Walter Knighton, Ensuring Comprehensive Education For All

Walter Knighton discovered his life’s passion in the bookshelves of the curriculum library at Fort Valley State University. As a graduate assistant, he became entranced with the many periodicals that discussed the process and history of education. “I’ve always been fascinated by learning,” said Knighton, Associate Superintendent for Sumter County Schools. “I’ve always found interesting any process, structures, resources, or history regarding education.” After being a teacher, an administrator, and a principal at Americus-Sumter County High
School, when Knighton finally landed his current position overseeing curriculum, he knew he had finally arrived:

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Pictured above left to right: Michael Pepito, Treaszure Shelton, Kaitlyn Luckie, Paris Eberhardt, Trenton Floyd, Brooklyn Killcrease, Markayla Sanders and Jim Vinson.

Sumter County 4-H Adventures in Water with ch2m

Ch2m hosted Adventures in Water for Sumter County 4-H’ers June 12, 2017. 4-H’ers learned basic water safety, collected water samples, conducted water test, and toured Americus Water Works, Mill Creek Water Waste Treatment Facility.

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Pictured above Tim Varnedore, Southwest District Extension Director, Crystal Perry, Sumter County 4-H Extension Agent, Keisha Wise, Sumter County Extension Secretary, and Bill Starr Sumter County

Sumter County Extension Staff Awarded

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Patch Work Quilt Summary

Sumter County Middle School students in Ms. Nathelma Maxwell’s 8th grade Georgia Studies are working to complete a patch work quilt summary. The students worked collaboratively in creating the design. The summary is to review GPS Standard for Social Studies in preparation for Georgia Milestone Assessment in April. Pictured: Deondrea Watts, Tamiria Robinson, Amethyst Dorsey, Myla McCuller, Anthonae Muldrow, and Travarez Roberts

The Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents annual meeting and professional improvement conference was held at Rock Eagle4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia April 17 – 19, 2017. During the State Awards brunch on Wednesday, August 19, 2017, Sumter County Extension Secretary, Keisha Wise, and 4-H Extension Agent, Crystal Perry, were awarded. Keisha Wise received the GAE4-HA Southwest District Outstanding Secretary award. In Keisha’s 21 years of service at Sumter County Extension office, her work ethic of ensuring excellence has not changed. She is known throughout the state for going above and beyond for UGA Extension and Sumter County. Crystal Perry, 4-H Extension Agent, was awarded Southwest District Outstanding New Extension Professional Award. Since 2014 Crystal has served as Sumter County 4-H agent and has worked quickly to restore programming in Sumter County. Her work has expanded the 4-H program to reach over 700 youth in Sumter County and also includes national work and projects with the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Diversity Task Force and eXtension Foundation Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps.