Austin French

first_imgCordele, Georgia, native Austin French may have gained nationwide notoriety this summer on ABC’s “Rising Star,” but it was as a member of Georgia 4-H where friends and supporters first recognized his star quality. “4-H, in general, was a huge catalyst for my music career — just public speaking and being personable, reaching out to people. I learned all that through 4-H. Without 4-H, I don’t know if I’d be where I am right now,” French said.The south Georgia singing sensation and Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company alumnus became a household name when he finished as runner-up on the inaugural season of ABC’s “Rising Star,” a reality television singing competition. French, who still leads church worship services at Journey Baptist Church in Tifton, believes 4-H was the springboard for his musical career.“Going on this competition, I did so many TV interviews, talked to different people, met different executives — without the confidence that 4-H really equipped me with, it might have turned out a lot differently,” said French.Joining the group when he was in fifth grade, French was a member of Clovers & Company from 2005 to 2012. French is not the first Clovers & Company alum to achieve success.“Clovers & Company acts as a catalyst to not only get youth more involved with 4-H, but also to propel them toward a successful career in the performing arts,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, assistant show director and state coordinator for Clovers & Company.Country music superstar and Douglas, Georgia, native Jennifer Nettles is also a past member of Clovers & Company, as is songwriter and Washington, Georgia, native Hillary Lindsey. Before launching her solo career, Nettles was a member of the CMT Music Award-winning group, Sugarland. Lindsey is known for writing chart-topping hits like “Jesus Take The Wheel” and “Two Black Cadillacs,” both recorded by Carrie Underwood.Varnadoe is not surprised by French’s success and is confident there are many more musical talents in Georgia.“Austin was a member of our cast for eight years, so we were fortunate enough to be able to watch him grow as a performer as well as a leader. Austin was always featured prominently in our shows, and we knew that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world discovered what a true star he was, both on and off the stage. It makes us so proud to claim someone as successful as Austin as one of our own,” Varnadoe said. “It is an honor for me, as well as the rest of the staff, to be able to work with incredibly talented young people in Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company.”Clovers & Company was founded in 1981 and is comprised of talented Georgia 4-H members from across the state. Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Clovers & Company group will be held June 11, 2015, at the Fortson 4-H Center in Atlanta and June 16, 2015, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Varnadoe at (706) 542-9237 or [email protected]last_img read more

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NextGen Know-How: Keep your credit union’s top employees

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1998, I moved from my native New York to Washington, D.C., searching for a fresh start. I needed to get away after some of the toughest months of my life: my parents were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, I had just broken up with my boyfriend, and my grandfather had just died of Alzheimer’s disease. I figured things could only get better. My best friend from college lived in DC, so I quit my job, loaded my Saturn SL with all my belongings, and moved 300 miles away to a new city with no job.I was pretty new in the corporate world, so I was willing to start near the bottom and work my way up. I took a job at a small technology firm as an office manager. On my first day, the HR director told me they were going to sit me at the front desk temporarily until they hired a receptionist. She also told me that the CEO didn’t like the title “office manager,” so they would be changing my title to “administrative assistant.” Needless to say, the three months I spent with the company were not my happiest. I was disengaged, didn’t trust management, and didn’t feel appreciated.Have you ever had an experience working in a job you didn’t love? It’s tough to stay engaged if you work for a micromanaging boss, if the work environment is stifling, or there’s no sense of appreciation from management.Unfortunately, my experience of feeling disengaged on the job is more the norm than the exception for many people. continue reading »last_img read more

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Handicap Hurdle big prize at Ballybrit today

first_imgDermot Weld has been struggling for his customary success at Ballybrit this week, but he’ll have high hopes of saddling the big winner today with Pat Smullen partnering the Aga Khan owned “Alveena” for the feature.The 4-year-old filly will go up against the David Wachmann trained “Torcedor” and “Queen Alphabet” from Peter Fahey’s in-form stable.The opening race of the evening in Galway is the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at 5.10pmlast_img

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Northern Colorado tops Montana State 68-59 in Big Sky clash

first_img Jonah Radebaugh scored 17 points and Bodie Hume added 14 as Northern Colorado beat Montana State 68-59 on Thursday night, handing the Bobcats their first Big Sky loss.Northern Colorado (8-5, 1-1), earned its fifth consecutive home victory, grabbing the lead midway through the first half and not letting go. Trent Harris added 10 points and six rebounds. Kai Edwards had 11 rebounds for the Bears.Amin Adamu scored a career-high 26 points for the Bobcats (8-6), and his jumper midway through the second half pulled Montana State to within four, 45-41.Harris answered on Northern Colorado’s next possession, then rebounded an Adamu miss and later hit from distance to start a 6-1 run for the Bears. Northern Colorado didn’t let the Bobcats within six the rest of the way.Jubrile Belo added 13 points and seven rebounds for Montana State. Bobcats leading scorer Harald Frey (17.5 ppg) was held to five points on 2-for-7 shooting.Northern Colorado plays Montana at home on Saturday. Montana State takes on Southern Utah on the road on Saturday. Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 12:34 IST Northern Colorado Tops Montana State 68-59 In Big Sky Clash Jonah Radebaugh scored 17 points and Bodie Hume added 14 as Northern Colorado beat Montana State 68-59 on Thursday night, handing the Bobcats their first Big Sky loss. FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 3rd January, 2020 12:34 ISTlast_img read more

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Moses, Osaze dropped for AFCON qualifiers

first_imgStoke City forwards Victor Moses and Osaze Odemwingie were the notable big name exclusions from the Super Eagles 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa in September.The Eagles, who are the reigning African champions, begin their title defence against the Red Devils of Congo in Calabar on September 6, before flying to Cape Town to take on the Bafana Bafana four days later.Fifteen players from the 2014 World Cup squad made the cut for the AFCON qualifiers. The exclusion of Moses, who just sealed a season-long loan deal at Stoke, may have arisen from an indifferent performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was also involved in a spat with officials.Also left out from the list released by the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday are the duo of Reuben Gabriel, Ejike Uzoenyi, Michael Uchebo and Babatunde Michael, who were all part of the squad in Brazil.Hull City forward Sone Aluko however made a return to the squad alongside Schalke 04 man, Chinedu Obasi. Former England youth international Aluko has made just one appearance for the Eagles – against Ireland in 2009 – despite being handed several invitations in the past.Obasi’s last game for Nigeria was in a 0-0 friendly draw against Botswana in November 2011, in what was Stephen Keshi’s first game in charge of the national team. There were also call-ups for homeboys Warri Wolves in-form striker Gbolahan Salami and Enugu Rangers’ Christian Osaguona.The quartet of Elderson Echiejile (Monaco) Joel Obi (Inter Milan), Nosa Igiebor (Macabi Tel Aviv) and Nnamdi Oduamadi (Crotone), who were all last minute exclusions from the trip to Brazil, are back in the team.With Joseph Yobo’s retirement from international football, the qualifiers will see goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama taking over as captain of the national side.last_img read more

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