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Outstanding Teen Jarrett Cartee

2014 Servant's Heart Award from First Lady Sandra Deal

Posted: June 27, 2014 2:20 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:16 p.m.

Jarrett Brannen Cartee
Statesboro High School
Class of 2014
Parents: Brian & Amanda Cartee


        Jarrett Cartee was just ten years old and in the fifth grade choir at Statesboro's First Baptist Church when he volunteered to assist former Minister of Music Bill Coen. In a few years' time, due to his dedication and willingness to serve, Jarrett went from small jobs to operating the audio-visual technology system in the church's new sanctuary.
        In fifth grade Jarrett also joined the 4-H Club. An active participant, he soon excelled in the program benefiting from the hands-on life skills training he received. Jarrett started doing community service projects which continued through high school in Y-Club and Youth Leadership Bulloch. He volunteered at the 4-H Fair Booth, at Special Olympics, at the Open Heart Community Mission 5k Chocolate Run, and at Relay for Life events among others.                                   This year, for his record of community service, First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal honored Jarrett as the first statewide winner of The Servant's Heart Award, created to celebrate "outstanding young people across the state who selflessly contribute to bettering their community."
        In 4-H Jarrett was also introduced to show horse competitions sanctioned by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). He participated in tournaments all over the state in the Georgia Quarter Horse Association (GQHA), the Georgia Quarter Horse Youth Association (GQHYA), the Horseman's Quarter Horse Association of Georgia (HQHA), and State 4-H horse shows, winning regional and state titles. Winning the title of Senior Stock Seat Champion earned Jarrett a $500 scholarship from the HQHA. He has competed in the Southern Regionals in Tunica, MS, West Monroe, LA, and Perry, GA, and in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship in Oklahoma City.
        Between training for American Quarter Horse events and volunteering, Jarrett managed to keep honors level grades while joint-enrolled at SHS and GSU, where he's pursuing a nursing degree. "One day, I would like to be able to tell someone what's wrong with them, address it, and fix it," he said. Makes perfect sense for someone who lives by the 4-H motto - "To Make the Best Better."



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