By: Niccole Haslam (4-H Intern) & Amanda Christensen (4-H Agent)
The Utah State University Extension 4-H State Contests were held Monday, July 15, through Wednesday, July 17, on the USU campus. Nearly 300 Utah 4-Hers participated in a variety of competitions, and winners may receive an invitation to participate in the national competition at Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., Jan. 9 to 12, 2014. In addition to competing, 4-H youth engaged in educational, social and service opportunities as they learned such skills as proper nutrition, rocketry, animal science and family science.
Morgan County residents Sara Clark and Hannah Clark received first place in the Chef Extraordinaire contest. In this contest, contestants have three hours to prepare and serve a three course meal. The first two hours are spent preparing the meal as well as preparing place settings and table decorations. Promptly at the two-hour mark, contestants must begin serving their meal to four “guests” who judge the food. Participants also act as waitresses during that one-hour time period. Contestants are observed during the entire process and are judged based on food safety practices and proper food handling. Their food is judged on appearance, taste and nutrition. Sara and Hannah chose a Chinese themed meal of egg drop soup, egg rolls, ham fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and frozen fruit cups.
When asked what her favorite part of the contest was, Sara Clark replied, “Winning a Blendtec blender!” Along with winning Blendtec blenders, both Sara and Hannah received $50 towards any 4-H event in the coming year.
Hannah Clark won the Family and Consumer Sciences Presentation which she titled “Overfed, Undernourished.” She gave a presentation based on nutritional problems in America. Her information focused on the difficulty of eating nutritious food compared to the cost and ease of fast food and other poor nutritional choices. Hannah has a passion for nutrition and is excited to further her education in this area.
Ellissa Clark won a blue ribbon in the World of Work Contest. This contest is the equivalent of applying for a job. Participants had to prepare and submit a resume with work history and references and participate in a mock job interview.
Ellissa is also finishing her year as a State 4-H Ambassador and will begin her term as the Morgan High student body president this coming school year. Ellissa feels that her experience as a 4-H Ambassador has helped to prepare her for her leadership role as SBO president.
All Morgan County participants also assisted in a service project creating “Smile Bags” for Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that provides free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children in developing countries who would otherwise not have access to the surgery.
4-H is alive and well in Morgan County! We are very proud of all of our 4-Hers. To join 4-H or for more information, contact us at (801) 829-3472 or online at www.extension.usu.edu/morgan. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Pinterest and Blogger as well! https://www.facebook.com/