Twenty-five Indiana County 4-H members recently attended State 4-H Achievement Days at Penn State University. This event brought together more than 600 4-H members from across the state to compete in judging, communications and skillathon contests. The county delegation returned home with three individual winners and several other high individual and team awards.
In communication contests, Jesse Isenberg took first place with his plant science presentation, “Tree Identification.” Elizabeth Conroy received a red award for her public speech.
In engineering events, Garrett Richardson placed first in compact tractor driving, and Bill McConnell placed third. Richardson also placed first overall in skid steer, with Amanda Brubaker placing second. Bill McConnell also placed fifth in large tractor driving.
The senior hippology team took second place, with team member Paige Henry placing fifth overall out of nearly 50 contestants. Other team members were Angela Moretti, 11th; Lauren Overdorff, 13th, and Emily Vojtek, 15th, with all winning blue merit ribbons. This team can now attend the national hippology contest at Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. In junior hippology, Kelsey Henry placed fifth overall, receiving a red merit.
In Canine Super Bowl, Mary Ann Ostach placed third with a red merit and led the Indiana team to second place.
Two junior livestock judging teams represented the county. The seventh-place team consisted of Zach Edwards, fifth place blue merit; Garret Gardner, white merit; and Kaitlyn Glatt, white merit. A second team placed eighth. Mariah Edgell placed seventh and received a blue merit. Other team members were Katherine Swauger and Alexandra Swauger, who both received white merits. These teams were coached by Amy Olson Lowmaster and Amanda Kanouff.
Junior dairy judging participants were Sarah McConnell, 11th place white merit, and Madison Cattau, 12th place white merit.
Justin Spicher won a red merit in junior shotgun competition. He was coached by William and Evan Farmery.
In competitive questing, Teresa Shields placed third overall with a blue merit, and Alexis McConnell placed seventh with a blue merit. Marshall Richardson and Katelin Olson participated in the noncompetitive questing. Nichele Olson participated in the science symposium.
Several members also competed in other communication contests associated with this event. Marshall Richardson, Garrett Richardson, Abigail Bruner and Elizabeth Bruner all received white merits in the photography contest. In the small animal essay contest, Elizabeth Bruner placed third in her age division.
Jesse Isenberg was also one of 12 delegates to be selected for the State 4-H Council and was named vice president of operations.
Chaperones for the event were Extension Summer Assistants Kelsey Isenberg and Katie Mehalik, 4-H leader Todd Fulton and Extension Educator Carol Schurman.
This state event also featured “Amp It Up!”, a 4-H service project that involved making fleece blankets for shelters and veterans’ homes, dog toys for animal shelters, birthday packs for displaced children or families, and assembling “Back-To-School” backpacks for distribution to children of deployed service members.