Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nine Dakota County 4-H Project Bowl Teams Win at Regional Contest & Advance to State

Dakota County 4-H had 20 teams participate in the 4-H Regional Project Bowl contest, which was held in Hastings on March 12, 2011. They competed with over 97 teams from 23 counties across the Minnesota 4-H program. With four regional project bowl competitions across Minnesota, the teams that qualify from each regional contest compete at the state project bowl competition on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in Foley, MN. The nine Dakota County 4-H teams that that won at the Regional Contest and will compete at the 4-H State Regional Project Bowl include: Jr. General Livestock, Jr. Horse, Sr. Poultry, Jr. Rabbit, Sr. Rabbit, Jr. Wildlife and Sr. Wildlife. Congratulations go to all these teams!

The MN 4-H Project Bowl competition is the second, largest-attended event during the MN 4-H year. Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl," it challenges teams of three to six youth in their knowledge of their 4-H project areas. For each bowl, there are two divisions – junior and senior. Junior teams are composed of 4 Hers in grades 3-8, and senior teams are composed of members in grades 4-13. Currently there are seven different project bowls in which 4-Hers may participate: Dairy, Dog, General Livestock, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife.

4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in Minnesota and the largest in the nation with six million young people. 4-H in Dakota County currently has 1,435 youth members, about 14% of the youth population, and 426 adult volunteers. It is ranked the largest county 4-H program in Minnesota. 4-H, as part of the University of Minnesota Extension, is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide them hands-on experiences in 4-H’s mission mandates of science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. The program promotes life skills using your head, heart, hands and health. 4-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources from our nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years.

To find out more information about 4-H, visit the Dakota County 4-H website at www.umn.extension/county/dakota and (click on 4-H in Dakota County), or contact Dakota County 4-H at the Dakota County Extension Office at 651-480-7755. - Anja Johnson, Dakota County 4-H Program Coordinator

The Wild Mustangs include (L-R): Jesse Pipho (Farmington), Katie Norwig (Hampton), Heather Burke (Castle Rock), Madison Jenrich (Randolph) and Beca Burke (Castle Rock).

The Dreams include (L-R): Lauren Ciernia (Northfield), Jenny Schutt (Hampton), Angela Thomas (Hastings) and Rachel Wadleigh (Northfield).

The Junior General Livestock Team includes (L-R): Hannah Neil (Northfield), Tiana Barrett (Randolph), Taylor Jerde (Northfield) and Jackson Neil (Northfield) - three go to Randolph schools!

The Hoofbeats include (L-R): Rylee Heidenreich (Hampton), Alayna Lund (Hampton), Samantha Faye (Eagan), Delanie Otto (Cannon Falls) and Hailey Anderson (Rosemount).

The Stargazers (didn't take a picture) included kids from Hampton (Emily and Angie Norwig), Northfield (Cristina Armstrong), Randolph (Sarah Glewwe) and Hastings (Chelsey Ryman).

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