Level II Project Winners
Photography Project: Faith d’Ablaing
Faith d’Ablaing was named the state level II winner in the Photography Project at Tennessee 4-H Roundup. Faith worked to develop her photography skills over the last nine years and entered a number of photos in local and state competitions. She used her photography skills to help document events in her community including local vacation Bible schools. Faith served as a teen leader at Junior 4-H Camp and Crazy Critters Camp and credits these experiences with helping develop her leadership and communication skills. Outside of 4-H, Faith volunteered frequently with her church’s children ministry and worked in the church’s nursery. She will graduate from high school in 2019.
Computers and Technology Project: Kade Allen
Kade Allen, a 4-H’er from Macon County is the state winner in the Level II Computers and Technology Project. In his project area, Kade helped produce and edit a number of videos that helped promote 4-H and UT Extension during Extension Month, and used his knowledge of computers to build a custom PC. His work in this project area helped him win the Level I Computers and Technology Project competition at Tennessee 4-H Roundup, but Kade actively participated in a number of other 4-H events including livestock judging and sheep-showing competitions. In his 4-H club, he served as the Macon County 4-H Honor Club Vice President, and outside of 4-H, Kade has been involved in his high school’s Interact Club and Student Government. Kade will graduate from Macon County High School in 2019 and plans to attend Tennessee Technological University after graduation.
Food Science Project: Santana Bingham
Santana Bingham will attend National 4-H Congress as a state winner in the Level II Food Science Project. For six years, Santana worked in his project area to help teach youth in Madison County about healthy lifestyles, food safety and cooking techniques. He served as a Tennessee 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador and traveled throughout the state and country to help implement healthy living programming. In addition to his project work, Santana participated in a 4-H Exchange program with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and traveled to the Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to learn about their 4-H program, history and culture. Santana served as Vice President of the Madison County 4-H Honor Club and as a Representative at Large on the Tennessee 4-H State Council. Santana recently graduated from high school and will attend the University of Tennessee – Martin to study psychology.
Engineering and Safety Science Project: Ben Bolinsky
Ben Bolinsky of Jefferson County will attend National 4-H Congress as a state winner in the Level II Engineering and Safety Science Project. As part of his project, Ben worked with the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and members of his community to learn about engineering and to use these skills to build structures and fix motors for churches and other individuals in his community. Outside of his project area, Ben served as a teen leader at 4-H Camp and used his experiences in 4-H to help come up with new service projects his local 4-H club could complete. Ben is a member of his high school’s math and science club and is an Eagle Scout. Ben will graduate from Jefferson County High School in 2019 and then plans to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville to study structural engineering.
Performing Arts and Recreation Project: Caroline Brooks
Caroline Brooks, a 4-H’er from Warren County will attend National 4-H Congress as a state winner in the Performing Arts and Recreation Project. Caroline’s project works include over six years with groups including the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, the Dream Reality Musical Theater Group, and the Warren Allstars competitive cheerleading group. Brooks was named the Level I Performing Arts and Recreation Winner and was part of the second place team at the World Summit Competitive Cheerleading Competition. She also participated in the Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Project and served as a Healthy Living Ambassador in her county. As a leader in her community, Caroline led through positions including President of the Warren County
4-H Honor Club, as a member of the Extension Advisory Council, and as Vice President of the Tennessee 4-H State Council. Caroline will graduate from Warren County High School this year and plans on studying political science at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.
Entomology Project: Samantha Bussell
Samantha Bussell of Macon County is a state winner in the Level II Entomology Project. For eight years, she developed her understanding of managing honey bees and ability to communicate to others about the importance of caring for bees. Samantha traveled throughout Middle Tennessee to talk to groups including the Daughters of the American Revolution to promote beekeeping and teach others about it. She also worked in the beef project and has experience showing cattle and judging livestock. Samantha served as her county’s June Dairy Month Chair and as an FFA Officer in her local chapter. Samantha will graduate from Macon County High School in 2019 and plans to attend college at Volunteer State Community College to pursue a degree in communications.
Horse Project: Charity Chandler
Charity Chandler will attend National 4-H Congress as a state winner in the Level II Horse Project. Charity participated in hippology, horse bowl, and horse-showing competitions for over seven years and earned a number of awards including being named Reserve High Point in the Tennessee Walking Horse Division at the State Horse Show. Competing on the local, state and national levels allowed Charity to gain a number of leadership, teamwork and communication skills that were valuable when she helped coach hippology teams and served as Vice President of her 4-H Horse Club. She will graduate from Heritage Covenant High School in 2019 and plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University after graduating to pursue a degree in animal science.
