Grass ID, horse judging teams fair well

Cheryl Walker
Extension Agent

Milam County 4-H Plant Identification teams made a big impression at the Coryell County Grass I.DD. contest on Jan. 8. Senior and junior teams took first and second place in both divisions.

In the junior division, Patrick Cobb, Kaylee Jackson, Kelton Hooker and Chandler Barton placed first, while Rebecca Kostroun, Kassidy Hundle, Heath Hollas and Neejai Bhakta placed second. Individual awards were received by the following: Patrick Cobb, first place; Kaylee Jackson, second; Kelton Hooker, third.

In the senior division, Taylor McWilliams, Devin Fisher and Karl Woelfel placed first , while Collin Kostroun, Cheyenne McWilliams, Hailee Fisher and Madeline Kostroun placed second. Individual awards were received by the following: Taylor McWilliams, first; Devin Fisher, second; Karl Woelfel, third.

Congratulations to the 4-Hers and leaders on a great job. Irby McWilliams, David Kostroun and Jay Beckhusen work with the plant I.D. teams along with the parents of team members.

HORSE JUDGING DEBUT– A newly formed 4-H horse judging team won fourth place at the Montgomery County Horse Judging contest. This was the first contest for the team of Gracen Dach, Darci Denio, Emily Graham and Jale Walzel.

Gracen also received sixth place high individual in halter and 10th place individual overall. The team is coached by Monica Barton.

RECORD BOOK TR AINGrass ING–Why should 4-Hers keep records on their 4-H activities? 4-H record book contests are one way 4-Hers receive recognition for their accomplishments. Senior 4-Hers also have an easier time completing scholarship applications when they have 4-H record book information on community service, leadership and other accomplishments organized on a yearly basis.

On Jan. 31, the annual 4-H record book Training will be conducted from 6-6:45 p.m. at the New Salem Building at Rockdale’s Fair Park. The training will let 4-Hers, leaders and parents view sample record books and go through a step by step illustration of a record book.

BEING AN OFFICER–Build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills as a member of the county 4-H council. Any 4-Her 12 to 18 years of age can be a Milam County 4-H council member and run for office, but they must submit a council officer and voting delegate form by Jan. 31. The form was sent in the December newsletter, but it is also available on the county website and at the extension office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron.

Submit your form to become a voting delegate and possible officer. The council has members from 4-H clubs across the county. They meet six times a year to coordinate the county 4-H program with the support of club managers and leaders.

JANUARY MEETING–Mark your calendar for the Monday, Jan. 31 council and youth board meetings at the New Salem Building at Fair Park. The meetings will follow the annual record book training. The meetings are open to club representatives, 4- Hers 12 to 18 years of age, club managers and leaders.

Youth Board meeting– 6:45 p.m.; major items of business for the Youth Board will be the discussion of the Celebration Event and setting of the 2011 4-H budget.

County Council meeting–7:30 p.m., council will vote of the 2011 4-H budget and set the Celebration Event for 2011. A new contest “Leaders 4 Life” will be explained and used as a leadership training for council members. The contest stresses parliamentary procedure skills to make strong leaders.

SHOOTING SPORTS–Milam County 4-H Shooting Sports club will be meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the New Salem Building at the Rockdale Fairgrounds.

The shooting sports project is open to 4-Hers in third grade and up, but a parent must attend the meetings with the 4-Her. The club managers and certified leaders conduct the safety and target activities. For more information, contact extension office, 254- 697-7045.

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