Georgia Magazine - March 2022 - 17

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As state 4-H president, Katie Beth Brewer often spends time behind a
lectern addressing her fellow 4-H'ers.
National 4-H Week provides an opportunity for members like Janey
Miller to share information about the program.
and state leadership roles because of their involvement in 4-H.
Home-schooler nets state award
As a youngster in Stockbridge, Lisa D. Ellis wanted to
participate in 4-H but thought you had to live on a farm to join.
While home-schooling her sons, Gus and Luca Federico, she
heard about 4-H for home-schoolers.
" I reached out, not only because I had wanted to be in 4-H
myself as a kid but because it was a way to expand our curriculum
and extracurricular activities, " the Cartersville mom says.
Gus Federico chose history as his first 4-H project in fifth
grade, but by middle school he joined the forestry project team.
" Last year, our team placed first in district and state forestry
judging competitions, " he says. " I placed highest overall individual
in state. Then last summer, we went to nationals, where our
team placed first. Nationals was hard work, because not only did
we need to know insects,
diseases and trees in
Georgia, we also had to
know many [that are found
throughout the U.S.]. "
Federico has been
dual-enrolled at Georgia
Highlands College in
Gus Federico's forestrymanagement
project involved
creating a portfolio.
Jace Smith shows off the
silver belt buckle he won
at a national cattle
competition.
Cartersville since 10th grade. He will
complete his high school
graduation requirements this spring
and shortly thereafter will finish his
college core curriculum, thanks in
part to a scholarship awarded to him
by the Taylor Foundation because of
his 4-H activities. He's applying to
colleges to study history.
National prize-winning cow
Jace Smith joined 4-H in Hall
County in fifth grade. He wanted to
raise a calf-not just any calf but a
Fleckvieh, a breed that's not very
common in the South.
" My dad helped me find one at
TNT Farms in Cleveland, and I got
Lady Mae when she was just 4 months
old, " says 12-year-old Smith, a sixth
grader at North Hall Middle School in Gainesville. " Now she's
as tall as I am, but she weighs about 900 pounds and I only
weigh 95. "
The family lives on a small farm in Clermont and keeps
about 10 head of cattle. Smith spends a few hours each day
training Lady Mae to walk with a halter. In the process, the two of
them have bonded.
" She follows me around like a dog and is always waiting for
me when it's time to train, " he says.
www.georgiamagazine.org 17
LISA D. ELLIS
JODI BREWER
LAUREN SMITH
MELINDA MILLER
http://www.georgiamagazine.org

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