4-H’ers show off variety of talents
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:
Blue: Livewires 4-H Club
Red: Boling 4-H Club and Friendship Valley 4-H Club
Top Blue: Victoria Thompson, Boling, and Katie Campbell, Livewires
Red: Abe Buddish, Friendship Valley, and Kenny Campbell, Livewires
Blue: Kelly Yunghans, Livewires
Red: David Campbell, Livewires, and Shilyn Guthrie, Livewires
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
Red: Hilary Mosbacher, Boling
Blue: Victoria Thompson, Boling
Red: Sadie Jane Johnson, Boling
Red: Gelia Gardner, Livewires
White: Meghan Sullivan, Boling
Blue: Karisa Garber, Boling, and Aimee Ostermeyer, Friendship Valley
Red: Lane Hecht, Livewires, and Carl Hecht, Livewires
Top Blue: Anna Buddish, Friendship Valley
Blue: Karisa Garber, Boling
Cloverbuds (not rated)
Participant: Colton Findeisen, Boling