Twenty-one youth participated in Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest
Twenty-one youth participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest on July 14. Sponsored by the Ina Hopkins-John W. Cook Memorial Fund, the Carole Williams-Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and the Pam Krueger-Milk Check Off, the competition was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual evaluation competition is a major event for the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program. Youth participating in the Dairy Judging Program acquire a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate their knowledge in a competitive environment. The contest also encourages youth to enhance their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving and social skills as a team member.
Each county may enter up to 20 senior and 20 non-senior participants. The youth competed individually for high individual and as a team through the combination of the top county individuals.
All participants received an award pin for participation. A team plaque is presented to the top participating teams. The senior high individual and the winning senior team earned Georgia 4-H Master status.
This year’s winners at the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest include:
- First place team: Emma Newberry, Lexi Pritchard and Neely McCommons — Oconee County
- Second place team: Michael Whitlock, Colton Swartz and Bella Fisk — Coweta County
- Senior High Individual: Noel Pickel — Morgan County
- First place team: Andrew Gardner, Maggie Harper and Landon Gardner — Morgan County
- Junior High Individual: Sarah Morgan Sapp — Burke County
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office by visiting extension.uga.edu/county-offices.