It is National 4-H Week this week and local 4-H’ers have been doing a good job of representing their organization.
At the Ford County Fair held in Dodge City from July 18 to 22, locals did well compared with previous years. Receiving top honors in livestock were Easton Shenk, Madison Loschke and Briggs Kerr. Grand Drive winners included Taylor Fischer, Braden Draper, Madison Loschke, Easton Shenk, Briggs Kerr, Campbell Martin, Cayden Kerr, Allyson Rudd, Bretta Austin and Charmayne Austin.
Every year the Rock Springs 4-H staff choose leading visual arts projects to be shown at the Rock Springs 4-H Camp for the 2013/2013 4-H year. This year Caleb Deaver’s ceramic buffalo head was chosen.
Charmayne Austin, Monica Blanco and Campbell Martin were Kansas State Fair 4-H Photography Selection winners, and their photos will be part of a permanent and traveling display for the 2013/2014 4-H year. Present at the State Fair were the top five youth from previous contests, who were selected to represent Ford County 4-H at the fair’s Family Consumer Science Judging Contest. Lilly Hornung, Shelby Robertson, Tamara Robertson, Michael Eaton and Tania Blanco all competed in the State Contest.
Additional 4-H’ers who exhibited projects that could be found in the 4-H Centennial Hall were Kendrick Baker, Nicole Brauer, Shaylei Davis, Dakota Derstein, James Eaton, Caleb Fischer, Candace Fry, Alexa Gerdes, Hannah Harrold, Logan Lix, Calder McCollum, Connor McCollum, Kerrstyn Muncy, Dalton Prater, Rachel Robertson, Lauren Schriner, Taylor Tasaka, Heather Trent, Holly Trent and Chambrey Ward.
In celebration of National 4-H Week, Ford County 4-H Clubs decorated the windows of local businesses to raise awareness of the organization. 4-H’ers travel to state and nation-wide events including camps, state fairs, Discovery Days and the National 4-H Conference.
“Youth in 4-H develop citizenship, leadership and life skills while partnering with other youth and caring adults,” Molly Trausch, Ford County 4-H youth development extension agent, said. “4-H provides youth with opportunities to learn new skills in specific areas, like cooking, photography, robotics or woodworking.”
Research has shown that participation in 4-H has a strong positive impact on young people, including areas such as community contribution, healthy behaviors and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs outside of school. In Ford County, 4-H includes over 140 members and 40 volunteers.