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GBMS hosting Cottonwood District Regional 4-H Day
13 members from Barton County participating
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Alexa Straub, Ellinwood Energizers 4-H Club member, gave a top placing demonstration on monarch butterflies at Barton County 4-H Day Feb. 24, paving the way for her to compete along with 12 other Barton County members at Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend Middle School this evening. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Regional 4-H Day activities start this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Great Bend Middle School, said Cottonwood District 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent Berny Unruh. The public is invited to attend.
The Barton County Fair is the not the only event where 4-H youth get the opportunity to showcase the benefits and opportunities provided by their 4-H project work, she said. The presentations given at 4-H Day focus on the youth’s skills, such as gaining confidence in their abilities to speak effectively and creating planned performances in the arts. The day also allows for youth to participate as an individual or as a large group with other club members. The variety of options allows for many creative avenues for the youth to express and demonstrate the skills they have learned.
Each activity is designed to help youth grow their skills by measuring all performances against a published standard of excellence (Danish system). Youth who are recognized as top performers have the option to further their competition at Regional 4-H Day.
The members from Cottonwood District – Barton who will advance to Regional competition are Sierra Ferguson in Project Talks; Shae Hoskins and Nicole Rziha in Junior Demonstrations; Alexa Straub and Alaina Straub in Senior Demonstrations; Dylan Ferguson in Public Speaking; Dinah Newman and BrayLynn Anshutz in Extemporaneous Speaking; Ellinwood Energizers with a skit; Dathan Proffitt in Senior Reading; Elsa Lopez in Junior Reading; Jesseca Hames in Vocal Solo; BrayLynn Anshutz with Piano Solo and Haley McCormick in Instrumental Solo.

Barton County 4-H Day results
The results from the Barton County 4-H Day held Feb. 24 at Ellinwood High School are as follows. Kaisha Woydziak and Aliza Straub participated in Show and Share, a non-competitive speaking event for younger members. Project talks were given by Natalie Williams, Jamie Stos and Ailey Williams. Junior Demonstrations were given by Natalie Williams and Ailey Williams. Kyle Rziha participated in the Application, Resume and Interview event.
In Senior Demonstrations, first alternate blue was awarded to Dalton Dicks and Noah Deines received a blue. Extemporaneous speaking gives teens a chance to learn to speak and share their ideas. The participants draw a topic and have ten minutes to prepare for their speech. Ryan Niles was a top placings but is unable to compete at regional. Grace Hoskins placed with a red ribbon rating.
Five 4-H Clubs planned and prepared a skit. The top blue placing went to Ellinwood Energizers and alternate blue was awarded to Hoisington Jets 4-H Club. Busy Buzzers, TLC Twisters and the South Bend Jolly Workers 4-H clubs received blue placings. In junior readings, Shae Hoskins placed with a first alternate blue.
In the music division, Molly Kaiser received a first alternate blue placing on her vocal solo. Lily Hoskins received a first alternate blue on her piano solo and Grace Hoskins placed with a second alternate blue. Kylie McCormick placed with a blue and Haley McCormick received a red rating. The first alternate instrumental solo placing was Lily Hoskins. Elsa Lopez received a blue, Haley McCormick’s violin solo received a red and Dathan Proffitt received a white rating.