October 3, 2018
By Tamas Mondovics
Hard work has paid off for students across the county that have spent the past few weeks preparing fair exhibits, poultry for show and studying for judging teams. Senior high 4-H student Margaret Morrow took home seven 1st place, six 2nd place, two 3rd place, and three 4th place ribbons, while junior high 4-H’er Dalton Adams won two 1st place, two 2nd place, one 3rd place and two 4th place ribbons for his photos at the Appalachian Fair.
According to Danielle Pleasant with UT/TSU Extension of Johnson County, the two students were among the 83 youth that also had photos entered in the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville; where Morrow won a 2nd and 3rd place for her entries. Additionally, 4-H’ers spent the month of August preparing for 4-H Judging Day, which is host to the 4-H Eastern Region Forestry, Meat Evaluation, Consumer Decision Making and Life Skills judging competitions.
The current season had three teams represent Johnson County in the senior high meat evaluation contest, in which students must identify the species, primal, retail cut and cookery method for thirty cuts of meat from beef, lamb, and pork. Additionally, the students judge two classes of retail cuts and answer questions about them. Earning 8th place overall was Colton Long, Brett Ward, and Daisy Jimenez; in 9th place was Jaden Tolliver, Andrew Dugger and Cheyanne Pugh and in 10th place overall were Montana Pugh,
Omar Linares and Harlen Savery.
Junior high 4-H’ers Joshua Ransom and Rhiannon Wentworth also represented Johnson County in the Life Skills competition, in which students complete activities in financial transactions, food safety and nutrition, as well as child development.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our 4-H’ers accomplishments,” Pleasant said. “A special thanks goes out to Tracy Dugger and Sirrena Wiggins for coaching the meat evaluation teams.”
Following the judging competitions, students enjoyed the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville preceding the awards ceremony.