By Jodi Baumgartner

U of I Extension Program

Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development

Forty-seven youth from Ogle County recently competed at the state level at the 4-H General Project Show held August 11 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Seven competitors placed first, earning the Grand Champion title, while 4 were named Reserve Grand Champions, and 5 members earned an Inspire award!

The best of the best were on display at the 4-H General Project Show of the Illinois State Fair. Award-winning 4-H members from across Illinois competed at the county level before advancing to the state level.

The following youth exhibited in this year’s General Project Show:

Nolan Adams – Vegetable Plat,e Participant

Kaitlyn Adams – Scrapbooking-Intermediate, Participant and Inspire Award

Isaiah Akins –  Visual Arts: Metal, Participant and Grand Champion

Bethany Akins –  Wildlife 2, Participant and Reserve Grand Champion

Immanuel Arellano –  Visual Arts Paper 3D, Participant

Elizabeth Armbruster – Theatre Arts I, Participant

Keira Armbruster – Photography 1, Participant

Lucas Armbruster – 4-H Cooking 401: Focaccia Bread, Participant and Inspire Award

Alex Booker – Outdoor Adventures 1-3, Participant and Reserve Grand Champion

Katelyn Bowers – Photography 3, Participant and Inspire Award

Tessa Bruns – Vegetable/Fruit Display , Participant

Emily Buttel – Floriculture D, Participant and Inspire Award

Delaney Byers – Wildlife 1, Participant and Reserve Grand Champion

Lauren Carlson – Woodworking 4, Participant and Grand Champion

Carson Conderman – Metal, Participant

Ali Danekas – Animal Science 2, Participant and Grand Champion

Charli DeShazo – Animal Science 1, Participant

Alayna Doane – Food Decorating-Intermediate, Participant

Aleeya Dykstra – Food Decorating-Beginning, Participant

Sophia Ebert – 4-H Cooking 101 Cookies, Participant

Colton Gehrke – Geology, Participant and Reserve Grand Champion

Hannah Harvey – Food Preservation: Canning, Participant

Trent Heller – UAV Display, Participant and Grand Champion

Jenna Heller – 4-H Cooking 101: Coffeecake, Participant

Cora Herring – Tractor B, Participant and Grand Champion

Andrew Hickman – Entomology 1, Participant

Lily Hongsermeier – 4-H Cooking 201: Nut Bread Participant

Edward Koziol – Electricity 2, Participant

Eli Lotz – Woodworking 2., Participant

Allissa Martin – Visual Arts: Chalk/Carbon/Pigment, Participant

Cora Mickley – Photography 1, Participant

Lydia Sherburne – Robotics 1 Intermediate, Participant and Grand Champion

Joshua Snow – Theatre Arts 1, Participant

Kathryn Snow – Sports Nutrition, Participant

Cole Somers – Family Heritage, Participant

Sawyer Stockton – Clothing 1-Sewn Clothing, Participant

Mackenzie Taylor – 4-H Cooking 301: Tea Ring, Participant

Preston Taylor – Electricity 3, Participant

David Wehler – Advance Visual Programming, Participant

Maxx Wiltfang – Visual Arts: Chalk/Carbon/Pigment, Participant and Grand Champion

Eralynn Wiltfang – Model Rocketry, Participant

Addison Yordy – Veterinary Science, Participant

Mason Zabran – Tractor A, Participant

Landon Zabran – Heritage Arts, Participant and Inspire Award

Ulta Zabran – Shopping in Style: Beginning, Participant

In 4-H, project areas represent the culmination of individual learning paths where youth are able to show off their skills and expertise in front of thousands of fairgoers. Youth also participate in conference judging as a part of the experience. This brings members and volunteer judges together to evaluate project exhibits. It involves one-on-one, face-to-face communication in which the volunteer judge and exhibitor talk directly with each other. This technique provides a unique opportunity for 4-H’ers to learn from their experiences and knowledge of the volunteer judge.

Competing at the state level is a great educational experience for youth. Youth are able to compete at a state level, meet with youth across the state, and take the next step in their learning journey by meeting with a volunteer who has expertise in their project area.


About Illinois 4-H

Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow.

The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.


About Extension

Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

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