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Results of the 4-H Talk Meet & Variety Show

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By Cathy Toole

The Henry County 4-H Talk Meet and Variety Show was held on March 23 at the Henry County Cooperative Extension Service.  The evening began with junior division speeches which are broken down by the 4-Hers ages. 

In the 11-year-old category, Katherine Buckler gave a speech on her participation in cross country and received a blue and champion.  In the 12-year-old category Jakob Beckley gave a speech entitled “The Rich Get Richer and Poor Get Poorer” based on the costs to the United States to befriend countries around the world with military support and catastrophic aid relief.  Jakob received a red ribbon.  Colt McGuire was also in the 12-year-old category gave a speech on “Foaling” based on the stages a mare goes through during the birthing process. Colt received a blue and champion.  In the 14-year-old category Renee Toole’s speech was titled “One Nation Under God” based on her thoughts as to why the American family and children are struggling.  Renee received a blue and champion.

Demonstrations followed the speech competition.  The ages are broken down differently for the demonstration contest in that there are two divisions.  The junior division is for youth ages 9 to 13 and senior division is for teens ages 14 to 19.  Within the divisions there are nine categories for topics.  In the junior division Jakob Beckley gave a cooking demonstration on making a “Breakfast Sandwich.”  Jakob received a blue and champion.  Kellyn Smith gave a demonstration on how to “Weave Potholders” in the craft category.  Kellyn received a red and champion ribbon.  Bella Mann gave a demonstration on the steps she took to redecorate her bedroom in the home environment category.  Bella received a red and champion.  Kendyll Smith demonstrated how to make “Pinch Pots” in the general category and she received a blue and champion.  Katherine Buckler used the technology category to demonstrate how to knit; she received a red and champion.  In the senior division Caeleb Smith showed us his robot he made through the FIRST Robotics competition in the Science, Engineering and Technology category.  Caeleb received a red and champion.

The 4-H Variety Show followed with junior vocalist.  Whitney Rodgers sang “Firework” and received a red ribbon.  Faith Lee sang to “Jesus Take the Wheel” and received a red ribbon.  Bella Mann performed to “Bubbly” and received a red ribbon.  Aubrey Wirth sang “Tattoo” and received a blue and champion.  In senior vocalist Renee Toole sang “Strong Enough” and received a blue and champion.  In junior instrumental Gabe Hughes played the piano to “When the Saints Go Marching In”, in which he received a blue and champion.  In junior physical skills Maray Baker and Savannah Medley performed a tumbling routine and received a blue, Kellyn Smith and Kendyll Smith performed a contemporary dance to “Fireflies” and received blue and champion.  Katherine Buckler performed a dance to “Spring for Vivaldi” and she received a blue ribbon.  The judges were asked to pick the best two performances of the evening to go on to the District No. 3 event.  The two acts chosen were:  Renee Toole, Kendyll and Kellyn Smith.