Youngsters Excel at 4-H Demonstration Day
by Sandi Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
LARGO - Jordan Hunter, a member of Crazy 4 Canines 4-H Club, donned a chef's hat for her presentation at Pinellas 4-H Demonstration Day on March 15. Topic of her talk in Auditorium A at the Pinellas County Extension Service was "What's in Your Dog Food?" The 12-year-old earned a blue ribbon in the intermediate division for her efforts. Meanwhile, Ramius Stiehler, 8, was in Auditorium C talking about "Garden Bugs". He and his sister, Reanna, 6, wore cowboy hats representing their 4-H chapter, Pony Pals/Ochs Garden. Reanna could be found next door in the EMS Building's auditorium awaiting the opportunity to describe "What a Horse Eats." The three youngsters were among the more than 55 presenters vying for blue ribbons and a chance for advancement to District 4-H Demonstration Day.
Blue ribbons were awarded for top scores of 90-100. Participants scoring 80-89 points received red ribbons, while those who received 79 or less points were recipients of white ribbons. Divisions were as follows: senior, ages 14-18; intermediate, ages 11-13; junior, ages 8-10; and cloverbud, ages 5-7. Cloverbud entries were not judged. All presenters in that age division were awarded green ribbons for their participation.
There were two classes of blue ribbons. Some were awarded with the distinction of qualification for the District 4-H competition to be held in Bartow in May. Blue ribbon winners advancing to District are Amanda Peacock, 9, Clothing Demonstration; Maribel Graczyk, 11, Food Preparation; Melissa Sharp, 15, Foods & Nutrition; Danielle Hendrix, 13, Career Exploration; Alicia Griggs, 16, Horse; Jessica Freed, 10, Horse; Olivia Sipos, 11, Horse; Michaela Polmann, 9, Animal Industry; Brandi Sclafani, 11, Animal Industry; Matthew Witsey, 8, Plant Connections; Micah Tonnesen, 11, Forests & Other Terrestrial Environments; Jackson Garcia, 10, Mechanical and Electronic Science; Brian Sackett, 10, Media Arts; Angela Zazzaro, 17, Media Arts; Stephanie Tonnesen, 15, General Category; Catherine Sharp, 12, Companion Animal; Katie Hendrix, 9, Companion Animal; Joshua Sackett, 9, Leisure Arts/Recreation; Vanessa Yore, 12, Leisure Arts/Recreation; Victoria Yore, 14, Leisure Arts/Recreation; and Quincy Ford, 14, Citizenship/Leadership. Victoria Yore was the only entrant to receive perfect scores from the judges.
Jordan Hunter, 12, talks about the ingredients in dog food