The Virginia 4-H Skillathon Team wins national competition

Congratulations to Virginia’s 4-H Skillathon Team, which placed first at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon contest, held Nov. 14, 2013, during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Virginia 4-H Skillathon Team

Virginia’s Skillathon Team, front row, from left: Lindsey Fenster, Brandon Hamilton, Michael Roney, and Sarah Harris. Back row: coaches Patty Hamilton and Mary Lynne Harris.

This was the second time in two years that a team from Virginia has won the contest.

The team from Virginia included

  • Lindsey Fenster of Buchanan;
  • Michael Roney of Buchanan;
  • Sarah Harris of Buchanan; and
  • Brandon Hamilton of Buena Vista.

Patty Hamilton and Mary Lynne Harris served as the team’s coaches.

Overall, Virginia’s team scored 1,539 points to top 17 other state teams. Individually, Fenster finished first overall, Harris was fourth overall, and Michael Roney was eighth overall. The team placed first in identification, ninth in evaluation, and first in quality assurance.

Skillathon is a knowledge-based competition in meat and animal sciences. 4-H members compete in a series of individual and team activities in multiple areas of livestock production.

“These 4-Hers were motivated and practiced really hard for this contest. They worked numerous hours during the months before the contest, both together and independently. They were supportive of each other as individuals, and meshed very well as a team,” said Patty Hamilton, coach. “We are very proud of the team and the individual accomplishments. Mary Lynne and I are very lucky to have been able to work with this group of youngsters. We also like to thank Eric Stogdale, an agriculture education teacher at Fort Defiance High School, for his support and encouragement.”

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