtual campaigning — including candidate speeches, candidate question forums, and electronic campaign posters — was used to introduce this year’s slate of 4-H State Board candidates to voting delegates from around the state. 

Because capacity at THE Senior Event was limited due to health and safety protocols, campaigning and voting was conducted virtually to engage more youth in the election process. High school 4-H’ers who qualified as state officer candidates were required to present a campaign speech, extemporaneously respond to randomly selected questions, and answer questions submitted online by fellow 4-H’ers as part of a Virtual Candidate Forum.

Hundreds of youth voting delegates from around the state were able to vote virtually over two rounds. Candidates earning the five highest counts in the first round of voting are elected to the at-large positions on the State Board of Directors — president, vice president and three state representative positions. The second round of voting is a district-level ballot to select four district representatives to complete the Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors. Being elected to serve as a state officer is one of the top leadership positions a 4-H’er can hold.

The 2021-22 Georgia 4-H State Board of Directors are:

  • President: Katie Beth Brewer, Dodge County
  • Vice President: Georgia Simmons, Banks County
  • State Representative: Aniyah Hall, Ben Hill County
  • State Representative: Jay Lovett, Treutlen County
  • State Representative: Willie White, Pierce County
  • Northeast District Representative: Davis Slate, Clarke County
  • Northwest District Representative: Kaylee Collins, Spalding County
  • Southeast District Representative: Ashton Ates, Coffee County
  • Southwest District Representative: Hinano Tomlinson, Sumter County

To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org