For the first time in its eight year history, the Keller 4-H Club was the top scoring club at the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Will Rogers Center in Fort Worth.
Some 23 members submitted about 80 entries in the show, with every member earning points for the club with high finishes. Students entered livestock ( lambs, cattle, horses, poultry, swine and rabbits), arts and crafts, baked goods, photography, woodworking and more.
“I like 4-H because it provides a good learning environment. You get experiences that are outside of the box,” said Emily Titus, a senior at Steele Accelerated High School in Roanoke, and club president.
Keller club members come from Keller, Roanoke, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Saginaw.
Emily received Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion awards for her chickens.
Connie Roach, Keller resident and club manager, said the organization has grown rapidly in recent years because of the dedication of the families involved. Club members have been successful in the past at shows, but this year the group hit a critical mass in numbers and knowledge.
“I think our learning as a club has helped and where to enter in the right division and experience in showing,” Roach said.
Mark Morgan, of Fort Worth, said his children have benefited greatly from 4-H. “Kids learn a real sense of responsibility,” Morgan said. “They are caring for animals twice a day every day and working with them.”
Son Max Morgan, 12, said the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show was his first big competition in 4-H. He showed a lamb and entered a table he designed and welded together.
Although Max is new to the 4-H competition, he recently promoted 4-H in his neighborhood by showing off his sheep and allowing kids to come in the pen and help care for the animal.
McKinley Brandt, 13, of North Richland Hills, has won plenty of awards by showing livestock and baking pies and other treats. “It shows you that hard work pays off,” McKinley said.
Students can win scholarships worth thousands of dollars through 4-H experiences, Roach said. The club requires students to maintain a grade point average of 2.5 to compete in shows, the same GPA as for UIL activities. Kids with high grades and solid test scores are eligible for scholarships.
The Keller 4-H Club meets at the Keller Lion’s Club. For more information, contact Roach: firstname.lastname@example.org.