4-H members participate in state communications day

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By Roberta Hunt

State 4-H Communications Day was held on Saturday, July 9 on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.  Hundreds of 4-H members from across the state participated in the event that included public speaking and demonstrations.  
To be eligible for the state event, 4-Her’s must first qualify on the county level and then compete on the district level.  Counties are broken into seven districts.  District champions from each speech and demonstration category are then qualified to advance to the state competition held each year on the UK campus.
Representing Washing-ton County and District 5 this year were Elizabeth Riley and McKenzie Dean.  Elizabeth, the daughter of Brandon Riley and Christina Riley competed in the 9 year old category and McKenzie Dean, the daughter of Rodney and Jennifer Dean competed in the 11 year old category.  Both 4-H members received blue ribbons.  Congratulations to both for their accomplishments.
The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters participated in the District 4 Shooting Sports events on June 26 and July 9.  The June 26thevent took place in Mercer County and included 22 rifle and .22 pistol events.  The following are the results of the days’ events. In the .22 Rifle - Target competition in the 9-11-year-old division- Robbie Baker won 1st place and Gabe Allen took 3rd place.  In the 12-14-year-old division – Andrew Flowers won 1st place, Matthew Hutchins won 2nd place and Dylan Catlett won 3rd place. In the 15-18 year old division – Russell Hardin won 1st place, Chris Warner won 2nd place and Don Kelly Flowers won 3rd place.  Also participating were Avery Black, Trey Mudd, Daniel Eager, Mason Hamilton, Ryan Boblitt, Jesse Smith, Thomas Smith, Patrick Flowers and Kayla Wimpsett.
In the .22 Rifle – Sport competition, the results are as follows. In the 12-14 Year old division – Andrew Flowers  won 1st place.  Also participating were Avery Black, Trey Mudd, Robbie Baker,Daniel DeWitt, Daniel Eager, Mason Hamilton, Gabe Allen, Chris Warner, Russell Hardin, Don Kelly Flowers, Ryan Boblitt, Jesse Smith, Dylan Catlett, Thomas Smith, Patrick Flowers, Kayla Wimpsett, and Matthew Hutchins.  
Also winning the overall .22 rifle award for the day was Andrew Flowers.
In the .22 Pistol competition, participants were Andrew Flowers, Patrick Flowers, Thomas Smith, Matthew Hutchins, Jesse Smith, Kayla Wimpsett, Russell Hardin and Chris Warner.
The trap and archery competitions were held on Saturday, July 9thin Madison County.  In the
15-18 year old trap division,  Stephanie Carey won 3rdplace.  Also participating were Stephen Mitchell and Alex Townes.
In the Long/Recurve Bow competition, in the 9-11-year old division - Bryce Hall won 1st place and in the 12-14-year old division – Alex Townes won 1st place. Also participating in other archery disciplines were: Ryan Boblitt and Amanda DeWitt.
Congratulations to all of the club members for an outstanding event.