Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

4-H’ers show off variety of talents

March 9, 2006

Ethan Johnson, Lansing Middle School student and Boling 4-H Club member, presents a talk on how to get started in beekeeping at Leavenworth County 4-H Day on Feb. 18 at Lansing High School.

Ethan Johnson, Lansing Middle School student and Boling 4-H Club member, presents a talk on how to get started in beekeeping at Leavenworth County 4-H Day on Feb. 18 at Lansing High School.

There aren't always magicians and dog trainers wandering around Lansing High School, but about 150 students exhibited their talents - from project talks to more exotic fare - last month at Leavenworth County 4-H Day.

Beth Hecht, Leavenworth County Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth development, said 4-H Day was an important part of the club's member development.

"This is one of the pillars, I'd say, of 4-H," she said.

The projects, which ranged from model meetings to presentations to instrumental solos, teach 4-H'ers about public speaking and working together, Hecht said.

Students are rated using the Danish system, meaning they compete against a standard rather than against each other. Participants earn a red ribbon for a presentation that met the judge's expectations, a blue ribbon for exceeding expectations and a white for falling short. One or two of the best performances in each category are selected as top blues.

Ethan Johnson, a Lansing Middle School student and member of Boling 4-H club, gave an illustrated talk about his project for the county fair, beekeeping. Ethan brought an empty hive box and wore coveralls as he spoke about how to get into beekeeping.

Before his presentation, Ethan said he wasn't nervous and thought he'd impress the judge if he presented his information confidently.

During the talk, though, Ethan didn't look quite as confident.

"I think I was more nervous in there," he said afterward.

Ethan explained how he learned about beekeeping, what supplies were necessary to keep a hive and how to take care of the hive in the winter. He also assured the judge that he didn't get stung often.

He took home a blue ribbon for effort.

Results of Leavenworth County 4-H Day for Boling, Friendship Valley and Livewires clubs are as follows:

Model Meetings

Blue: Livewires 4-H Club

Red: Boling 4-H Club and Friendship Valley 4-H Club

Project Talks

Top Blue: Victoria Thompson, Boling, and Katie Campbell, Livewires

Red: Abe Buddish, Friendship Valley, and Kenny Campbell, Livewires

Public Speaking

Blue: Kelly Yunghans, Livewires

Red: David Campbell, Livewires, and Shilyn Guthrie, Livewires

Junior Demonstrations

Blue: Ethan Johnson, Boling; Matt Spezia, Boling; Victoria Thompson, Boling; Hadley DeHoff, Friendship Valley; Carl Hecht, Livewires; and Lane Hecht, Livewires

Red: Mary Butler, Friendship Valley

Senior Demonstrations

Red: Hilary Mosbacher, Boling

Piano Solo

Blue: Victoria Thompson, Boling

Red: Sadie Jane Johnson, Boling

Instrumental Solo

Red: Gelia Gardner, Livewires

Vocal Solo

White: Meghan Sullivan, Boling

Reading

Blue: Karisa Garber, Boling, and Aimee Ostermeyer, Friendship Valley

Red: Lane Hecht, Livewires, and Carl Hecht, Livewires

Other Talent

Top Blue: Anna Buddish, Friendship Valley

Blue: Karisa Garber, Boling

Cloverbuds (not rated)

Participant: Colton Findeisen, Boling

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