Whitfield County resident receives award for influence on youth

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Kandi Edwards, center, Whitfield County Extension coordinator and 4-H Extension agent, receives the Northwest District William H. Booth Award during the Georgia 4-H State Congress annual Awards Banquet. Presenting the award are Arch Smith, State 4-H leader/director of 4-H, and Lindsay Bridges, Georgia EMC vice president, Communications & Member Services.

 

Kandi Edwards of Whitfield County was recently awarded the William H. Booth Award (Northwest District) which recognizes the outstanding work of Georgia extension agents involved in the 4-H program.

The Booth Awards, sponsored by Georgia Electric Membership Corp., were presented July 25 in Atlanta during the Annual Georgia 4-H State Congress. Georgia 4-H'ers and county/state faculty and staff were honored at a banquet held the final evening of the three-day event.

"County extension agents working with Georgia 4-H make a powerful impact on young people's lives," said Georgia EMC's Senior Public Relations Coordinator Gale Cutler. "With their time, efforts, commitment and dedication, they are making a difference across Georgia. Georgia's EMCs share that commitment of improving the communities we serve and are proud to sponsor an award that highlights these exceptional agents."

Edwards has worked in extension for 13 years in Whitfield County. Her students have become District board members and Clovers & Company members, Georgia 4-H's performing arts group. She has also been involved with Randolph County agents in co-designing and co-hosting Life 101, a financial literacy conference for middle school students, and with Murray County by taking part in the Teen Maze production by hosting the 4-H Resource Center which provides hands-on activities for students to learn 4-H curricula like healthy living.

While she did not grow up in 4-H, Edwards has grown to love everything that 4-H stands for and what it instills in the youth she works with. Celebrating achievements with 4-H'ers, big or small, is more than just an exciting moment for her.

Edwards said, "I consider it a privilege to open doors of opportunities for my 4-H'ers, to encourage them to walk through those doors and support them when they do."

She has shared the benefits of the 4-H program with countless audiences, from writing newspaper articles to volunteering with the local United Way. Her dedication for recruiting volunteers is a crucial component of any county 4-H programming.

The William H. Booth Award is an honor acknowledging both peer recognition and career achievement. Extension agents from all four districts were elected from their district for seven-plus years in 4-H professional achievement, 4-H educational development, professional and university service, and philosophy. Nominees must complete a rigorous application and interview process.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state's 41 electric cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

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