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4-H and Youth Development
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Barton County 4-H Day was held Saturday, Feb. 19 at Hoisington High School. 4-H Club members  participated in public presentations, talent and the music division.
The top blues from six surrounding counties will advance to the Regional 4-H Day on Friday, March 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Great Bend Middle School. Although the competition is much tougher at Regional, the goal is still the same.  4-H Day gives members an opportunity to share their talents. In addition to developing public presentation skills, they also get to meet other members from other counties. 
In the project talk division, the top two winners were Dalton Dicks and Brice Kaiser, Busy Buzzers. First alternate blue was Audrey Likes, Great Bend City Slickers and second alternate blue was Cal Kaiser, Busy Buzzers.
The blue ribbon winner was Heather Schneider, TLC Twisters.
Isaac Mountain, Ellinwood Engergizers, Sam McGinnis, Sharp Shooters, and Jacenda Gilbert, TLC Twisters, received a red ribbon placing.
In Junior Demonstrations, Mikey and Zeb Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers, were the top blue winners. First alternate blue was Sarah Frakes, Ellinwood Energizers, and Payton Mauler, Busy Buzzers was second alternate top blue.
Other participants in the junior demonstrations with blue ribbon placings were: Kayleigh Bitter and Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets, Jade Mountain, Elizabeth Frakes and Alexa Straub, Ellinwood Energizers, and Morgan Kaiser and Robert Frizell, TLC Twisters.
Katherine Hicks, Busy Buzzers, Jordan Mountain, Ellinwood Engerizers and Matthew Mayers, Hoisington Jets received a red ribbon rating.
The Show and Share division is for younger members who would like to give a presentation but not be as concerned with the formal guidelines. Matthew Hicks and Aubrey Snapp, Busy Buzzers, Luke Wondra, Ellinwood Energizers, J.J and Damon Luerman, Isabelle Mayers, Hoisington Jets and Jacenda Gilbert, TLC Twisters, participated in the show and share division.
In the Senior Demonstration division, Hannah Mauler, Busy Buzzers, and Cody Wondra, Ellinwood Energizers, received the top blue placings. Anthony Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, was 1st Alternate Blue. Shiani Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers, was 2nd Alternate Blue.
In Public Speaking, Jenna Snell, Ellinwood Energizers, received top blue. Kayla Reisner, Hoisington Jets, received a red.
In Extemporaneous speaking, Dustin Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders and Bonny Boultinghouse, TLC Twisters, received top blues.  1st alternate blue was Shiani Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers.  Desmond Noah, Hoisington Jets, received a red ribbon.
In the music performance room, Anthony Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, received top blue on his piano solo. Elizabeth Frakes, Ellinwood Energizers, was 1st alternate blue and BrayLynn Anshutz, Busy Buzzers, was 2nd alternate blue. Konner and Keely Ireland, Busy Buzzers, tied for 3rd alternate blue. Other piano solos with blue ribbon ratings were presented by BreAnn Anshutz, Katherine Snapp, and Kelli Hall, Busy Buzzers, Jade and Jordan Mountain, Breckyn and Brynna Rowley, Sarah and Emily Frakes, and Sarah Hammeke, Ellinwood Energizers, Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, and Anna Frizell and Morgan Kaiser, TLC Twisters.
Those receiving red ribbons were Katherine and Mathew Hicks, Busy Buzzers, Isaac Mountain from Ellinwood Energizers; and Jacenda Gilbert, TLC Twisters.
Katherine Snapp, Busy Buzzers, received top blue in vocal solo, with Elizabeth Frakes, Ellinwood Energizers, receiving 1st alternate blue and Betsy Snell, Ellinwood Energizers, receiving a red ribbon.
Dustin Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, received a top blue for instrumental solo.
Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, received 1st alternate blue. Elizabeth Frakes, Ellinwood Energizers, received 2nd alternate blue. Brinttain Noah,  Hoisington Jets, received a blue ribbon.
Jade Mountain, Ellinwood Energizers, received a red ribbon.
An instrumental ensemble presented by Sarah Frakes, Breckyn Rowley and Jade  Mountain, Ellinwood Energizers,  received top blue. Kayleigh Bitter and Roni Reames, Hoisington Jets, and Michael McMahon and Brinttain Noah, Hoisington Jets, received reds for their instrumental ensembles.
Kathryn and Aubrey Snapp, Busy Buzzers, received a top blue for their vocal ensemble.
In the talent room, Mikey Hughes, Ellinwood Engerizers, received top blue on her junior reading, with Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets, receiving 1st Alternate Blue.  Second alternate blue went to Emily Frakes, Ellinwood Energizers. Receiving a blue ribbons were Zeb Hughes,
Ellinwood Energizers, Damon and J.J. Luerman, Hoisington Jets. Jacenda Gilbert, TLC Twisters, received a red ribbon.
In the senior reading division, top blue placing went to Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders, 1st alternate blue went to Shiani Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers, 2nd alternate blue to Kayla Reisner, Hoisington Jets. Nicole Likes, Great Bend City Slickers and Tiffany Schneider, Hoisington Jets, received reds.
The novelty or stunt division always has very creative talent. Hoisington Jets 4-H Club received top blue. Kayla Reisner and Tiffany Schneider, Hoisington Jets, received 1st Alternate Blue.
Hoisington Jets members received a Top Blue on their skit; with Bonny Boultinghouse, TLC Twisters, receiving 1st Alternate Blue. 2nd alternate blue went to TLC Twisters 4-H Club.
Busy Buzzers 4-H Club and Karly Brungardt, Parker Smith, and Molly Kaiser, TLC Twisters, received a red for their group skit.
In the other dance category, Bonny Boultinghouse, TLC Twisters, received Top Blue for her tap dance. Kayleigh Bitter, Hoisington Jets, and Heather Schneider of TLC Twisters, received first alternate blue with their group dance. Bonny Boultinghouse, TLC Twisters, received 2nd alternate blue for her ballet dance.
4-H Day is a very important event because of the skills the members learn and are willing to share with the public. We have invited talent participants to share their presentation at community events and at the Barton County Fair. If your organization would like to have a 4-H member give an award winning presentation at a meeting, please contact the Extension Office and we will put you in contact with the leaders or parents.