Alamance County 4-H Youth Livestock Team Wins at State Contest

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Alamance County 4-H has a very active Youth Livestock Team that practices almost year-round. On July 25-26, 2019, six youth attended the State 4-H Livestock Judging, Skillathon, and Quiz Bowl Contests at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Alamance County 4-H entered one intermediate (ages 11-13) team, one junior (ages 8-10) individual, and two senior (ages 14-18) individuals in the skillathon, judging, and quiz bowl contests with a range from one to five years of experience. This is the sixth year that Alamance County 4-H has entered teams into the state contest. Top teams and individuals were announced on July 27, 2019, during a formal awards breakfast ceremony at NC State University. Some of the contest highlights include:

Quiz bowl team members Lane Whitfield, Aiden Kernodle, Joseph Allred, and Leah Black placed 2nd in the intermediate division. Senior individuals Hope Andrews and Gracen Shoffner were placed on a combined senior quiz bowl team with youth from Orange, Pitt, and Rockingham Counties. Their combined team took home 1st place in the senior division.

Quiz bowl team

Intermediate Quiz Bowl Team (left to right): Aiden Kernodle, Lane Whitfield, Joseph Allred, Hope Andrews

Skillathon team members Lane Whitfield, Aiden Kernodle, and Leah Black won the overall intermediate livestock skillathon title for the contest. Their team placed 2nd in identification/written test, and 1st in evaluation in order to win the overall title. This is the third year in a row that Alamance County 4-H has taken home the skillathon title.

Individual awards were also given out to youth who excelled and placed in the top ten (for intermediate and senior divisions). The following youth from Alamance County 4-H were recognized individually. Hope Andrews: 10th overall in senior skillathon. Aiden Kernodle: 4th in intermediate skillathon evaluation, 4th in intermediate skillathon identification/written test, 2nd overall in intermediate skillathon, and he was the overall intermediate individual for the contest (judging, skillathon, and quiz bowl). Lane Whitfield: 9th in intermediate skillathon evaluation, 9th in intermediate skillathon quality assurance, 5th in intermediate skillathon identification/written test, and 3rd overall in intermediate skillathon.

Aiden Kernodle

Aiden Kernodle with his belt buckle award for being the high overall intermediate individual for livestock judging, skillathon, and quiz bowl.

Additional individual accomplishments include: Joseph Allred: 6th in junior oral reasons (judging), 9th in junior cattle judging, and 13th in junior skillathon evaluation. Lane Whitfield: 16th in intermediate oral reasons (judging). Hope Andrews: 12th in senior skillathon identification/written test, 13th in senior skillathon quality assurance, and 12th in senior skillathon evaluation. Aiden Kernodle: 16th in intermediate skillathon quality assurance.

Team with awards

From left to right: Coach Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent, Lane Whitfield, Aiden Kernodle, Hope Andrews, Leah Black, Joseph Allred (not pictured: Gracen Shoffner)

To learn more about the Youth Livestock Program and/or 4-H in Alamance County please contact Taylor Jones, 4-H Extension Agent or Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent. You can also learn more by visiting our website or Facebook page.