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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.




4-H students honor history while working toward a better future at 2015 State Congress

4-H clover on the Virginia Tech Drillfield

4-H members stand in the organization’s signature clover formation on Virginia Tech’s Drillfield.

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 10, 2015 – More than 500 teens, volunteer leaders, and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents will gather on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus next week for the 95th annual Virginia 4-H State Congress. This year’s theme, “Living the Legacy – 4-H Forever,” draws on the history of 4-H and demonstrates the power of 4-H to assist teens in developing leadership, citizenship, and life skills through hands-on educational programs.

A special guest during the June 15-18 congress is Taylor Ray Holbrook, a singer who competed on the popular TV shows “The Voice” and “American Idol.” Holbrook, a former 4-H’er from Lee County, Virginia, began pursuing a music career after he was seriously injured on the job as a lumberjack. After achieving Internet fame on the social media platform Vine, Holbrook competed on season 14 of “American Idol” and season eight of “The Voice.” Since then, he’s spent time in Nashville writing and recording songs.



Virginia 4-H students place seventh at 2015 National LifeSmarts Competition

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BLACKSBURG, Va., June 1, 2015 – A team of Henrico County 4-H students represented Virginia at the 2015 National LifeSmarts Championship, a national consumer education competition held April 17-20 in Seattle. The game-show style competition tested the team’s knowledge of consumer-related topics such as personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

The 4-H team, called WYSIWYG — an acronym for What You See Is What You Get — is composed of:

  • Joshua Hyde of Henrico County;
  • Stephen Baker of Henrico County;
  • Curtis Cantwell of Henrico County;
  • George Evans of Goochland County; and
  • Emily Royster of Louisa County.