Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas told AM 1180 on Thursday that she is helping form an advisory committee for the students who won a state-wide competition at the Georgia 4H Youth Summit from Chattooga County, and who have subsequently been awarded a grant to begin to implement their project to beautify downtown Summerville and emphasize hospitality in our community. 

The Chattooga County 4H Youth Summit delegation were one of only three out of 159 counties chosen to present their project to the summit which was attended by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.  Two students from Chattooga High School, Matthew Pace and Melissa Maynard, and two students from Trion High School, Kaylen Hamby and Victoria Hall, chose as their topic – "Rural Development and Customer Service."  Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas said that the four had to come up with the topic on their own without any input from her or the adult supervisors. 

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters and the City of Summerville have both committed to adding funds to the small grant that was received to help the students implement their project.  The advisory committee is being formed to help the students with the implementation of their project. 

You can hear more about the topic in an upcoming Newsmakers Interview program on AM 1180.  Stay tuned for broadcast times.