Pike County 4-H’ers win competitions honors
Published 3:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Pike County 4-H County Competition produced winners in programs from woodworking to cake baking and from public speaking to photography.
Health Wesley, Pike County Extension coordinator, said a total of 168 projects in different programs were entered during the year and first through third place ribbons were award at the county competition held at the Pike County Extension office last week.
“The first and second place winners are now eligible to compete in the district competitions to be held in June at Troy University. District winners will compete in the state competition,” Wesley said. “We congratulate all the winners in the county competition and we know they will represent Pike County well at the district competition. We also congratulate all of our 4-H’ers who participated in the different projects during the year.”
The winners in the “What Wood You Build” wood project were: Clifton Culpepper, first place, sixth grade, Banks School; Abigail Taylor, second place, fourth grade, Troy Elementary; and Hunter Kelly third place, fifth grade, Troy Elementary.
“Speak Up Alabama” Public Speaking Junior Division first place winner was Janyia King, fourth grade, Troy Elementary. Amber Shirley, 12th grade home school, took first place honors in the senior division of the Public Speaking competition.
Amber Shirley also took first place honors in the $15 Challenge in which the competitors put together an outfit from a thrift store that carried a price tag of $15 or less.
In Baked Food/Cake competition, Katie Boseman, sixth grader, Troy Elementary took first place honors. Harleigh Boseman, fourth grade, Troy Elementary also took first place in the cake competition.
In the Block Rock competition, Sebastian Poppell, sixth grader at Pike County Elementary, took first place. Mary Dunn, fourth grader at Troy Elementary, was in second place and Caden Ernest, fourth grade, Troy Elementary was third.
Three fourth-grade students at Pike Liberal Arts School took all three top spots in the Extreme Birdhouse project. Addie Renfroe took first place honors with Emily Price in second place and Ava Leverett in third place.
Alex Park, a fourth-grader at Troy Elementary School, was the winner in “The World I Imagine” project.
Troy Elementary School fifth-grader Briann Snyder, won first place in “The World I See” photography competition. Two TES fourth-graders took the other top spots, with Emily Carlson in second place and Addie Adler, third.
Wesley said the Pike County 4-H program, which has 1,126 participants in the in-school, after-school and specialty clubs, is in a building process and great strides are being made in generating interest in the many programs offered.
“Participating in these programs and competitions involves 4-H’ers in speaking and interactions with judges and improves their life skills,” Wesley said.
Joining Wesley on the Pike County Extension team are Emily Rolling, 4-H Foundation agent; CeCe Lotierzo, 4-H agent assistant and Ryan May, administrative support coordinator.