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County Represented at State 4-H Achievement Days

Posted: August 24, 2015

Fifteen Indiana County 4-H members recently attended State 4-H Achievement Days at Penn State University. This event brought together over 600 4-H members from across the state to compete in judging, communications, and skillathon contests. The county delegation returned home with a first place individual, a second place team, and several other individual awards.
Erin Pierce, a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Club, placed first in the junior hippology contest at State 4-H Achievement Days.  She is pictured with Dr. Christy Bartley, State 4-H Program Leader.

Erin Pierce, a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Club, placed first in the junior hippology contest at State 4-H Achievement Days. She is pictured with Dr. Christy Bartley, State 4-H Program Leader.

First place individual

Erin Pierce represented the county in junior hippology, bringing home a first place individual award.

Second place team

The junior dairy judging team placed second in the state contest with participants Bobby Livingston, fourth place individual; Madison Cattau, sixth place individual, and Brett Abrams eighth place individual. This team was coached by Andrew Sandeen and Bertha Ackerson, with assistance from Jordan London.

Individual places

Engineering events: Marshall Richardson placed fifth in skid steer driving and fifth in compact tractor driving.

Senior livestock judging: Molly Zona and Zachery Edwards competed, with Zachery placing tenth in the individual contest.

Livestock skillathon: Katie Swauger brought home a fourth place ribbon.

Presentations: Morgan Knox placed fifth in the animal science division.

Competitive questing: Alexis McConnell and Teresa Shields represented the county.

State fashion revue: the county had four participants. April Flowers, Katelyn Kennedy, Kelsey Kennedy, and Abigail Bruner modeled their outfits they designed and created. They were assisted by leaders Anne Shannon and Liz Buterbaugh.

Small animal essay contest: Kirsten Parys earning second place in the junior division.

Chaperones for the event were 4-H leaders Connie Bruner and Lori Richardson, Extension Summer Assistant Mary Ann Ostach, and Extension Educator Carol Schurman.

This state event also featured “Amp It Up!,” a 4-H service project, which involved making fleece blankets for shelters and veterans' homes, dog and cat toys for animal shelters, Shoebox Recycling, and assembling "Back-To-School" backpacks for distribution to children of deployed service men and women. Indiana County shared some of those items with Four Footed Friends, the Indiana County Humane Society, and ICAAP.