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Leon County Well Represented During Texas 4-H Roundup

TEXAS 4-H FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP -- James Rodell is presented a $10,000 Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation.

Leon County 4-H members recently participated in the 2018 Texas 4-H Roundup on June 12-14, at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Roundup encompasses numerous state level 4-H contests, scholarship presentations, recognition assemblies, educational workshops and evening entertainment. Roundup is the highlight of the 4-H year, in which months?and sometimes years?of hard work pay off for both youth and adult participants.

The Texas 4-H Foundation presented more than $2 million in scholarships to 4-H members. Leon County 4-H members brought home a total of $34,000 in scholarships from Texas 4-H. Natalie Uptmor received at $20,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. A $10,000 scholarship offered by the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation was presented to James Rodell. Matthew Roach received a $4,000 Texas 4-H Collegiate Scholarship. Natalie is the daughter of Weldon and Julie Uptmor of Buffalo. James is the son of John and Ruth Rodell of Buffalo. Matthew, currently a student at Midwestern State University, is the son of John and Lynn Roach of Centerville.

Contest Results include:

- In the Rifle Match, the team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 11th place.

- For the Invitational Ag Product ID Contest, Caleb Rappolee and Graci Kelley participated as Intermediate individuals, and the Senior team of Cole Rappolee, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 16th place.

- Natalie Uptmor placed 5th in the Buying Formal/Semi-formal category of the Fashion Show.

- In the Invitational Livestock Judging Contest, the Intermediate team of James Bodine, Cody Cox, Graci Kelley and Caleb Rappolee placed 16th, and the Senior team of Cole Rappolee, Gatlynn Johnson, Zoie Stevens and Annika Stevens earned 11th place. Jake Henigan also participated as a Senior individual.

- Emily Banda, Hayley de la Garza and Megan Green all brought home red ribbons for their Photography Contest entries.

- Anthony Banda took 10th place in Share the Fun Vocal.

- Samantha Bowers placed 5th in Share the Fun Solo/Band.

- Nathan Barrett participated in the Public Speaking Contest.

John Landry, a member of Normangee 4-H, was selected to sing the National Anthem during the Thursday evening assembly. He was only one of three 4-H members from across the state chosen for such an honor. John did a great job, and we were proud to have him sing for all those attending Roundup.

There were several great workshops offered as well as two service projects in which 4-H members and volunteers helped make scarves for a local mission center and ?a million thank you cards? for military service members.

4-H is the youth development program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For more information about 4-H and youth program opportunities, please contact the Extension office at 903-536-2531 or visit the http://guadalupe-tx.tamu.edu.Leon County 4-H website at http://leontx4-h.blogspot.com.