4-H’ers return state champs

STATE CHAMPIONS: Hood County 4-H teams scored the highest combined scores in the senior and intermediate competitions at the Texas State Livestock Skillathon. From left to right are senior and intermediate team members Davis Nix, Kyle Vahlenkamp, Jolee Tuggle, Ty Taylor, Kinsey Lane, Katy Parish, Tatum Christie and Emily Brite. Courtesy

Hood County 4-H students brought home two state championships from the Texas State Livestock Skillathon June 5-8.

The intermediate and senior teams enjoyed the highest combined scores in their divisions to bring home the state title, said Hood County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Marty Vahlenkamp.

The senior team, made up of high schoolers Emily Brite, Tatum Christie, Ty Taylor and Kinsey Lane, will travel in November to Louisville, Kentucky for the national contest held during the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Intermediate team members were middle schoolers Kyle Vahlenkamp, Davis Nix and Jolee Tuggle.

From left to right are healthy lifestyle invitational team members Lilly Myers and Georgia Sims with their eight place ribbons.

The Healthy Lifestyle Invitational Team of Georgia Sims and Lily Myers placed eighth.

Individual results:

• Emily Brite was high point in the Senior Contest. She was also State Champion in the Sheep and Goat Educational Presentation.

• Tatum Christie was third High Point in the Senior Contest.

• Kinsey Lane was fifth High Point in the Senior Contest.

• Katy Parish was 12th High Point in the Senior Contest.

• Ty Taylor was 14th High Point in the Senior Contest.

• Kyle Vahlenkamp was second High Point in the Intermediate Contest. Also 20th in the Intermediate Invitational Livestock Judging.

• Davis Nix was fourth High Point in the Intermediate Contest. Also 12th in the Intermediate Invitational Livestock Judging.

• Jolee Tuggle was 11th High Point in the Intermediate Contest. Also 24th in the Intermediate Invitational Livestock Judging.