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Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams successful at national contests

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams finished first and third in their respective national contests, which were held in November at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The Livestock Judging Team competed against 31 other teams in the 92nd National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The team’s first-place finish gave Virginia back-to-back national championships. The team beat second-place South Dakota by 10 points and third-place Pennsylvania by 16 points.

Members of the Livestock Judging Team included

  • Kam Childers of Ewing, Virginia.
  • Sarah Jane French of Cumberland, Virginia.
  •  Jenna Kibler of Edinburg, Virginia.
  • Simon Liggett of Mt. Solon, Virginia.
  • Jake McCall (alternate) of Greenville, Virginia.
  • Cole Reeves (alternate) of Churchville, Virginia.
  • Cassidy Simmons (alternate) of Staunton, Virginia.

Bain Wilson, youth livestock educator at Virginia Tech, coached the team.

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Augusta Food Works team wins big in national competition

team members posing with skillet tropies

Virginia’s National Champion Food Challenge Team; pictured from left to right: Luke Jennings, Jordan Strickler, Madeline Rothwell, and Ryan Sensabaugh.

The Augusta County Food Works team took home top honors at the National 4-H Food Challenge, held Oct. 4 in Dallas. The team topped a competitive 11-team field to be crowned 2016 national champions.

The four-member team included:

  • Luke Jennings of Staunton, Virginia;
  • Madeline Rothwell of Staunton, Virginia;
  • Ryan Sensabaugh of Greensville, Virginia; and
  • Jordan Strickler of Staunton, Virginia.

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Virginia 4-H member wins lawn tractor contest

young man on riding lawn mower

Tyler Burgess in Lafayette, Indiana, at the 2016 National Youth Lawn Tractor Challenge.

Tyler Burgess, a 4-H member from Franklin, Virginia, won the 2016 National Youth Lawn Tractor Challenge on Sept. 27 in Lafayette, Indiana.

The event is designed to give youth participating in lawn tractor-focused educational programs an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the areas of lawn care, business management, lawn and garden tractor operation, and maintenance and safety.

Burgess competed against youth from around the country to win the title. He won after completing a written exam, identifying mechanical parts, and demonstrating safe operation of a lawn tractor through an obstacle course.

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Virginia Tech to host 96th annual 4-H Congress

students in a garden

4-H Congress participants take part in myriad educational activities during their time on campus in Blacksburg. Pictured here, students take an educational tour of Virginia Tech’s Hahn Horticulture Garden with Alex Niemiera, professor of horticulture and woody plants curator.

More than 500 eager 4-H members and volunteers will descend upon Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus June 27-30, 2016, for the 96th annual Virginia 4-H State Congress.

4-H State Congress is the premier 4-H event for outstanding 4-H teens and adult volunteer leaders. Its mission is to provide competitive and noncompetitive educational experiences for Virginia teens to help them develop the life skills and leadership abilities needed to become contributing citizens in their communities.

Each year, participants are offered dozens of workshops, showcases, and competitions to take part in during their time at 4-H State Congress. The activities cover topics such as communication and expressive arts, healthy living, leadership, service learning, animal science, and environmental science and outdoor education. Participants customize their experience by choosing to participate in the activities that most interest them.

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Virginia 4-H’ers compete at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Virginia was one of 14 state teams that competed in the 36th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from July 26 – 30, 2015. Teams from Tennessee, New York, and Alabama placed first, second, and third respectively. Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, and West Virginia were also represented at this year’s Invitational.

The invitational was held at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. The event is sponsored by Farm Credit System, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., Society of American Foresters, West Virginia University Extension Service, USDA Forest Service State and Private Southern Region, Southern Region Extension Forestry, American Forest Foundation, and Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

Virginia 4-H Forestry Team standing by Jackson" Mill 4-H Camp sign

The Virginia 4-H Forestry team from left to right: Hunter DeShazo, Damien Prater, R. Darryl Holland (Coach), Jacob Winn, and W. Austin Brinegar

While at the Invitational 4-H members competed for overall team and individual awards in several categories. Events included tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, forest evaluation, the forestry bowl and a written forestry exam.

Virginia was represented by W. Austin Brinegar and Damien Prater both from Spencer, Hunter DeShazo from Ridgeway, and Jacob Winn from Martinsville. The team was coached by R. Darryl Holland from Ridgeway.