MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 2012 Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest drew 11 teams in the senior division and 18 teams in the intermediate division.
The annual state contest was held Aug. 25, in Throckmorton Hall on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.
In the senior division (youth ages 14 to 18), Harvey County team members Josiah and Titus Schurter, both from Valley Center, and Haly Hendricks, from Newton, earned top honors with a total of 2,553 points.
The team was coached by Scott Eckert, K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent in Harvey County.
With its first place finish, the team earned the chance to compete in the national judging contest at the National Junior Horticultural Association Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Oct. 5-8.
This competition requires knowledge, judgment and practice to identify 120 different plant specimens, said Evelyn Neier, a K-State Research and 4-H youth development garden specialist who helped in staging and managing the contest.
Neier, who noted that the difference between first and second place was only six points, also gave high marks to youth ages 10 to 13 competing in the intermediate division.
The Wildcat Extension District Team earned the top award in the intermediate division with 2,228 points. Team members included Allison Higgins and Tegan Maxson, both from Edna; Shyanne Jones, from Mound Valley, and Amanda Shields, from Parsons. The team was coached by Christina Beason, from Edna, who also is the volunteer leader for the Sunflower 4-H Club, and Jacob Weber, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist for the Wildcat District, which includes Crawford, Labette and Montgomery counties.
The difference between first and second place in the intermediate division was eight points, Neier said.
A complete list of Horticulture Judging Contest results is online.
On the right side, go to “What Happened?” and scroll down to 2012 Horticulture Contest.
More information about the 4-H Horticulture Project is available on the website, and at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.
Story by: Nancy Petersonnancyp@ksu.eduK-State Research & Extension News
Evelyn Neier is at 785-410-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org