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2016- 17 Leon County 4-H Youth Development Report

4-H is the youth development program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 2016- 17 has been an outstanding year for Leon County 4-H!! This year has also brought the Leon County Extension office back to a full staff. Joining County Extension Agents Richard Parrish (Agriculture & Natural Resources) and Laura Petty (4-H & Youth Development) and Office Manager Jofran Edwards was Kim Brown as County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences in December 2016.

4-H Clubs

• 365 (2.5% increase from 2015-16) youth enrolled in 5 4-H clubs in Leon County this year

• Members are in grades 3-12

• Clubs meet monthly for business meetings, educational programs, and recreation, and to conduct community service activities

• Clubs are led by officers elected from the youth membership

• 45 (18.4% increase from 2015-16) screened and cleared 4-H adult volunteer leaders who provide guidance and support to these 4-H members

• Beyond monthly 4-H meetings, members are involved in a variety of projects, some of the most popular of which are:

• livestock projects such as swine, beef, rabbit and goat

• food and nutrition

• shooting sports

• photography

• During their projects, 4-H members participate in learning experiences, teach and lead others, provide community service, and exhibit their project work

• Trained a team of 5 4-H teens to serve as 4-H Agriculture Advocates

• Concluded the 4-H year with the 4-H Awards Banquet on July 31st; highlights include: - Friend of 4-H Awards to Carter Services, Mr.

Mitchell Pate and Mr. Gilbert Garcia - Special 4-H Awards to Annika Stevens, Zoie Stevens, Nathan Barrett, Caroline Dudley, Travis Barrett and Quannah Dudley.

Leon County Well-Represented at District and State Levels

• 125 local 4-H members participated in various district and state 4-H contests and activities

• 16 4-H record books were submitted this year, 14 of which qualified for district with 8 placing in the top 3 of their respective categories including a state-qualifying book Texas 4-H Roundup:

• Rifle Match (on June 3rd) - team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 12th place

• Ag Product ID (invitational) - Senior team of Justin McGuire, Skylar Parrish, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 10th place

• Livestock Skill-a-thon (invitational) - Nathan Barrett participated as a Senior

• Fashion Show - Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in Construction Theatre/ Costume and qualified for the national contest

• Archery (invitational) - Madeleine Phillips was 9th in Intermediate Compound Aided and Adriana

de la Garza took 7th in Intermediate Barebow

• Food Challenge - team of Chelsea Harter, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor placed 10th in Fruit and Vegetable

• Healthy Lifestyles (invitational) - Justin McGuire was part of a multi-county Intermediate team that placed 8th, and he was 6th high point individual

• Livestock Judging (invitational) - Senior team of Nathan Barrett, McKinzie Hamilton, Zoie Stevens and Justin Vann earned 5th place and Annika Stev ens also participated as an Intermediate

• Photography - Megan Green brings home a blue ribbon with her Landscape picture

• Texas 4-H Scholarships - Charlee Cockrell and Natalie Freeman each received $20,000 scholarships from Houston Stock Show and Candace McGuire was awarded a $10,000 Wallrath scholarship

• James Rodell served as an officer for the 2016-17 District 4-H Council, and represented District 8 4-H on the Texas 4-H Council

• Nathan Barrett was elected to the 2017-18 District 4-H Council, and was selected as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador while Chelsea Harter was selected as a Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles


School Enrichment and Special Interest

• Compared to 4-H club involvement, school enrichment programs are short-term experiences led by classroom teachers

• Hundreds of local youth were involved in a variety of 4-H curriculum enrichment activities including:

• 4-H2O water education programs conducted at 4 schools helped students better understand the water cycle and aquifers as well as how they can protect and conserve water (276 participants)

• As part of the Leon County Health Fair, all Leon County 6th graders rotated through several 20-minute sessions that helped them recognize potential hazards and make safe choices (350 participants)

• The Ag Fair program, a joint effort with Farm Bureau, demonstrated agriculture’s impact on our daily lives (239 participants)

• The Hatching in the Classroom program was conducted at 2 schools, teaching students about embryology and life cycles (161 participants)

• Worked with community partners to conduct 5 Kids Camps involving 77 youth

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