Etowah County 4-H baking winners recognized

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Every year, the Etowah County 4-H Program holds a county-level Junior Baked Foods Contest & Healthy Living for Life Contest during the month of February. This year’s event was held at the Rainbow City Community Center. 

The Etowah County 4-H Junior Baked Foods Contest is one of our most popular contests. To qualify for this county-level contest, Junior (ages 9-11) and Intermediate (ages 12-13) 4-H members must first compete and win either 1st or 2nd place in their 4-H club level Junior Baked Foods Contest held at their school or their special interest 4-H club meeting.  In this contest, 4-H members are required to prepare 3 baked goods from the following categories:  cookie, cake, yeast bread, and quick bread.

They are also asked to create a theme and table display to showcase their baked goods.

They each get a chance to be interviewed by our 4-H volunteer judges and present them with recipes and nutrition information for all of their food creations. A total of 22 4-H members participated in this 4-H contest, with 20 competing in the Junior age category and 2 competing in the Intermediate age category.

The other contest that was held at this event was the 4-H Healthy Living for Life contest.  This contest is for our Senior I (ages 14-15) and Senior II (ages 16-18) 4-H members.  This county-level contest has no prerequisites other than the youth must be a current 4-H member in good standing. During this contest, the 4-H members are asked to prepare an exhibit that addresses some important aspect of food, nutrition, and health.  The purpose of the exhibits is to inform the audience about the topic they choose.  We had a total of three participants for this contest, with two participating in the Senior I age category and 1 participating in the Senior II age category.

The 4-H members did a great job and their respective clubs well. Following is a list of the winners and participants for both contests:

Junior Baked Foods (Junior) – 1st: Aubrey Roe (Carlisle Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), 2nd: Azalea McRae (Eura Brown Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club), and 3rd: Jaclyn Mayben (Southside Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club). Participants: Abby Simmons (West End Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Alija Bell (Eura Brown Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club), Allison Perry (Ivalee Elementary 6th Grade 4-H Club), Brayden Scott (Glencoe Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Chloe Gattis (Southside Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Claire Elizabeth Calvert (Eura Brown Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club), Elizabeth Edge (Hokes Bluff Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Elizabeth Griffith (Hokes Bluff Community 4-H Club), Elizabeth Lovett (Hokes Bluff Community 4-H Club), Hannah Griffith (Hokes Bluff Community 4-H Club), Haylie Jones (Carlisle Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Katherine Chumley (Eura Brown Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club), Leah Hooks (Southside Elementary 4th Grade 4-H Club), Lindsey Sayles-Thornton (Floyd Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club), Madison Vaughn (Ivalee Elementary 6th Grade 4-H Club), Marissa Womack (Etowah County Clovers 4-H Club), and Tristan Scripps (Eura Brown Elementary 5th Grade 4-H Club).

Junior Baked Foods (Intermediate) – 1st:  Sara Summerhill (Carlisle 6th Grade 4-H Club) and 2nd: Chloe Fortenberry (Ivalee Elementary 6th Grade 4-H Club).

Healthy Living for Life (Senior I) – 1st: Hannah Byrd and 2nd: Isaac Byrd (both of the Etowah County Homeschool 4-H Club)

Healthy Living for Life (Senior II) – 1st: Malachi Byrd (Etowah County Homeschool 4-H Club)

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