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  • 4-Hers learn life skills with 4-H Days events

  • Butler County 4-H held the annual 4-H Days
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  • Butler County 4-H held the annual 4-H Days on Feb. 8 at Butler Community College.
    4-H Days offers youth the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events including vocal, instrumental, piano, skits, project talks, demonstrations, public speaking, impromptu presentation and an event called Pickle Power. These events give youth the opportunity to learn and enhance life skills.
    Project Talks are intended for youth up to 12 years of age and help them gain confidence in expressing themselves before an audience. Demonstrations are defined as a “show-how” process involving doing or making something while giving an explanation to a judge and audience. Illustrated talks are a “tell-how” process. Visuals such as equipment, supplies, posters, graphs, charts, etc can all be used to help the youth present the information.
    Public speaking and impromptu presentation are designed specifically for older and more experienced 4-H’ers. They intended to assist the older 4-H’ers to further develop confidence and skills in speaking before an audience. Youth participating in impromptu presentation selects a topic and then has 7 minutes to prepare a speech and then present it. The topic reflects upon current events and/or a 4-H topic. Youth learn the importance of the introduction, body and conclusion parts of a speech.
    Pickle power is an event that youth really enjoy. This event is open to all 4-H’ers from 7 to 18 years of age. Youth are given two different age specific, ethical topics to review and then choose one to tell about to a judge. They analyze the problem and present alternatives and a solution.
    The skits, vocal, piano and instrumental events allow youth to learn these skills and exhibit their talents in front of a judge and audience. They learn poise, confidence, and how to perform in front of a group. Some of these also require the memorization of music.
    4-H Days is just one of the many educational strategies and opportunities for youth and adults to work in partnership as they develop life skills. Youth receiving Top Blues are eligible to participate in Regional 4-H Days in March.
    Results from 4-H Days
    Demonstration & Illustrated Talks - Junior: Kylee Barlett - Purple Heart; 1st Top Blue, Laura Scribner - Cassoday Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Trena Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; 2nd Alt Top Blue, Braden Scribner - Benton Busy Bees; Blue, Kaden Stanley - Benton Busy Bees; Red, Nathan Henning – Purple Heart; Red, Acacia Henning - Purple Heart; Red, Allison Henning - Purple Heart; Red
    Demonstration & Illustrated Talks - Intermediate: Roman Merck - Rose Hill Rustlers; 1st Top Blue, Elizabeth Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 2nd Top Blue, Lauren Mandina - Benton Busy Bees; 1st Alt Top Blue, Jeffrey Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; 2nd Alt Top Blue, Lane Guthrie - Benton Busy Bees; Blue, Trevor Johnson - Lily Lake; Blue
    Page 2 of 3 - Demonstration & Illustrated Talks - Senior: Anna Kuestersteffen - El Dorado Boosters; 1st Top Blue, Erron Eisenbarth - Cassoday Boosters; 2nd Top Blue, Erik Eisenbarth - Cassoday Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue
    Project Talks - Junior: Sophia McCune - Benton Busy Bees; 1st Top Blue, Cally Miller - Cassoday
    Boosters; 2nd Top Blue, Trent Cabrales - Lily Lake; 1st Alt Top Blue, Addi Scribner - Benton Busy Bees; 2nd Alt Top Blue
    Project Talks - Intermediate: Jason Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 1st Top Blue
    Public Speaking - Senior: Katelyn Hageman - Towanda Rustlers; 1st Top Blue, Timothy Johnson – El Dorado Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Tara Varner - Towanda Rustlers; Red,
    Small Instrumental Ensemble: Benton Busy Bees III (Bailee Goad, Jace Wiggins, Alyson Wescott, Brylee Young, Trinity Cooper); 1st Top Blue, Benton Busy Bees II (Lauren Mandina & Lillie Haller); 1st Alt Top Blue, Cassoday Boosters (Jeffrey Garcia & Peyten Girty); Red
