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Niobrara County 4-H’ers compete at State 4-H Showcase Showdown

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014

The 4-H members who attended Showcase Showdown. are l to r: Aiden Applegarth, Amber Jensen, Taylor Gaukel, Kaitlin Gaukel, Kaden Gaukel, Alyssa Barnsdale, Kylie Strauch and Vanya Barnsdale.  Not pictured: Bobbi York and Meghan Proctor. Courtesy Photo

Niobrara County had nine 4-H members participating in the State 4-H Showcase Showdown held in Laramie, June 25th through the 27th.

To start the home team off with a bang, Meghan Proctor was selected to represent Wyoming at the National 4-H Club Congress in Atlanta, GA this November. This is one of the highest honors any 4-H member can receive and is based on a member’s long-term record, community service and leadership skills. This is an outstanding accomplishment which Meghan has worked hard for and she is most deserving of this honor.

Kylee Gaukel, who was unable to attend Showcase Showdown, did a phone interview and was selected as a member of the 2015 State Leadership Team. Again, a most prestigious honor.

Taylor Gaukel got the Niobrara County delegation off to a great start when she was named the Grand Champion Overall in the intermediate division of prepared presentations. In addition to her championship title, Taylor was also awarded the most creative presentation in the intermediate division. Her presentation was entitled, “From Blah to Bam”. Abbey Larson had an impressive fifth place presentation in the senior division. Her demonstration was entitled, “Candy Bar Race Cars”.

For the fourth year in a row, Meghan Proctor won the State Produce Judging Contest. She had a total of 820 points to top the senior division. Meghan was also the high individual in identification and oral reasons and took second place in the placing of classes. Amber Jensen was second overall in the senior division with 803 points. She was honored for placing first overall in placings, second in oral reasons and fourth in identification.

In the state horse judging contest, Amber Jensen was the fifth high senior individual overall with a score of 478. She was also third in placings and twelfth in oral reasons. Kylie Strauch had a good day placing seventh overall in the intermediate division with 468 points and she was third overall in questions and reasons. Aiden Applegarth earned 416 points to place sixteenth overall in the junior division of the horse judging contest.

In the Impromptu Speaking Contest, Niobrara County had three entries in the senior division. Alyssa Barnsdale paved the way placing fourth overall in the contest and Meghan Proctor took fifth place honor. Bobbi York also competed in this challenging event.

Taylor Gaukel stepped out of the box and participated in the Table Setting Contest. She placed tenth overall in the intermediate division of this competitive event.

In other competitive events, Kylie Strauch placed third in the intermediate division of the livestock judging challenge.

Alyssa Barnsdale, Vanya Barnsdale and Taylor Gaukel all participated in the “Project Runway” workshop. In this workshop members learned about putting together outfits, accessorizing and modeling. To showcase their newly learned skills, there was a style show at the Thursday night awards banquet.

Alyssa Barnsdale, Vanya Barnsdale, Kaden Gaukel, Kaitlin Gaukel, Kylie Strauch, Bobbi York, Meghan Proctor, Amber Jensen, Taylor Gaukel and Aiden Applegarth participated in a variety of workshops which included Film Fest, photography, making food snacks, and Operation Military Kid. These members also took tours of the University of Wyoming Athletics Department and the University of Wyoming Campus and participated in a barbeque to celebrate 100 years of the Smith Lever Act.

Four-H junior leader, Kaitlin Gaukel, attended Showcase and was a huge help at the horse judging contest. She served as a group leader and worked with younger members in answering questions.

Other events at the Showcase Showdown included: cake decorating, table setting, food cook-off, dog skill-a-thon, livestock skill-a-thon, Hippology, robot wars and rocket launches.

4-H leaders chaperoning this event for Niobrara County included Kitson Boldon, Julie Gaukel, Toni Gaukel, Karen York, summer 4-H intern Kenzie Miller and Extension Educator Tammie Jensen.

For the complete article see the 07-09-2014 issue.

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