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Pickens County 4-H'ers won the 2013 State 4-H Forestry Judging
Contest held recently at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama. Team members include: Anna Leigh Ashmore, Jessica Junkin, Seth Junkin, Clint Moss & Coach Sam Wiggins.
The team will represent Alabama at the
national competition in July in Weston, West Virginia, where Alabama 4-H teams
have won 17 national competitions since 1984, including 12 times in the
last 16 years.
The 2013 State 4-H Forestry Judging Junior winning team was Lee County.
“Young people learn to evaluate forest stands, measure standing
timber, identify trees, identify insects and diseases and demonstrate
compass and pacing skills,” said David Perry, 4-H regional Extension
agent, one of two program coordinators of the state 4-H Forestry
Invitational. “It’s a challenging competition but one that is fun for
youth to participate in.”
“Youth sharpen their critical-thinking, decision-making,
communication and team building skills,” says Cynthia Knowlton, 4-H
regional Extension agent who coordinates the Invitational with Perry.
“The contest’s activities will help youth learn practical forestry
skills and improve their ability to manage and conserve a variety of
forest habitats. They also develop their citizenship and leadership
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2013 State 4-H Forestry Invitational Winners
Pickens County – 1st
Tallapoosa County – 2nd
Lee County – 3rd
Clay County – 4th
Seth Rankins – 1st Lee Co.
Clint Moss – 2nd Pickens
Seth Junkins – 3rd Pickens Co.
Jessica Junkins- 4th Pickens Co.
Tyler Tapley – 5th Tallapoosa Co.
Lee County – 1st
Clay County – 2nd
Pickens County – 3rd
Gavin Rankins – 1st Lee Co.
Ethan Rankins – 2nd Lee Co.
Rice Nichols – 3rd Lee Co.
Mary Liphan – 4th Clay Co.
Ethan Koon – 5th Pickens Co.
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