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4-Hers excel at contest

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Register now for 4-H

By Roberta Hunt

As I mentioned in last week’s 4-H News, it’s time for Washington County youth to register for 4-H. Even those who were members last year must fill out a registration form again this year. Most Washington County students have already received a registration form and the remainder will be handed out the first two weeks of September. Anyone needing another form may contact the Washington County Extension Office.

Kentucky 4-H Youth Development has long been identified with building critical life skills, leadership qualities and friendships. 4-H also teaches its members the importance of impacting the community by using the knowledge they have gained through their involvement in the 4-H Youth Development Programs.

In Washington County, project clubs that meet in the evening will be reorganized for new membership in September and October. The 4-H Young Riders will help youth learn about every aspect of working with horses. Their September meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 15. The 4-H Spurs and Furs welcomes youth that are interested in poultry and rabbits. They will be setting their September meeting date soon. The newly formed Livestock Club will be open to youth that like to learn more about cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. Another popular 4-H project club is the 4-H Sharpshooters where youth will learn firearm safety and can choose between archery, rifle and trap disciplines. Their first meeting for new members will be in October. In the spring, 4-H members can sign up for a six to eight week course in sewing.

Throughout the 4-H year, other popular 4-H events and project workshops are held. Several of these activities include a talent show, bowling league, 4-H fashion revue, country ham project, 4-H camp project day camps. This summer the first CSI day camp was held in partnership with neighboring counties and helped participants learn in detail about crime scene investigation. Project workshops allow youth to learn skills such as cooking, quilting, photography, basket making and woodworking.

School enrichment activities conducted in cooperation with classroom teachers include leaf collections, speeches and poetry. School clubs also encourage youth to learn leadership and management skills and club programs often center around topics such as health and nutrition.

High school students can become volunteer leaders in their community while still participating in project clubs. Several conferences geared to helping them develop their leadership skills are offered throughout the 4-H year. Washington County’s 4-H Teen Club will hold their first club meeting on Sept. 19.

Volunteers are needed to expand and offer their expertise to the 4-H program. Interested teen or adults are asked to contact the Extension Office to volunteer.

4-H Youth Development is the Kentucky Cooperative Extension System’s dynamic, educational programming for young people. It is open to all youth from age 9 to 18 regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

4-H SHARPSHOOTERS EXCEL

On Saturday, Aug. 23, members of the Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters competed in the Bullitt County 4-H Shooting Sports Contest held in Mt. Washington. Representing Washing-ton County were Stacia Barr, Stephanie Carey, Derek Barr, Zachary Kelty, Dylan Gribbins, Derrick Gribbins, Bryan Kelty, Matthew Preston, Ryan Kelty, Brandon Kelly, Michael Shelton, Derek Coulter, Zack Carrico, Hunter Edelen, David Austin, Rob Carrico, Will Carrico, Russell Hardin, Matthew Hutchins, Cheyenne Merriman, Trevor Sagrecy, Jordan Simpson, Jesse Smith, Thomas Smith, Chris Warner and Kayla Wimpsatt

In the 22 rifle discipline, winning 3rd place in the 9-11, 22 rifle target discipline was Trevor Sagrecy and winning 3rd in the 15-18 year old, 22 rifle target discipline Rob Carrico.

In the archery discipline, there were several different divisions where Washington members excelled. In 9-11 target, winning 1stplace was Derek Barr. In 12-14 year old target, winning 2nd place was Stacia Barr.

In the barebow division, winning 1stplace in the 9-11 year olds was Michael Shelton. In the 12-14 year olds, Derrick Gribbins won 3rdplace. In the 15-19 year olds, Bryan Kelty won 1st place and Brandon Kelly won 3rd place.

In archery recurve, 1stplace was won by Michael Shelton. In the 15-19 year old division, Bryan Kelty tied for 1st and in a shoot off placed 2nd and Brandon Kelly was 3rd.

In bowhunter, winning 1stplace in the 9-11 year old division was Derek Barr. In the 12-14 year old division, Ryan Kelty was 2nd and in the 15-19 year olds, Derek Coulter was 2ndplace.