Washington County 4-Hers won
the 2014 State 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation contest held June 24-25 at Auburn
University. Team members are Thomas Anderson, Lexi Ferguson, Peyton Singleton
and Emily Wilson.
Cullman County won second
place and Sumter County took third.
Washington County Senior team members and coaches from left to right: Sarah Butterworth, Peyton Singleton, Lexi Ferguson, Emily Wilson, Thomas Anderson and Brandon Strickland.
Gavin Rankins of Lee County
won first place in the senior contest. Other high scorers include second place
– Lisa Barron, Lee County; third place – Drew Cooper, Morgan County; fourth place
– Polly Barron, Lee County and fifth place – Challie Johnson, Morgan County.
Ethan Rankins of Lee County
won first place at the junior level followed by second place – Cutter Green,
Cullman County; third place – Cole Burgett, Walker County; fourth place – Colby
Tyree, Cullman County and fifth place – Jane Barron, Lee County.
The Cullman County Junior
Team won first place in their division as well with Winston County winning
second and Walker County placing third.
The state Wildlife Habitat
Evaluation Program is dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat
management to 4-H youth. The annual contest is designed for 4-Hers to show what
they’ve learned with the help of their coaches in a friendly competition.
Cindy Knowlton, regional
Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and co-leader of
the event, says WHEP is one of the premier 4-H programs in the state.
“It’s an excellent, natural
way to learn and review environmental science components,” Knowlton says. “The
expectation is for the youth to study over a course of time and then do the
different events in the competition to show what they have learned.”
The senior team will
represent Alabama in the National 4-H WHEP Invitational in Columbia, Mo. July
Alabama has won first place
eight times since the contest began in 1989 and has won second place seven
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