Runnels County 4-H Members Excel at Texas 4-H Roundup
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
Food Challenge Team
Team Members - 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
Ben Flanagan – High Point Individual
Avery Flanagan – 4th High Individual
Carly Taubert – 7th High Individual
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
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
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
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.
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.
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