Sumner County Wins National 4-H Wildlife Judging Contest

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Daniel Sarver, Extension Specialist

The Sumner County 4-H team claimed the top prize at the 2019 National Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Contest held July 14-17 in Junction City, Kansas.

The team competed against approximately 100 students from across the country to win first place in the national contest.

Participants in the national competition are tested on their knowledge of topics ranging from various wildlife habitats for select species to best management practices that benefit wildlife. The team developed, presented and defended a wildlife management plan for a previously unseen property.

Individually, Parker placed 2nd, Tuttle placed 6th, Sanborn placed 11th and Brizendine placed 13th.

The team began practicing in April and qualified for the national contest by winning the Central Region 4-H Wildlife Judging Contest in Morrison, Tenn. on May 20.     They advanced to the National Contest by winning the State 4-H Wildlife Judging Contest in Tullahoma, Tenn. on June 13.

Sumner County would like to thank UT specialist, Craig Harper and Larry Tankersley, for their continued support. Their dedication, to the judging team program, prepares youth to compete and win at the highest level.

Sumner County 4-H Wins National 4-H Wildlife Judg- ing Contest
Pictured left to right are Clint Parker, UT Extension Agent for Sumner County, Hunter Tuttle, Rachel Brizendine, Emma Sanborn, and Austin Parker.