4-H youths

Wayne County 4-H teens were named the winners of the second Pennsylvania 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge, hosted by Penn State Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, after competing amongst more than 40 4-H youths from throughout the commonwealth in grades six through 12.

“The Pennsylvania 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge offers youth throughout the commonwealth the opportunity to discover solutions to real challenges being faced in their communities and the agriculture industry,” said Dr. Joshua Rice, assistant program director for Penn State Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development program. “This program helps equip youth with invaluable skills needed to prepare them for careers in the food and agriculture field.”

The first-place overall team was from Wayne County with the presentation “Agricultural Safety Device.” Each member of the team received a $1,000 scholarship towards further education and/or training beyond high school.

The second-place overall team from Armstrong County, named the Armstrong Idea Makers, with their presentation “The Smart Lamp — A Controllable Heat Lamp.” The team members included Laurie Enders, Jachob Haines, Aliana Leasure and Donald Neese. Each member of the team received a $750 scholarship towards further education and/or training beyond high school.

Placing third overall was a team from Indiana County with their presentation, “The Keystone Clover Kitchen.” The team members included Elizabeth Bruner, John Clark Bruner, Andrea Davis and Ryan Fabin. Each member of the team received a $500 scholarship towards further education and/or training beyond high school.

In addition, the Keystone Clover Kitchen team received the Community Engagement Award, with each member of the team receiving a $100 scholarship and a reimbursement of their registration fee. This award was focused on the team’s community outreach and communications efforts. The teams were scored using a tabulation system based upon completing the following: print article in newspaper; print article in non-newspaper publication; picture in newspaper; public service announcement and news release; radio interview; questionnaire; social media video; and face to face presentations.

The Science of Agriculture Challenge included a new award this year for the top placing team from the research poster session. This was an opportunity for the teams to share their findings in a different platform. The winning team this year was from Cambria County named Team Calfway. The team received $50 to defray the cost of the materials, as well as reimbursement of their registration fee.

The Pennsylvania 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge engages youths in navigating opportunities in Pennsylvania’s food and agriculture industry and workforce.