County 4-H members test their performance skills
With plenty of homework and special school projects coming due, area students are volunteering to take on additional work.
But for those who participate in Leavenworth County 4-H Day, the chores aren't necessarily viewed as work.
During this year's events, 4-H members could be seen performing hands-on demonstrations with live animals, reading from favorite authors, dancing with dogs, performing creative skits and applying proper meeting skills.
"The purpose of the annual event is for youths to present or perform before an audience," said Beth Hecht, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent. "This leads to higher self-confidence and improved communication skills. Preparation and practice are the key to any contest. They are also among the life skills that 4-H teaches."
Contestants are evaluated by judges, given feedback and presented an award. Top blue ribbon winners from each contest will compete for regional honors on March 1 at Atchison Elementary School in Atchison.
Here's a list of the winners:
Top blue: Happy Hollow 4-H Club
Blues: Bell 4-H Club, Happy Helpers 4-H Club and Livewires 4-H Club.
Reds: Boling 4-H Club and Friendship Valley 4-H Club.
Top Blues: Katie Campbell, Livewires; and Victoria Thompson, Boling.
Reds: Abe Buddish, Friendship Valley; Trevon Thomas, Happy Hollow; and Kenny Campbell, Livewires.
Top blues: Nicole Allen, Reno Bobwhites; and Sarah Smith, Happy Helpers.
Blues: Shannon Smith, Happy Helpers; and Kelly Yunghans, Livewires.
Reds: David Campbell and Shilyn Guthrie, both of Livewires.
Top Blues: Aaron Adams, Bell; and Kelsi Briggs and Matthew Briggs, both of Happy Helpers.
Blues: Aaron McIntyre, Reno Bobwhites; Alex Zink, Stranger Creek; Carl Hecht, Livewires; Ethan Johnson, Boling; Hadley DeHoff, Friendship Valley; Lane Hecht, Livewires; Lauren Hoge, Wranglers; Matt Spezia, Boling; Matthew Saathoff, Reno Bobwhites; Megan Briggs, Happy Helpers; Natalie Zink, Stranger Creek; and Victoria Thompson, Boling.
Reds: Austin Wiley, Reno Bobwhites; Brooke Wilson, Basehor Rustlers; Destiny Mestagh, Happy Helpers; Dustin Zink, Stranger Creek; Elizabeth Patrick, Wranglers; Harland Cooper, Happy Hollow; Justin Patrick, Wranglers; and Mary Butler, Friendship Valley.
Top Blues: Audrey Knapp, Glenwood; and Norman Schlight, Reno Bobwhites.
Blues: Ryan Grammer, Jacob Reynolds and Ben Reynolds, Reno Bobwhites.
Red: Amanda Gleissner, Basehor Rustlers; and Hilary Mosbacher, Boling.
Top Blue: Nicole Allen, Reno Bobwhites.
Blue: Erin Sours, Independent; Rachel Bieniecki, Horse; Tina Allen, Reno Bobwhites; Tyler Lunsford, Happy Hollow; Victoria Thompson, Boling; Zach Warren, Fort Leavenworth SAS; Clinton Megee, Reno Bobwhites; Dustin Zink, Stranger Creek; Kelsi Briggs, Happy Helpers; Lauren Thrower, Fort Leavenworth SAS; Sadie Jane Johnson, Boling; and Vanessa Redford, Bell.
Top Blue: Austin Lunsford, Happy Hollow.
Blue: Jacob Phillips, Basehor Rustlers; and Elizabeth Patrick, Wranglers.
Red: Gelia Gardner, Livewires.
Top Blue: Reno Bobwhites 4-H Club.
Red: Mayginnis Hustlers 4-H Club.
Top Blue: Jason Miles, Reno Bobwhites.
Blues: Bonnie Monahan and Alexandria Packard, both of Reno Bobwhites.
Red: Ashley Zink, Stranger Creek.
White: Meghan Sullivan, Boling.
Top Blue: Happy Hollow 4-H Club
Blue: Happy Hollow 4-H Club
Top Blue: Reno Bobwhites 4-H Club
Top Blue: James Bailey, Mayginnis Hustlers.
Blues: Karisa Garber, Boling; Aimee Ostermeyer, Friendship Valley; Emily Knapp, Glenwood; Madison Eddy, Northeast Leavenworth; and Austin Wiley and Ben Reilly, both of Reno Bobwhites.
Reds: Lane Hecht and Carl Hecht, both of Livewires; and Abigail Eddy, Northeast Leavenworth.
White: Anna-Maria Hernandez, Northeast Leavenworth.
Top Blue: Mayginnis Hustlers 4-H Club
Top Blue: Anna Buddish, Friendship Valley.
Blue: Karisa Garber, Boling.
Small group dance
Top Blue: Glenwood 4-H Club
Blue: Reno Bobwhites 4-H Club
Red: Fort Leavenworth SAS
Top Blue: Brooke Wilson, Basehor Rustlers.
Red: Madison Richardson, Mayginnis Hustlers; and Grace Reilly, Reno Bobwhites.
Participants: Colton Findeisen, Boling; Mable Mestagh, Happy Helpers; Janae Wallace, Northeast Leavenworth; Martin Reilly, Reno Bobwhites; and Mollie Hoge, Wranglers.