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4-H Day
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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 equally as important as the county fair for members exhibiting what they have learned.
In the project talk division, the top two winners were and Luke Wondra and Ryan Niles both of the Ellinwood Energizers. First alternate blue was Dalton Dicks, Busy Buzzers and second alternate was Lily Hoskins, Ellinwood Energizers. Molly Kaiser, TLC Twisters received a blue ribbon rating and Brice Oliphant, Ellinwood Energizers placed with a red rating.
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. Parker Lewis from the Hoisington Jets participated in the show and share division.
In Junior Demonstrations, Alexa Straub, Ellinwood Energizers and Woodson Corbett both from Ellinwood Energizers were the top blue winners. First alternate blue was Alaina Straub and second alternate was Caden Rowan, Ellinwood Energizers. Other participants in the junior demonstrations with blue ribbons were Grace Hoskins, Ellinwood Energizers and Aiden Noblitt, Hoisington Jets. Red ratings were Molly Kaiser, TLC Twisters; Mallory Reif, Hoisington Jets; Gus Corbett, Ellinwood Energizers and Mathew Hicks, South Bend Jolly Workers.
In the Senior Demonstration and Illustrated Talks division, Cody Wondra, Ellinwood Energizers and Morgan Kaiser, TLC Twisters received the top blue ratings. Johnelle Moshier, Hoisington Jets was first alternate blue. Second alternate blue was AJ Moshier, Hoisington Jets. Receiving blue ribbons were Hannah Mauler, Busy Buzzers; Kayleigh Bitter, Hoisington Jets; Kylie Broeder, Eureka Homesteaders; Payton Mauler, Busy Buzzers. Brinttain Noah, Hoisington Jets, and Katherine Hicks, South Bend Jolly Workers received red ratings.
In Public Speaking, Betsy Snell, Ellinwood Energizers and Heather Schneider, TLC Twisters received top blues. Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets was the first alternate blue.
In Extemporaneous speaking, Mikey Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers and Hannah Mauler, Busy Buzzers received top blues. Shiani Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers, received first alternate blue. Payton Mauler, Busy Buzzers received a red rating.
In the music performance room, Sarah Hammeke, Ellinwood Energizers received the top blue rating in piano solo. First alternate blue was BrayLynn Anshutz, Busy Buzzers, second alternate was BreAnn Anshutz and third alternate was Erin Hammeke. Other piano solos with blue ribbon ratings were Kyle Rziha, Great Bend City Slickers; Cade Rowan, Lily Hoskins, and Grace Hoskins all from Ellinwood Energizers. Receiving a red rating was Caylee Rowan, from Ellinwood Energizers.
Shiani Hughes from Ellinwood Energizers received a top blue rating with a vocal solo.
Anna Frizell from the TLC Twisters received the top blue rating with her instrumental solo. First alternate was Kirk Reisner, Hoisington Jets and second alternate was Kylie Broeder Eureka Homesteaders. Instrumental solos receiving red ratings were Ryan Niles, Ellinwood Energizers and AJ Moshier, Hoisington Jets.
In the talent division Lily Hoskins, Ellinwood Energizers received top blue on her junior reading. Grace Hoskins received first alternate blue and Gabby Reif, Hoisingon Jets was second alternate. Receiving blue ribbons were Landon Woydziak and Kamden Tarlton both of
Hoisington Jets. Isaac Burgess and Mathew MacMahon both of Hoisington Jets received red ribbon ratings.
In the senior reading division, top blue placing went to Mikey Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers. First alternate went to Kayleigh Bitter, Hoisington Jets. AJ Moshier, Hoisington Jets was a second alternate placing.
The novelty or stunt division is a diverse display of creative talent. Ellinwood Energizers 4-H Club received top blue with a parody “What does the 4-Her Say?” Hoisington Jets received first alternate blue with a kazoo band presentation. Busy Buzzers received a red rating with a clapping presentation.
In the skit division, South Bend Jolly Workers members received a Top Blue rating. Mikey Hughes, Ellinwood Energizers was a first alternate and Hoisington Jets received second alternate blue. Another skit from Hoisington Jets and the TLC Twisters club both placed with
red ratings.
In the other dance category, Heather Schneider and Morgan Kaiser, TLC Twisters received Top Blue on their dance. Brooke Gallentine, Hoisington Jets Club received a first alternate 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 14, 2014 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 and they are willing to
share with the public. Members often 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