4-H recognition and award winners

2018 Meats judging contest 

The University of Missouri Extension 4-H State Meats Judging contest on Feb. 17 drew 48 competing 4-H members. Working in partnership with the MU Meat Science Department and MU Collegiate Meats Judging Team, the contestants were provided an opportunity to develop and hone their judging skills, and explore future career and educational options. Youth involved with the meat judging program develop key life skills to aid in their future career success, and success as life-long consumers. Through involvement in a 4-H judging team members must make rapid, logical decisions and defend their decisions via oral reasons. Therefore, students improve their ability for critical thinking and accurate communication. In addition, students become organized and self-disciplined, learn to accept criticism, develop self-confidence and become leaders.. Alumni from the program have reported success in the meat judging competition has translated to employment opportunities, internships and scholarships. The senior team members placed 4th. Senior team members were Luke Anibal, Sam Anibal, Korbin Fast, Brett Rockers, and Grady Weaver and junior team members were Kelton AuBrey , Caleb Martin, Austin Pope, Shem Miller.

2018 Legislative Academy

Lydia Rockers, a nine year 4-H member was one of fourteen 4-H teens selected statewide to represent Missouri 4-H in Jefferson City, Feb. 19-21. Delegates were immersed in three branches of Missouri state government over three days.

Jasper County Youth Fair

The fair is open to youth organizations in Jasper County and is a way for youth to showcase their project work. The fair was held July 8-15 in Carthage, Missouri with 317 4-H and FFA members exhibiting 1,539 project items. 2017 Fair results (PDF) and special award winners (PDF).

2017 Jasper County Youth Fair Pageant

Queen: Mikayla Lund; Mikayla Lund also won Miss Congeniality, the winner of the interview session, and talent; Princess: Emilee Block, Miss Congeniality, Emilee Block; 1st runner up, Lydia Rockers, and 2nd runner up Keslee Dannels; Junior Princess: Elli Parsons; Miss Congeniality, Elli Parsons; 1st runner up, Allyssa Williams; 2nd runner up, Cate Martin; Country Little Miss: Faith Calvin; Country Little Mister, Sam Coats.  Other contestants were: Queen - Shantell Lee; Princess - Grace Beck, Jazmyne Deither, Savanna Fisher, Jordyn Jones, Katherine Macy and Bailey Niess; Junior Princess - Lacey Allen and Lauren Page; Country Little Miss - Anna Martin and Marlee Massey; and Country Little Mister - Owen Beck.

2017 Ozark Empire Fair

For over 80 years, the Ozark Empire Fair held in Springfield,  July 28 - August 6 has been a time for community celebration. Members earning a blue ribbon at the Jasper County Youth Fair may exhibit at OEF. This year 168 non-animal entires were chosen to advance. 2017 Jasper County 4-H non-animal exhibitor results (PDF).

2017 Missouri State Fair

Dating back to 1901, the Missouri State Fair is among the state's oldest and most tradition-rich events for summer family fun. Jasper County 4-H members qualified 115 non-animal projects (PDF). Livestock competition results can be found here.

2017 State Poultry Day

A youth training/skills demonstration event in an educational format.  Attending from Jasper County were Mackenzie Bell and Kaleb Bell.      


2017 4-H Welding Competition

Junior division - 1st place Lane Allen
Intermediate division -  2nd place Shem Miller, 4th place Tanner Kahl, 5th place Luke Anibal, and 6th place Seth Miller
Senior division - 3rd place Sam Anibal

2018 State Horse Judging 

The difference between 4-H and many other horse related opportunities is that the various competitions available focus first on youth development and “winning” a distant second goal. The senior team placed first. and will also participate in a National Contest in Oct. Senior members included: Mackenzie Bell (first place overall), Emilee Block, Isaiah Chandler (third place overall), Emily Egger, Evelyn Gilbreath, Samantha Schenck, Keslee Dannels, Jerry Watson, and Jessy Watson..Junior team members were Hope Miller, Tannah Grigg-Cassatt, Lannah Grigg-Cassatt, Laura Thorn, and Faith Calvin.

2018 Hippology Contest

Members participating in the contest were Mackenzie Bell, Emily Egger and Samantha Schenck.

2017 State Livestock Judging Team

The University of Missouri Extension 4-H State Livestock Judging contest on Aug. 26 drew 136 competing 4-H members. The Jasper County senior team placed 3rd at the State 4-H Livestock Judging contest. Members are Matthew Meyer, Jared Parrigon, Sadie Ramirez and Savanna Fisher.  The senior team will travel to Colorado in Jan. to compete at Nationals. The junior competitors were Kallie Cloud, Seth Miller, Aubrey Block, and Karli Buggs. Kallie Cloud and Matthew Meyer placed among the top ten individuals.

2017 livestock judging senior team

2017 State 4-H Fashion Revue

Eighty-seven young people from across the state participated. In addition to the competition, youth participated in workshops such as “Textile Exploration”, a session facilitated by the MU Textile and Apparel Management student organization that focused on using textiles in creative ways.  

Jasper County participants were Livia Dumm -2nd place in Clothes You Make: Wool award, intermediate division; Kelton AuBrey - 4th place in Clothes You Make, junior division.

Shooting Sports Contests

2017 Regional Shooting Sports Contest  
Seven Jasper County youth were among the 98 contest entries. Those competing were Chris Bowles, Emily Bowles, Tyler Dunnic, Korbin Fast, Brett Pennington, Cole Quade, and Sadie Ramirez.

2017 State Shooting Sports Contest 
Archery: Christopher Bowles, senior division: NFAA 300 Freestyle, 2nd place; blue ribbons in NFAA 300 compound release; 3D compound; American 600 compound; Brett Pennington, 2nd place 3D Compound Release; blue ribbons in American 600 compound and NFAA 300 compound release; Emily Bowles, intermediate division: NFAA 300 Freestyle, 1st place; Recurve 3D, 1st place. NFAA 300 Traditional recurve, 2nd place; American 600 recurve Freestyle, 1st place; Senior division: Sadie Ramirez,.22 Rifle Standard open, blue ribbon; Aubrey Niess, blue ribbon .22 Rifle Standard open; Korbin Fast, intermediate division, participated in .22 Rifle Standard open; Tyler Dunnic, intermediate; red ribbon in trap; Cole Quade, intermediate red ribbon trap single.  

Jasper County 4-H Achievement Day and Fashion Revue

The annual 4-H Achievement Day was held June 3, 2017 with 29 members registered in 116 judged events. 2017 Jasper County results (PDF)

Regional Achievement Day contest

Nineteen members competed at Regional Achievement Day held in Springfield on July 31, 2017. Results

State 4-H CongressState 4-H Congress participants

Youth from every corner of the state gathered on the University of Missouri campus May 31 - June 2 for the 72nd annual State 4-H Congress.  Teens ages 14-18 participated in a variety of hands-on workshops that fit their interests.  Choices ranged widely, from leadership development to acting, writing, and meteorology. 2017 Jasper County delegates included Emilee Block, Isaiah Chandler, Hannah Miller, Sadie Ramirez, Lydia Rockers, and Kaylee Talken.

Jasper County 4-H Awards Banquet recognition

The annual awards banquet was held November 4 in Carthage with over 70 members, volunteers and guests in attendance. The Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association honors 4-H members for their accomplishments during the past 4-H year. Volunteer leaders are also recognized. Here is a complete list of award winners.