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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 27-30.

Alabama has won first place eight times since the contest began in 1989 and has won second place seven times.



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