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Hays County 4-H members recently competed in county and district 4-H contests.  Picture here are 4-H’ers who participated in County 4-H Roundup and Clothing Contests.  Many of them also advanced to district 4-H contests.  Pictured from left to right are Sydnee Bennet, Rebekah McDaniel, Bryan O’Banon, Rachel McDaniel, Rebekah O’Banon, Madison Hawkins, Arielle Wortham, Priscilla Ruiz, Ashley Wortham and Joseph Niňo.

Local 4-H’ers shine at district contests

From Staff Reports

4-H members from across Hays County competed against 21 other counties during District 4-H Roundup and Clothing Contests on Saturday, May 3 in Lockhart. Contests included educational presentations, public speaking, share the fun, quiz bowls, Fashion Show, Fashion Storyboard and Textile Show.
Madison Hawkins and Rachel McDaniel qualified for state during these contests. Madison placed first in Open-Ag/Natural Resources Educational Presentation with “Game of Drones,” and won the Sweekstakes Award. Rachel placed second in Open-General Educational Presentation with “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Rachel also won the Fashion Show Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25.
Several others from Hays County 4-H also competed. Rebekah McDaniel and Priscilla Ruiz placed first and second, respectively, in Companion Animal Education Presentation.
Rebekah also won the Fashion Show Construction Re-Fashion category. Rebekah O’Banon won the Open-Family & Consumer Sciences Educational Presentation. Arielle Wortham and Ashley Wortham placed second and third, respectively, in Horse Educational Presentation. Araya Feeney placed first in Share the Fun Vocal.
Special thanks to Becky Hawkins, Rhonda Covarrubias, Mikayla Wenzel and Dawn McDaniel for serving as judges during the district contests.
Other local 4-H’ers have qualified for state-level contests and awards, and will be participating in Texas 4-H Roundup, which takes place June 9-12 at Texas A&M University in College Station.  Photos by Brittany Krenek and Eamon Decker qualified and will compete in the Texas 4-H Photography Contest.  
Rachel McDaniel and Frank Linam are up for Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarships with amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.  
Roundup includes most state-level qualifying contests, numerous invitational contests, workshops, recognition assemblies, trade show and dances.  
Qualifying contests are limited to 4-H’ers age 14-19. All other events are open to youth ages 11-19 and 4-H adult volunteers. 4-H members and volunteers are reminded to register for Texas 4-H Roundup on 4-H Connect by May 17.

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