History made; Illinois wins National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest: Local 4-Hers on team - U of I Extension

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History made; Illinois wins National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest: Local 4-Hers on team

This article was originally published on November 20, 2018 and expired on December 15, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

Never, since its inception in 1919, has the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest ended in a tie; that is, until this year. The 4-H teams from Illinois and Virginia were even at the end of competition. Illinois was named the national champion based on its higher reasons score.

In addition to the team championship, Illinois 4-H member Mason Engnell of McDonough County was named the overall individual winner of the contest held Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky.

Other members of the team include Nicole Haverback of Henry County, Jake Bohnsack of Rock Island County, Clay Sundberg of LaSalle County, and Jenna Wheeler of Morgan County. University of Illinois graduate student Gracia Ramp coached the team to victory.

In addition to their third place finish in the reasons division, the team placed second in swine, third in beef cattle, and seventh in sheep.

Team members took top individual honors, also, said Dan Jennings, U of I Extension 4-H animal science educator. Engnell earned his overall championship by placing second in cattle, third in reasons, fourth in swine, and seventh in sheep. Sundberg finished 14th overall, scoring second in swine, seventh in reasons, and 22nd in cattle. Haverback finished 18th overall, with a ninth place finish in cattle and 23rd place finish in reasons. Wheeler was 23rd overall, finishing fifth in swine and sixth in cattle.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation supports the national competition team. The national contest is the top educational contest for youth involved in livestock evaluation programs, Jennings said.

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4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM: Illinois claimed the national championship title at the 2018 National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held Nov. 3 in Louisville, Ky. Pictured (seated, left to right) are Nicole Haverback, Mason Engnell, Jenna Wheeler, and Clay Sundberg; and (back) Coach Gracia Ramp and Jake Bohnsack.

About 4-H: Illinois 4-H empowers and prepares Illinois youth for success. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois, affecting the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs, groups and short-term programming.

For Further Information Contact:

News Source: Dan Jennings, U of I Extension 4-H Animal Science educator, 815-395-5710, djjennin@illinois.edu

News Writer: Judy Mae Bingman, Extension 4-H Media & Communication Specialist, 217-300-2113, jmbingma@illinois.edu

 

Source: Daniel J. Jennings, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Animal Systems, djjennin@illinois.edu

Pull date: December 15, 2018