STILLWATER – What happens when you combine recognition of hard work and achievement, educational workshops, competitive events, making new friends and $100,000 in educational scholarships? These are just a few of the ingredients for a successful 97th State 4-H Roundup.
Nearly 800 club members, volunteer leaders and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension educators gathered recently on the OSU campus for the state’s biggest 4-H event. This year’s theme was “Capture Your Moments, Develop Your Future.”
Serving as delegates for Pontotoc County were Kaitlyn Callison, Adeline Daniel, Nora Gayler, Hannah Holly, Sarah Jolly, Travis Jolly, Jacob Jones, Laura Rose and Rose Smith.
Rose Smith was awarded a $1,200 scholarship for winning the Recreation and Leisure Arts Project. Sara Thomas received the $1,000 SE District Scholarship, and Adeline Daniel was recognized in the Blue Award group for being one of the top 16 4-H members in the state. Other top three project finalist included Kaitlyn Callison, dog project; Sarah Jolly, health and fitness project, Travis Jolly, safety project and Sara Thomas, citizenship and performing arts.
State 4-H Roundup has a long history of providing learning opportunities for youth, as well as the chance to take part in a wide variety of contests. Some of those winners will go on to compete at the national level.
The family and consumer science skill-a-thon championship team is from Pontotoc County and will take part in the national contest at Denver Western Roundup. This event will take place in Denver in January 2019. Team members are Nora Gayler, Hannah Jolly and Sarah Jolly.
The Clover Quiz Bowl team was state runner-up. Team members are Jacob Jones, Nora Gayler, Kaitlyn Callison and Travis Jolly.
Kaitlyn Callison was a state champion in illustrated public speaking and Adeline Daniel was a state champion in job readiness, while Laura Rose was a reserve state champion in job readiness.