Sevier County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Members recently brought home honors in the Eastern Regional 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Competition held at The University of Tennessee Holston Research Farm in Knoxville.
Sevier County teams placed second, fifth and sixth in the Junior High Division and had several individuals earning individual placing awards. Overall, eleven Sevier County 4-H members participated in the Regional event.
At the Senior Level, Sevier County was represented by Rachel Jenkins, Pigeon Forge High School.
The Junior High Team that placed second included team members Keeara Barbee and Nate Sams – Homeschool, and Kylie McGrotha from New Center. The fifth place team included Jaiden Florkowski – Homeschool, Claire Jenkins – Pigeon Forge Middle and Daniel Powers – Sevierville Middle School. The sixth place team included Olivia Browning, William Barbee, Colin Tillman and Anthony Jose, all from the Homeschool School. As individuals in the Junior Division, Nate placed second, Daniel fourth, Olivia fifth and Kylie seventh.
In wildlife judging, 4-H members learn the fundamentals of wildlife and fisheries science and management. This includes managing land, water and populations of common wildlife species and making recommendations for on-site wildlife practices for landowners. Wildlife judging gives young people the opportunity to develop their decision making skills, while learning to identify common wildlife species in Tennessee.
The University of Tennessee Extension offers educational opportunities like these to anyone in Sevier County regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Glenn K Turner