County 4-H’ers win at district events

Eighteen McCulloch County 4-H’ers were among 700 plus 4-H participants that competed for the top 4-H honors at the recent District 7 4-H Roundup held in San Angelo. According to County Extension Agents Jerry Kidd and Jane Holubec, ‘This year at district our 4-H’ers did great’winning three district events and placing everyone within the top five. Plus, graduating seniors Abby Probst and Becca Willmann were recently notified that they will also be among the top 4-H’ers at state to receive prestigious 4-H Foundation scholarships for their outstanding 4-H careers.’ ‘Besides being a great learning experience and lots of fun being involved in 4-H roundup events,’ Holubec added, ‘ District is as far as any junior 4-H members under 14 years old can advance.’ This year at district, in the Junior division, the talented Devin Keese and Laurel Edmondson completely dominated the Share-the-Fun musical competition by placing first and second, respectively. Placing in the very competitive junior livestock judging event of 31 county teams, Lauren Lee, Courtney Hemphill, Cole Blankenship and Jake Farris were fourth overall behind the winning Sterling County junior team by just 23 points. First year judger, Lauren Lee, placed third individually in this very vigorous junior event. In the older divisions, over 2,000 top senior winners from the 12 districts that comprise the Texas Cooperative Extension will venture to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station to compete for state honors. ‘Having 12 4-H’ers from McCulloch County participating at state is great,’ said Kidd, ‘but having two to qualifying in three events and two in two events is even more special.’ Winning the district Share-the-Fun musical division and invited to perform during the state round-up awards ceremonies is Josh Behrens. Josh also placed eighth as the overall individual in the senior livestock judging contest, and with his teammates Lacey Sawyer, Chandra Dean and Mollie Fullagar, the livestock team placed third overall to qualify for the very competitive state livestock judging contest. Both Lacey and Chandra also qualified by winning district with their open method demonstration, and qualified for their third state event in the popular fashion show as the district runner-ups, with Lacey in the formal division and Chandra in the Dressy division. Adding to the honors, the meat judging team’s district championship title once again returned to McCulloch County, with Abby Probst placing second individually, closely followed by teammates Rygh Fullagar , third; Mollie Fullagar, fourth; and Keely Probst, ninth. The demonstration team of Chelsea Petty, Angela Sanchez and Adrian Clark qualified for state as the district runner-ups in family life. Nicolas Garcia placed fourth with his natural resource demonstration on ‘Rainwater Harvesting.’ In all, 13 4-H’ers will be representing District 7 and McCulloch County during the week-long State 4-H Round-Up in recognition for their achievements.

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