Runnels County 4-H Members Excel at Texas 4-H Roundup

Marty Vahlenkamp

Eighteen 4-H members from Runnels County 4-H participated at the 75th Texas 4-H Roundup in College Station, Texas, June 8-10th. Texas 4-H Roundup, the pinnacle event for all of Texas 4-H, welcomed around 1,300 youth to compete in approximately 50 diverse competitions throughout the week.

The contests included both qualifying events, where 4-H members qualified at their county and district contests to compete at the state level, and invitational events. Texas 4-H Roundup was open to senior level, or high school aged, 4-H members only this year. Additionally, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 232 youth.

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The mission of Texas 4-H is to provide meaningful opportunities for all youth to have fun, learn, explore, and discover. While participating in 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders, and form positive attitudes helping them to be capable, responsible, and compassionate members of society. Texas 4-H, as part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, also stands to, through the application of science-based knowledge, create high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.

The Runnels 4-H program is proud of the following youth and teams for their participation and success at Texas 4-H Roundup:

Mason Cave – Ballinger 4-H – Food Show

Kameryn Schwertner – Miles 4-H – Share-The-Fun – Vocal

Payton Branham – Miles 4-H – Healthy Lifestyles Invitational – 7th Place

Payton Branham competed in the Healthy Lifestyles Invitational – 7th Place.

Food Challenge Team

Team Members - Seth Michalewicz – Miles 4-H, Colin Steward – Miles 4-H, Kinsley Riddle- Miles 4-H

Food Challenge Team: Team Menbers - Seth Michalewicz – Miles 4-H, Colin Steward – Miles 4-H, Kinsley Riddle- Miles 4-H

Livestock Skillathon Team – State Champion Team and National Contest Qualifier

Team Members: Avery Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Ben Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Allie Kalina – Miles 4-H, and Carly Taubert – Miles 4-H

Livestock Skillathon Team – State Champion Team and National Contest Qualifier. Team Members: Avery Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Ben Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Allie Kalina – Miles 4-H, and Carly Taubert – Miles 4-H: Individual Placings; Ben Flanagan – High Point Individual; Avery Flanagan – 4th High Individual; Carly Taubert – 7th High Individual

Individual Placings

Ben Flanagan – High Point Individual

Avery Flanagan – 4th High Individual

Carly Taubert – 7th High Individual

Kameryn Schwertner competed with other 4-H'ers in east Texas last week.

Qualifying Livestock Judging Team – 7th High Team Overall, 5th Place Reasons, 2nd – Sheep and Goat

Team Members: Avery Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Trevor Gibbs – Ballinger 4-H, Regan Smithwick – Miles 4-H, and Kyle Vahlenkamp – Miles 4-H

Avery Flanagan competed in multiple events at the recent 4-H competition held in College Station from June 8-10.  Avery Flanagan and Kyle Vahlenkamp were recognized at the scholarship banquet. Each will be receiving $20,000 Texas 4-H Opportunities Scholarships sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for their outstanding 4-H Careers.

Individual Placings

Regan Smithwick – 8th High Individual, 3rd Sheep and Goats, 6th Reasons,

Invitational Livestock Judging Team – Champion Team Overall, 1st Cattle, 3rd – Sheep and Goats

Team Members: Ben Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Allie Kalina – Miles 4-H, and Carly Taubert – Miles 4-H

Invitational Livestock Judging Team – Champion Team Overall, 1st Cattle, 3rd – Sheep and Goats: Team Members: Ben Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Allie Kalina – Miles 4-H, and Carly Taubert – Miles 4-H
Individual Placings:

Allie Kalina – 1st High Individual Overall, 1st Cattle, 4th Swine,
Ben Flanagan – 4th High Individual Overall

Individual Placings

Allie Kalina – 1st High Individual Overall, 1st Cattle, 4th Swine

Ben Flanagan – 4th High Individual Overall

Duds to Dazzle Team – 3rd Place Team Accessory Category

Team Members: Keni Drennan – Ballinger 4-H, Emma Rutledge – Ballinger 4-H, Emma Harrison – Rowena 4-H, Kendall Smith – Ballinger 4-H, Kyleigh Andrews – Ballinger 4-H

Duds to Dazzle Team – 3rd Place Team Accessory Category:
Team Members: Keni Drennan – Ballinger 4-H, Emma Rutledge – Ballinger 4-H, Emma Harrison – Rowena 4-H, Kendall Smith – Ballinger 4-H, Kyleigh Andrews – Ballinger 4-H

In addition to the multiple contest Runnels County 4-H’ers competed in Kyle Vahlenkamp completed his year of service on the Texas 4-H Council. This past year he served as the state Health and Safety Officer.

Kyle Vahlenkamp served on the state 4-H board the state Health and Safety Officer.

One of the highlights of the week included Avery Flanagan and Kyle Vahlenkamp being recognized at the scholarship banquet. Each will be receiving $20,000 Texas 4-H Opportunities Scholarships sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for their outstanding 4-H Careers.

Qualifying Livestock Judging Team – 7th High Team Overall, 5th Place Reasons, 2nd – Sheep and Goat. Team Members: Avery Flanagan – Ballinger 4-H, Trevor Gibbs – Ballinger 4-H, Regan Smithwick – Miles 4-H, and Kyle Vahlenkamp – Miles 4-H. Individual Placings: Regan Smithwick – 8th High Individual, 3rd Sheep and Goats, 6th Reasons.

Texas 4-H Roundup has been held on the campus of Texas A&M University since 1946, therefore making this event the 75th year of Texas 4-H Roundup.

For more information about what all Runnels County 4-H has to offer you may contact the office at 325-365-2219