Jaden Kelly, Katie Hughes and Grace Hughes were the big winners at the recent provincial 4-H judging competition.
Winners were announced on Wednesday, Aug. 15 during 4-H Day at Old Home Week.
Seventeen 4-H members from clubs across the province participated in the annual competition, ranging in age from 9-21 years old. Judging is a skill taught to all 4-H members on P.E.I. While members enjoy honing their judging skills they are also gaining valuable practice in critical thinking and public speaking.
There were three divisions – junior, intermediate and senior. 4-H members evaluated classes of beef, dairy, rabbit, sewing and vegetables. As part of the competition, the members gave written placings for each class and then had to give oral reasons to each official judge as to their placings.
First place in the junior division went to Jaden Kelly of the Dunstaffnage-Marshfield 4-H Club; with second place going to Jenna Pollock of the Fort Augustus Shining Stars 4-H Club; and third to Samantha Wood of the Dunstaffnage-Marshfield 4-H Club.
First place in the intermediate division was Katie Hughes of the North River 4-H Club; second place was Jonah Wood of the Dunstaffnage-Marshfield 4-H Club; and third place was Lilly Wood of the North River 4-H Club.
First place in the senior division was Grace Hughes of the North River 4-H Club. For being the highest ranked participant of eligible age, Grace will travel to Regina, Sask., in November as a member of the Atlantic 4-H judging team to participate in the Canadian National 4-H & Youth Judging Competition at the Canadian Western Agribition.
The Top club Award winner was determined by combining the top three rankings from each club and this year it was won by the North River 4-H Club.