    Instrumental Solo Intermediate: Cooper Larsen - Hickory Helpers; 1st Top Blue, Dalton Perez - Hickory Helpers; 1st Alt Top Blue, Jeffrey Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; Red, Austin Taylor - Lily Lake; Red, Cooper Cabrales - Lily Lake; Red, Lauren Mandina - Benton Busy Bees; Blue
    Instrumental Solo - Senior: Kassie Claassen - North Butler; 1st Top Blue, Mandi Becker - Hickory Helpers; 1st Alt Top Blue, Alex Becker - Hickory Helpers; Blue
    Piano - Junior: Kelsey Koontz - Heartland; 1st Top Blue, Andrew Tien - Benton Busy Bees; 2nd Top Blue, Trena Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Ivalea Tien - Benton Busy Bees; Red
    Piano - Senior: Renata Goossen - North Butler; 1st Top Blue, Jessica Strawn - Purple Heart; 2nd Top Blue, Timothy Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Jake Allen - Towanda Rustlers; 2nd Alt Top Blue
    Piano - Intermediate: Austin Broadie - North Butler; 1st Top Blue, Elizabeth Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 2nd Top Blue, Haley Koontz - Heartland; 1st Alt Top Blue, Jared Allen - Towanda Rustlers; 2nd Alt Top Blue, Gavin Strawn - Purple Heart; Red, Jason Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; Red
    Cloverbud / First Year Presentation: Riley Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; Participant Ribbon Braden Koontz - Heartland; Participant Ribbon, Chelsea Willour - Benton Busy Bees; Participant Ribbon
    Readings - Junior: Isabel Vallejo - Benton Busy Bees; 1st Top Blue, Laura Scribner - Cassoday Boosters; 2nd Top Blue, Trena Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Baylor Henry - Benton Busy Bees; 2nd Alt Top Blue, Kylee Barlett - Purple Heart; Red, Ty Guthrie - Benton Busy Bees; Red, Acacia Henning - Purple Heart; Red, Emily Scribner - Cassoday Boosters; Blue
    Readings - Intermediate: Jillian Rockley - Purple Heart; 1st Top Blue, Quinn Torgenson - Purple Heart; 2nd Top Blue, Roman Merck - Rose Hill Rustlers; 1st Alt Top Blue, Shelby Varner - Towanda Rustlers; 2nd Alt Top Blue, Emma Geer - Purple Heart; Blue, Elizabeth Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; Blue, Jason Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; Blue, Zoe Van Pelt - Heartland; Blue
    Page 3 of 3 - Readings - Senior: Timothy Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 1st Top Blue, Elliot Merck - Rose Hill Rustlers; 2nd Top Blue, Daniel Johnson - El Dorado Boosters; 1st Alt Top Blue, Hunter Van Pelt - Heartland; Red
    Skits/Creative Drama: Purple Heart (Quinn Torgenson & Jillian Markley); 1st Top Blue, Benton Busy Bees II (Evan, Jacob & Morgan Claassen, Alli Willour,Ariana & Gunnar Stone, Madison Wooderson); 2nd Top Blue, Benton Busy Bees I (Lillie-Lucy Haller, Lauren-Lindsey Mandina, Bailee & Brylee Goad, Kirstyn Cooper); 1st Alt Top Blue, Lily Lake (Lee Ann & Austin Taylor, Clayton Carr) ; 2nd Alt Top Blue
    Other Talent: Heartland; 1st Top Blue
    Impromptu Speeches - Senior: Tara Varner - Towanda Rustlers; 1st Top Blue, Elliot Merck - Rose Hill Rustlers; 2nd Top Blue
    Small Vocal Ensemble: Cassoday/ - Towanda I (Jeffrey Garcia & Shelby Varner); 1st Top Blue, Cassoday/ - Towanda II (Jeffrey & Trena Garcia; Shelby & Tara Varner); 1st Alt Top Blue, Benton Busy Bees I (Alli & Emma Willour); Blue, Benton Busy Bees II (Lillie & Lucy Haller); Blue
    Vocal Solo - Junior: Trena Garcia - Cassoday Boosters; 1st Top Blue, Ellie VanZelfden - Benton Busy Bees; 1st Alt Top Blue, Allison Henning - Purple Heart; 2nd Alt Top Blue
    Vocal Solo - Intermediate: Jeffrey Garcia - Cassoday Boosters ; 1st Top Blue, Shelby Varner - Towanda Rustlers; 1st Alt Top Blue, Wyatt Wright - Benton Busy Bees; Blue, Clare VanZelfden - Benton Busy Bees; Blue, Gracie Jones - Benton Busy Bees; Blue
    Vocal Solo - Senior: Tara Varner - Towanda Rustlers; 1st Top Blue
    Dance - Individual - Junior: Emma Larsen - Hickory Helpers; 1st Top Blue

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