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Extension office welcomes Fields, Sharpshooters perform well in pair of competitions

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By Roberta Hunt

The Washington County Extension Office would like to welcome summer intern Amber Fields. We look forward to working with her in various 4-H and extension programs. Watch The Springfield Sun for a special series that Amber will be writing over the next several weeks concerning the Food for Kids Backpack program and food insecurity in our area.
Last week was the State 4-H Teen Conference on the University of Kentucky campus. Six teens from Washington County represented our program. Those attending were Gwen Campbell, Wesley Campbell, Aaron Robinson, Seth Robinson, J.P. Cecconi and Jordan Barlow. The featured speaker for the conference was Grant Baldwin, the author of “reality check a student’s guide to the real world.”  During the week, the delegation elected the new state 4-H officers and held the state fashion revue/talent event.
The 4-H Sharpshooters have competed in two competitions since the beginning of the summer. The first was the Spencer County competition on May 19 and then the Washington/Marion Co. Invitational on June 2.  Included this week is a team photo but watch next week for photos of individual award winners.
Spencer County award winners included in 22 rifle were Mason Hamilton placing second in the 9-11 year old category and Ryan Boblitt placing second in the 12-14 year old category. In archery 9-11 barebow, placing first was Bryce Hall. In archery 9-11 recurve placing first was Bryce hall. In 12-14 recurve winning first was Michael Shelton and in 15-19 recurve placing 1st was Derek Barr. In archery 9-11 bowhunter winning third was Matthew Cochran and in 12-14 bowhunter winning third was Michael Shelton.
At the Washington/Marion County Invitational competition, Washington County again came away with several top awards. In archery 9-11 bowhunter, winning first was Matthew Cochran, second was Bryce Hall and third was Hunter Tingle. The three along with Garrett Settles won the second place team award. In  15-19 bowhunter winning first was Derek Barr.  In archery 9-11 recurve winning first was Bryce Hall and second was Madleine Townes. In 12-14 recurve, receiving first was Michael Shelton.
Other team members competing during the two competitions were Amanda DeWitt, Rebecca Reynolds, Jared Mudd, Lance Herald, Avery Black, Derek Howard, Alec Curtsinger, Matthew Carpenter, Garrett Settles, Stephen Mitchell and Alex Townes.
Also coming up will be the results and photos from the 4-H Young Riders State Horse events held on June 14 and 15 in Lexington. The club members are now getting ready for the State 4-H Horse Show to be held June 30 – July 7 at the State Fairgrounds in Louisville.
Congratulations to all of our 4-H members and their achievements during the summer competitions.