Missouri 4-H'ers compete at 2023 Western National Roundup

  • Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eight Missouri 4-H members competed in January at the 2023 Western National Roundup, an annual event held in tandem with the Western National Stock Show in Denver. FFA and 4-H members from 27 states competed in various categories and project areas during the four-day event.

This year, Andrew Shelton of Barton County and Katy Wright of Clay County competed in prepared and impromptu speaking. Shelton placed second overall in impromptu speaking and Wright placed third overall in prepared speaking.

Rebekah Papasifakis, Johnson County, and Drake Ellison, Lafayette County, competed in the Fashion Revue, with Papasifakis placing fifth in the constructed garment category.

Delaney Davies, Gage Swindler and Rebecca Hunt of Caldwell County and Jorja Ebert of Clinton County competed as a team in livestock judging, placing 21st overall.

Missouri 4-H members chosen to compete at the Western National Roundup were selected from Missouri 4-H’s 2022 state competitions.

About 4-H

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization. The program empowers young people with skills to lead for a lifetime. Youths collaborate with caring adult mentors to lead hands-on projects in areas such as science, health, agriculture and citizenship. Mentors provide a positive environment where youths learn by doing. The 4-H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation.

Photos available:

From left, Katy Wright, Clay County; Rebekah Papasifakis, Johnson County; Andrew Shelton, Barton County, and Drake Ellison, Lafayette County.

From left, coach Cody Sloan; Rebecca Hunt, Caldwell County; Gage Swindler, Caldwell County; Jorja Ebert, Clinton County; and Delaney Davies, Caldwell County.

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