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A Lee County team of senior 4-Hers won the 2014 State 4-H Forestry Judging Contest held June 10-11 at Auburn University. Team members are Seth Rankins, Gavin Rankins, Lisa Barron and Polly Barron.

Tallapoosa County won second place and Pickens County took third.

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Lee County Senior team members are left to right: Gavin Rankins, Lisa Barron, Polly Barron and Seth Rankins.

Seth Rankins of Lee County won first place. In the senior contest, other high scorers include second place – Gavin Rankins, Lee County; third place – Lisa Barron, Lee County; fourth place – Tyler Gardner, Tallapoosa County and fifth place – Dylan Teel, Tallapoosa County.

The Lee County Junior Team won first place in their division as well with Tallapoosa County winning second and Pickens County placing third.

Ethan Rankins of Lee County won first place at the junior level followed by second place – Rice Nichols, Lee County; third place – Blake Harris, Tallapoosa County; fourth place – Mollie Watkins, Pickens County and fifth place – Luke Koon, Pickens County.

The state Forestry Invitational is the event that shows the months of hard work 4-H members and their coaches have dedicated to learning and practicing forestry skills.

“Young people learn to evaluate forest stands, measure standing timber, identify trees, insects and diseases and demonstrate compass and pacing skills,” says David Perry, 4-H regional Extension agent, one of the program coordinators of the state 4-H Forestry Invitational. “It’s a challenging competition, but one that is fun for youth to participate in.”

The senior team will represent Alabama in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in Weston, W.Va. July 27-31.

Alabama has won first place 17 times since the Invitational began in 1980. Although Alabama did not win first place last year, a participant from Alabama won the Will McElfresh Award which is awarded to the individual who scores the highest point total in the competition. 



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