Washington County 4-H was well represented this year at the State 4-H Communications Day event held on July 14 on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. This year, four Washington County 4-H members qualified to advance to the state level of the speech competition. All four first won their age divisions on the school, county and then district levels to earn the opportunity to compete at state.
Winning the state championship in the 12-year-old division was Emily Cox, the daughter of Phillip and Chrystal Cox. Emily’s speech title was “Me Versus You.” Emily will be an eighth grader at North Washington Elementary. This was her third time to advance to state competition and her first top win.
In the nine-year-old category was Kara Greenwell, whose speech title was “Twins for Life.” Kara just completed the fourth grade, and competed in the public speaking program for the first time, winning a blue ribbon. Kara is the daughter of Rick and Margaret Greenwell.
In the 11-year-old category, 4-H member William Thompson received third-place overall. Thompson’s speech title was “Hello Pepper.” William will be a sixth grader at Washington County Middle School and he is the son of Tina Thompson.
Winning third place in the 13-year-old category was Aaron Robinson, the son of Bill and Angela Robinson. Aaron’s speech was “Can You Be Too Blue?” and was about his aunt being an avid UK fan. Robinson will be a freshman at Washington County High School this fall.
Congratulations to all of the 4-H members and to all of the parents and teachers who helped the members prepare for the 4-H Talk Meet program this past year. Many hours of hard work went for writing, preparing and presenting the speeches.
Ky. state fair
It’s hard to believe, but the Kentucky State Fair is right around the corner. Washington County 4-Her’s are working hard to finalize their projects and show animals. Anyone wishing to qualify horticulture projects for 4-H competition at the state fair should bring them to the extension office on Friday, Aug. 10 between 8 a.m. and noon. Judging will take place in the afternoon and 4-Her’s can check in after school between 3-4:30 p.m. to see what projects qualified for the state fair. Champion exhibits will be held over to go for state fair judging on Monday, Aug. 13 and all other exhibits can be picked up on the 10th. For a listing of horticulture classes or for questions about the Aug. 10 judging, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.
Watch for a complete listing of Kentucky State Fair 4-H events where Washington County 4-Her’s will be competing.