Focus on Youth
News for OCES staff working with youth.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
By the time most of you get a chance read this issue of Focus on Youth another show season will be in the books!
While show season is on my mind I would like to share about the opportunity I had to participate in the OYE Legislative and Celebrity Showmanship event! This was my first time to "show" - PERIOD!
To participate in this event I was paired with a 4-H member from Creek County - Paike McNiel - and her ewe, Wilson! Paike provided me with an in-depth, college-level crash course in the art of showing sheep. Absorbing her wealth of knowledge like a sponge - the correct way to lead, setting the hind legs, hold the head up, bracing techniques, don't forget to look at the judge - I was an excellent student and a fast learner!
Knowing I followed all of her instructions to a T, I confidently awaited the judge! Studying me and Wilson he had no choice but to pick us - FIRST in the class!!!
I ROCKED THE SHOW RING!!!
OK, there are way too many witnesses, so here is what really happened. I forgot everything Paike taught me, and Wilson whispered to me that I was an amateur and that we had a better chance of winning if I would just let her show herself!
So as I contemplate my first time in the show arena, what I take away from this experience and will forever cherish is the time I spent with an AMAZING 4-H member who patiently taught me the art of showing sheep! The life skills she exhibited as she encouraged and prepared this amateur for the show only reaffirms my belief in the positive influence the 4-H Program has on our members!
Paike, THANK YOU for making my first show one I will never forget!
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff professional and 4-H member, we say "Thank You" for your commitment and dedication to Oklahoma 4-H!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Plans are underway for the 94th State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on campus July 22-24, 2015, with an optional "County Night Out" on July 21. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme "Building Your 4-H Legacy." Materials are being posted to the state 4-H website as available and will be finalized by the first week in May. For planning purposes the deadline for registration materials to arrive in Ag Conferences will be June 19.
We are once again housing in Kerr Drummond and the Suites. A couple things to highlight again this year:
- Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are submitted. If you want in the Suites, make sure to get your registration in early!
- Reservations for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration
The cost for Roundup will be - $113 for Kerr Drummond and $130 for the Suites. County night out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $29.50 for the Suites. Watch for updates on the state 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
The State Leadership Youth Council, State 4-H Office and Roundup committee are committed to offering the highest quality educational program possible. We are looking for persons to present educational workshops to youth, ages 13-19. The workshops need to be hands-on, motivational, upbeat and age appropriate. We would also like them to follow the theme "Building your 4-H Legacy" by teaching subject matter that encourages life skill development, promotes project work, and/or career exploration.
The workshop form can be found at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook/state-4-h-roundup . Please consider teaching one. Or, if you know of someone who does a quality workshop for youth, please try to recruit them. Workshop applications are due April 1, 2015.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact me at 405-744-8891.
The State 4-H Judging Contest (non-livestock) is adopting a new format for 2015. The contest will no longer be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma City State Fair but will now offer an educational component along with each judging contest. By moving to this format, we will be able to discuss the placings and rationale of each class which is critical to one's learning experience.
The reason for moving from the State Fair is based on the fact that the meeting space is no longer available. The Oklahoma County Extension Office has moved to their new facility. The State Fair is not able to accommodate meeting space needs to conduct contests of this nature. Therefore, the decision was made jointly with the Oklahoma City State Fair and the state 4-H faculty to conduct these events in this manner.
The event will be held Saturday, September 26th, on the campus of Oklahoma State University. There will be a $5.00 participant fee to cover the cost of awards, insurance, and other supplies. Medallions will be awarded to the top 3 teams and top 3 individuals in each contest. A minimum of 12 pre-registration participants is required for each contest to make.
Judging 101 for all participants
10:00 - 12:00
Track 1: Entomology
Track 2: Horticulture
12:00 - 1:30
Lunch on your own
1:00 - 1:30
Judging 101 (repeated session for those not attending at 9:30 a.m.)
1:45 - 3:45
Track 3: Consumer Decision Making
Track 4: Crops
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in either Track 1 or 2 during the morning and Track 3 or 4 during the afternoon. Youth will not be able to compete in all four contests. Counties are encouraged to recruit more youth who can divide up and compete in each contest.
Registration must be postmarked on or before September 15th, 2015, and sent to the state 4-H office. Checks are to be made payable to 4-H Conferences. Registration materials will be available July 1st.
Registration information will be sent out to counties in July and will require educator's signature to be accepted.
- Horticulture - Shelley Mitchell
- Entomology - Dr. Rick Grantham
- Crops - Mark Gregory, Plant and Soil Sciences faculty member
- Consumer - Cathy Allen
The State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest will be held April 18th, 2015, at the Totusek Arena. Check-in begins at 8 am, and live judging begins at 9 am. Entries are due by Monday, April 13. Find registration information here: http://osuhorse.okstate.edu/4-h-and-youth-activities/state-judging-contest-april-18th
Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist
Thanks to State 4-H Secretary Olivia Hamilton, 4-H members 9-18 from across Oklahoma will have the opportunity to compete in the "Be The Best In Oklahoma" public speaking contest. The purpose of this contest is to promote greater interest in public speaking and to allow all 4-H members the opportunity to develop and polish their public speaking skills.
This contest will be held May 16th at Stillwater Middle School, 2200 S. Sangre Road, Stillwater, OK. All participants must be enrolled in 4-H and be recognized 4-H members in their counties. For a list of all rules and guidelines for this event log on to http://oces.okstate.edu/pontotoc/4-h.
Join young inventors and artists from around the world in our Maker Camp Google Community to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual field trips, and meet the world's coolest makers. Maker Camp launches June 22nd, 2015, just days after the National Day of Making on June 18th, and packs eight weeks of fun projects and videos packaged in two 4-week sessions to accommodate everyone's summer activities schedule. Sign up to be a Maker Camp affiliate and inspire kids to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it. http://makercamp.com/
On April 1, 2015, the annual 4-H Mall Pre-Press sale will begin! For the entire month of April, all orders of 4-H curriculum books, bundles, and educational kits will receive a 25% discount. Start preparing now by taking a look at the Curriculum Catalog, Pre-Press Flyer, or simply browsing the full collection.
All due dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.