4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!
The Show and Share division is for younger members who would like to give a presentation and share what they have learned but not be as concerned with the formal guidelines. Kylie McCormick and Josephine McCormick from Busy Buzzers 4-H Club and Nicle Rziha from the Great Bend City Slickers participated in the show and share division.
In the project talk division, Mathew Hicks was the top winner. In Junior Demonstrations, Alexa Straub, Ellinwood Energizers and Dalton Dicks, Busy Buzzers, were the top two winners and will represent Barton County at Regional 4-H Day. First alternate blue was Tate Martin and second alternate was Woodson Corbett both from Ellinwood Energizers 4-H Club. Other participants in the junior demonstrations with blue ribbons were Gus Corbett, Ellinwood Energizers and Aiden Noblitt and Parker Lewis, Hoisington Jets.
In the Senior Demonstration and Illustrated Talks division, Luke Wondra, Ellinwood Energizers and Ryan Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders received the top two ratings. Morgan Kaiser, TLC Twisters 4-H Club was first alternate blue. Second alternate blue was Kayleigh Bitter, Hoisington Jets. Receiving blue ribbons were Heather Schneider, TLC Twisters, Payton Mauler, Busy Buzzers, Molly Kaiser, TLC Twisters and Katherine Hicks, South Bend Jolly Workers.
In Public Speaking, Betsy Snell, Ellinwood Energizers and Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders received the top placing and will complete at regional. Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets was the first alternate blue.
In Extemporaneous speaking, senior members draw for a topic and have ten minutes to prepare a speech on that topic. Hannah Mauler and BreAnn Anshutz both from Busy Buzzers received top regional placings. Heather Schneider, TLC Twisters received first alternate top blue. Payton Mauler, Busy Buzzers received second alternate top blue. Brinttain Noah, Hoisington Jets and BrayLynn Anshutz, Busy Buzzers received blue ratings. Ryan Niles, Ellinwood Energizers received a red rating.
In the music performance room, BreAnn Anshutz, Busy Buzzers received the top blue rating in piano solo. First alternate blue was BrayLynn Anshutz, Busy Buzzers and second alternate was Sarah Hammeke, Ellinwood Energizers. Other piano solos with blue ribbon ratings were Erin Hammeke, Lily Hoskins, and Grace Hoskins all from Ellinwood Energizers. Kyle Rziha, Great Bend City Slickers and Kylie and Haley McCormick, Busy Buzzers received red ribbon ratings.
Alivia Bautista from Eureka Homesteaders received a top blue rating with a vocal solo.
Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders received the top blue rating with her instrumental solo. First alternate was Dalton Dicks, Busy Buzzers and second alternate was Alivia Bautista, Eureka Homesteaders. Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets; Grace Hopkins, Ellinwood Energizers and Haley McCormick, Busy Buzzers received a red rating.
In the talent division Landon Woydziak, Hoisington Jets received top blue on his junior reading. Dathan Proffitt, Eureka Homesteaders received first alternate blue and Lily Hoskins, Ellinwood Energizers was second alternate. Gabby Reif, Hoisington Jets, received a blue ribbon rating.
In the senior reading division, top blue placing went to Ryan Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders.
The novelty or stunt division is a diverse display of creative talent. Hoisington Jets 4-H Club received top blue with a bell choir. Grace and Lily Hoskins, Ellinwood Energizers performed taekwondo skills and received first alternate blue. Busy Buzzers 4-H Club received second alternate blue.
In the skit division, TLC Twisters members received a Top Blue rating. Hoisington Jets received second alternate blue.
In the other dance category, Alaina Straub, Ellinwood Energizers received a top regional blue and will represent Barton County at Regional 4-H Day
The public is invited to come to Regional 4-H Day on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Great Bend High School beginning at 5:30 pm. The top 4-H Day presentations from Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Russell, and Stafford counties will be presented in six different rooms. 4-H Day is a very important event because of the skills the members learn. Members are willing to share their talent and talks with civic and community organizations.
Berny Unruh is the 4-H and Youth Development Agent in Barton County. She is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune. She can be reached at 620-793-1910 or at firstname.lastname@example.org