Local 4-H students win state awards at USU gathering

Washington County 4-H students at the University of Utah show off awards won, Logan, Utah, picture undated | Photo courtesy of Washington County 4-H, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Students from Washington County high schools were recently in Logan for the state 4-H contest held at Utah State University. The teens, ranging from grades nine to 12 earned 33 blue ribbons, four state titles and two elected 4-H state positions.

Award winners

  • Pyper Schmutz, Santa Clara — 4-H Favorite Foods Demonstration, contest winner
  • Logan Scoresby, Washington — 4-H Family and Consumer Science Demonstration, contest winner
  • Dalley Spendlove, Virgin — 4-H Horse Demonstration, contest winner
  • Kenadie Terry, Washington, 4-H Favorite Foods Demonstration, contest third place winner

Teen leaders elected to 4-H state officer positions

  • Abbey Bean — Vice President of Citizenship
  • McCade Larsen — Vice President of Science

The 4-H state officers will represent Utah at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., in April 2016 and the national 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, this November.

Newly elected Vice President of Citizenship Bean will attend the national 4-H congress in Atlanta, Georgia in November. Bean said that the convention will teach her how to run her own workshops.

From "What is 4-H" on the University of Utah Extension website | Courtesy of the U of U Extension, St. George News
From “What is 4-H” on the University of Utah Extension website | Courtesy of the U of U Extension, St. George News

“It’s taught me so many things about leadership. I have done so many things that I never thought I would have done,” she said. “It made me step out of my comfort zone, it made me meet new people and see the other side of my life.”

USU Extension Associate Professor Paul Hill said, “I’m very proud of these amazing young men and women and the commitment they have shown to not only excel at a state level, but to work towards improving their leadership skills to becoming our future community leaders and business owner.”

The 4-H program is for youth, ages 8 to 18. While the first thing that comes to many people’s mind when they hear 4-H might be pigs and calves and goats, 4-H offers a variety of opportunities.

“A lot of people think it’s just livestock, but there is so much more,” Laurie Terry, staff assistant for the USU Extension office in St. George said. “There’s sewing, there is art, there’s the STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, there’s robotics, there’s so many aspects of 4-H that help build the children,” Terry said, adding, “It builds character, it creates lifelong memories that teach them to be better adults.”


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