During the week of June 4-8, 29 youth represented Johnson County at the State 4-H Round-Up held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

State 4-H Round-Up is the highlight of 4-H competitions. In order for youth to qualify in their prospective contest or divisions, they must qualify at county and district level contest before going on to the state contest held at College Station.

On Tuesday, June 5, three members of Johnson County 4-H received college scholarships totaling $32,000.

Jake Hall and Lara Davis received the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.

Valerie Marks was the recipient of a $12,000 scholarship from Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

On Wednesday, June 6, Johnson County 4-H’ers Jason Berndt, Preston Hulcy, Amanda Rollins and Keegan McCrady participated in the Nutrition Quiz Bowl contest, where they placed first over all.

Coaches were Tammy McCrady and Marilyn Rollins. The Johnson County 4-H Dairy Team, consisting of Loni Woolley of Grandview, Shea McKinnerney of Grandview, Kayler Campbell of Cleburne and Lacy Massey of Godley, placed second overall.

Loni Woolley placed fourth high individual overall, Shea McKinnerney was 10th high individual overall, Kayler Campbell placed 18th high individual overall and Lacy Massey 25th high individual overall.

The team was coached by Fabian Almeida and Mac McKinnerney. This team competed against 17 teams made up of 50 individuals that were representing their districts from across the state.

The Johnson County 4-H Horse Judging Team, consisting of Thomas Huff, Melanie McCoy, Morgan Simmons and Holly Dane, placed second. Morgan Simmons was second high individual in the judging contest. By placing second in the State contest, these 4-H’ers will advance to Western National Round-up in Denver, Colo. This team was coached by Ed Bader.

The Johnson County 4-H Meats Judging Team walked away with second place scoring 2160 earning a trip to the Western National 4-H Round-up in Denver in January 2008.

Seventeen teams consisting of 58 contestants competed to represent counties from all over Texas. The Johnson County 4-H’ers that make up the team are Amanda Mason of Joshua, Conner Kelley of Joshua, Kyle Russell of Alvarado and Zachary Goodwin of Alvarado.

Goodwin placed first high individual overall, receiving a trophy and a $250 cash prize, while Amanda Mason placed fourth high individual overall.

Finally, the Entomology Team, consisting of Jessica Crecelius, Nathaniel Taylor, Brazos Webb and Jessica Baltazar, placed third at State 4-H Round-up. The team was coached by Tracy Hogan and Bonnie Taylor.

On Thursday, June 7, Johnson County 4-H’ers participated in educational presentation contests and skill-a-thons. Jordy Ray of Alvarado placed second in the Swine Skill-a-thon, a contest that tests the knowledge and skill of individuals who participate in the swine project.

Jason and Justin Berndt of Joshua presented a safety presentation and placed fourth.

Logan Laughman of Grandview placed fifth with his presentation over family life.

Cameron Hulcy placed sixth in the vocal category of Share the Fun, a contest that showcases talented 4-H’ers.

Amanda Rollins of Grandview placed seventh with a presentation in the health category.

Lara Davis of Grandview and Ryan Kidd of Alvarado placed eighth overall with a feral hog presentation in the Farm and Ranch Economics category.

Finally, Keegan McCrady finished ninth with an educational presentation on horses.

Johnson County is truly fortunate to have the outstanding youth and adult leaders that help Johnson County to be well represented at State 4-H Round-Up each year. It is truly a testament to the tradition of 4-H in Johnson County. For more 2007 Texas 4-H Roundup results and pictures, access the Texas 4-H Web site at www.texas4-h.tamu.edu/ or contact Zach Davis, county extension agent-4-H and Youth Development at (817) 556-6370.

Chris Schneider is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for Johnson County.