4-H Citizenship Ceremony celebrated
Newton 4-H’ers were part of the record 117 participants in the 55th 4-H Citizenship Ceremony at State 4-H Council last month.
Each year, high school 4-H’ers gather at State 4-H Council to elect Georgia officers, make any constitutional changes, compete against the other districts, and, of course, to make new friends. While the competitions and the dance music have changed a bit over the years, traditions such as the Citizenship Ceremony haven’t changed in more than a half-century.
Harold Darden, retired associate state 4-H leader emeritus, wrote the ceremony in 1959 to charge 4-H’ers coming of voting age to take their place in the political process. In the ceremony, youths are told that “eternal vigilance is the price of democracy. The blessings it bestows come not without obligation. Active, intelligent participation rather than blind allegiance is demanded of us.”
They then take the following oath:
We, individually and collectively, pledge our efforts
We will never allow tyranny and injustice to - ence to our duties as cit -
We will strive for perfec
We will devote our tal -
We will endeavor to - terity, not merely as we
From my year in the citizenship ceremony, I rememb e r getting to stand at the front of the Rock Eagle auditorium with a flag as we took the oath, a huge flag flying on the stage behind us.
I made sure to register to vote in Mr. Charles Woods’ classroom at Newton High as soon as I turned 17.5, so that I could vote the day I turned 18 if there were an election (there wasn’t, but I was awfully excited when my voter registration card turned up promptly after my birthday). Even as a college student in Athens, I requested each and every absentee ballot from Newton County elections.
I also made sure I was aware of what we were vot- ing for well before the election, doing my research so that I could vote for the ideals I held most important. My parents have chaperoned the State 4-H Council delegation for many years, and said they’ve heard a lot of discussion on the way home each year about what it means to be a good citizen. They said the 4-H’ers notice that it means more than just active and intelligent participation in voting, or even serving as soldiers.
It’s also things they’re already practicing as youths — like leaving our community more beautiful than we found it through activities with Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, the Great American Clean-Up and Rivers Alive.
Our Youth Summit team used a grant to purchase a “little free library” to bring book lending to this community, which will be installed by the fall.
4-H’ers contribute to our community’s recreational and social needs through service such as at the Independence Day celebration on the square this week.
And as each of these youths moves off to college, they’ll take some part of this citizenship oath with them, continuing to serve our community, state, country and world for the rest of their lives.
It’s easy to see the results in our community by the number of 4-H alumni serving not only on every elected board in our county, but also by the incredible number of people ready to share a favorite 4-H memory every time you attend a community event or service project. Academic honors
The following students were named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, for spring quarter 2013: Samelia Bankole of Covington; Amber Jones of Covington; Jamie Lane of Social Circle; Robert Myers of Oxford; and Maria Zurita of Covington.
Full-time undergraduate students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.
The following students were named to the honor list of Oxford College for the 2013 spring semester; Robert Hight of Covington; Elizabeth Dobbs of Covington; Michelle Eady of Oxford; and Kevin Childress of Covington. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be named to the honor list.
The following students were named to Oxford’s merit list, denoting a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the previous semester: Stephanie Herndon of Covington; Michela Manning of Covington; and Tyler Moon of Covington.
The following students were named to the dean’s list of Emory College of Gill graduates
Joshua Gill graduated last month from the IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) and Brown University in Providence, R.I. He is the son of Kevin and Kathy Gill of Oxford and a 1997 graduate of Newton High School. Offered jointly by both schools, the IEBrown EMBA blends traditional business education with liberal arts to go beyond business and address a wide range of non-market issues that affect today’s business environment. Gill, who also graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree is 2001 and a master’s in 2004, lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Tara, and their 3-year-old daughter Delia.
Newton 4-H’ers Bradford Porter of Newton High and Mary Lathem and Mallori Johnson of Eastside High attended State 4-H Council at Rock Eagle.