Clothing and Textiles Project: Anna Chester
Monroe County’s Anna Chester will attend the 2018 National 4-H Congress as the state winner in the Clothing and Textiles Project. In her project area, she helped lead a number of sewing and design camps over the past eight years to teach younger 4-H’ers how to use sewing machines and other equipment to make different items. In addition to her project work, Anna participated in 4-H public speaking competitions and judging competitions and served as President of her local 4-H Honor Club. Outside of 4-H, she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club to teach fitness classes and worked with the nursery at her church. She will graduate from Sweetwater High School in 2019 and plans to pursue a college degree in business after graduation.
Engineering and Safety Science Project: Nelani Colletti
Nelani Colletti is a 2018 state winner in the Level II Engineering and Safety Science Project. For several years, she participated and helped lead STEM and robotics classes that taught around 30 youth how to build and program their own Lego robot. Nelani helped teach youth how to write computer code and learn how to use different building materials to construct bridges. Her work earned her several awards on the county level. In addition, she participated in the communications and line and design projects as well. Nelani served as the Secretary and Vice President of her local 4-H club and as a Representative at Large on the Tennessee 4-H State Council. Nelani will graduate from high school in 2019 and plans to attend the University of Memphis to pursue a degree in biology with hopes of attending medical school one day.
Beef Project: Juliann Fears
Juliann Fears of Lincoln County is the state winner in the Level II Beef Project. Juliann grew up on a farm with her parents, Pete Fears and Linda LaFontaine, and over the past six years, her experiences feeding and caring for cattle helped prepare her to show Angus cattle and to compete in local, state and national livestock judging competitions. Juliann is a member of the National Champion Skillathon Team and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. Outside of her project area, she served in a number of leadership positions including President of the Lincoln County 4-H Honor Club and as a member of the First National Bank Student Advisory Board. She plans to attend Motlow State Community College in the fall to pursue a degree in agribusiness or animal science.
Consumer Education and Economics Project: Hayden Galloway
Lawrence County’s Hayden Galloway will attend National 4-H Congress as the state winner in the Level II Consumer Education and Economics Project. As part of her project work, Hayden worked with local nonprofits to complete a number of service projects including hosting a workshop where 4-H’ers came together to knit hats for babies born with heart defects and collected food to be donated to a food bank. During these workshops, 4-H’ers were led in exercises to compare the prices of different yarns used to knit hats and food items that would be donated. Outside of her project, Hayden served as the Parliamentarian of her local 4-H Club and participated in the personal development and photography projects. She will graduate from high school in 2019 and plans to attend Columbia State to study veterinary science.
Line and Design Project: Hannah Freeland
Hannah Freeland of Knox County was named a state winner in the Level II Line and Design Project at the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup. Seven years of project work allowed Hannah to develop her technical and creative abilities to design fashion and construct clothing. She participated in the Knox County Summer Sewing camp for five years where she eventually learned how to design and sew her own prom dress. In addition to sewing and design, Hannah explored her interest in art and painting. Competing in her project area allowed her to attend the Western National Roundup where she won third place in the FCS quiz bowl and first place in the clothing construction and fashion revue. Hannah served as a leader in and outside of the 4-H program through rolls including President of her local 4-H Club. She will graduate from high school in 2019 and plans to study political science in college with hopes of attending law school.
Communications Project: Grace Harville
Grace Harville, a 4-H’er from Smith County is the state winner in the Level II Communications Project. For eight years, Grace sought out opportunities to weave her interest in communications and journalism into other 4-H project areas such as Food Science. She has her own show, “Seasoned with Grace” that airs on her school’s cable channel as well as on a regional TV channel. Grace also competed on the local, state and national level in public speaking competitions. As a leader in her community, she served as her 4-H Club’s President and as a Healthy Living Ambassador, and outside of the 4-H program she participated in her school’s FCCLA Club and currently serves as the FCCLA State President. Grace will graduate from Smith County High School in 2019 and plans to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville upon graduation.
Food Science Project: Lindsey Hedrick
Lindsey Hedrick, a Sevier County 4-H’er, will attend National 4-H Congress as a state winner in the Food Science Project. As part of her project work, Lindsey participated in a number of baking competitions and cooking workshops through the Sevier County 4-H Program. In addition to her work in the Food Science Project, Lindsey actively competed in through the Communications Project for several years and won the State 4-H Public Speaking Competition at Tennessee 4-H Congress in ninth grade. Lindsey is a member of the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and graduates from Berean Christian High School in 2019. After graduation, she plans to attend Belmont University or the University of Tennessee – Knoxville to pursue a degree in nursing.
Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project: Aleise Hill
Aleise Hill is an eight-year member of the Tennessee 4-H program who will attend National 4-H Congress as a winner in the Level II Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project. Participating in this project for seven years allowed Aleise to gain experience working in state parks, preparing for wildlife judging competitions, and learning about education and career paths in wildlife biology. She was part of state-winning wildlife judging teams and won the wildlife quiz bowl at Forestry Camp. In addition, she competed in poultry and livestock judging competitions and showed hogs at 4-H and FFA events. Aleise used her time and efforts to serve her community and the 4-H program by organizing food drives and Day of the Clover. She recently graduated from Westmoreland High School and will attend Volunteer State Community College to study environmental science.
Line and Design Project: Elizabeth House
Elizabeth House, a 4-H’er from Cannon County was named a state winner in the Level II Line and Design Project at the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup. For seven years, Elizabeth’s project work focused on developing her skills as an artist. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Cannon County Art Center, won awards through her high school’s art contest, and helped her win the Level I Line and Design Project at the 2016 Tennessee 4-H Roundup. She developed her skills as a leader and servant through her time as Service Chair, Secretary and President of the Cannon County 4-H Honor Club. These skills and her interest in art led Elizabeth to organize an after-school art program for students with special needs. Elizabeth will graduate from Cannon County High School in 2019 and then plans to attend East Tennessee State University to study public health and art.
Horticulture and Garden Project: Sadarius Johnson
Sadarius Johnson is a state winner in the Level II Horticulture and Garden Project. For several years, he spent time with his grandfather learning how to garden and using these experiences to teach others about healthy lifestyles. Sadarius is a Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador in Crockett County and travels to local elementary schools to help teach younger students. As a servant leader, he helped with a number of service projects including making care packages for residents of St. Jude’s Target House and leading activities at a two-day Target House camp. Sadarius will graduate from Crockett County High School in 2019.
Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Project: Shelby Mainord
Shelby Mainord, a 4-H’er from Putnam County won the state Level II Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Project. For several years, her work as a Healthy Living Ambassador allowed her to travel throughout Putnam County teaching youth about healthy lifestyles and nutrition. Her interest in this project area translated into her service work through her church as she actively worked to collect, organize and distribute food through local food pantries. Shelby took part in the citizenship, leadership and consumer decision-making projects as well and competed in the consumer decision-making competition at Western National Roundup as part of the winning team. Shelby led and served through the 4-H program as part of the Central Region All Star Council and Tennessee 4-H State Council. She will take the experiences and skills learned through 4-H to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville this fall where she will pursue a degree in agriculture business.
Consumer Education and Economics: Archasia Mann
Archasia Mann is a State Level II winner in the Consumer Education and Economics Project. Archasia, a 4-H’er from Madison County, completed work in her project area for several years and had the chance to help with projects such as Madison County 4-H Programs including Kids Night Out and the Chicken Shack. In addition to her project work, Archasia is a Tennessee 4-H All Star and actively uses her time and efforts to help with projects including Operation Christmas Child. She will graduate from high school in 2019 and plans to attend Arkansas State University to study sonography.
Personal Development Project: Sarah Myers
Sarah Myers of Crockett County is the state winner in the Level II Personal Development Project. For four years, Sarah engaged in project work that allowed her to develop public speaking, leadership and organization skills while teaching younger 4-H’ers valuable skills. She developed a STEM and life skills program that engaged 75 youth through after-school programs each month. In addition, she competed in horse bowl, hippology, and consumer decision-making competitions where she won awards as part of regional- and state-winning teams. Sarah dedicated her time and efforts to lead and serve her community as President of the Crockett County 4-H Honor Club and as a member of the Western Region 4-H All Star Council. Outside of 4-H, she has been an active part of St. Jude’s Target House Summer Camp and the Crockett County Youth Leadership program. Sarah will enroll at Jackson State Community College this fall.
Vet Science Project: Emily Nave
Emily Nave will attend National 4-H Congress as the state winner in the Level II Vet Science Project. Growing up on her family’s farm, agriculture has been an important part of Emily’s life for as long as she can remember. Since joining 4-H, Emily has raised and shown over 60 sheep and 40 cattle. Her work earned her recognition as a premiere exhibitor and the Showmanship Champion at the 2018 Sheep Expo. Emily also participated in outdoor meat cookery, meats judging, livestock judging and poultry judging competitions. As a leader in the 4-H program, Emily served as the Central Region All Star Scribe and State 4-H All Star Chief. Outside of 4-H, she was active in her local FFA and HOSA chapters. Emily will graduate from Cannon County High School this year.
Poultry Project: Abby Parker
Abby Parker of Bedford County was named the state winner in the Level II Poultry Project at the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup. Eight years of experience in the Poultry Project gives Abby the chance to compete on the local and state level and to teach others the work she does. In her community, Abby works as part of an Environmental Awareness Week program to teach youth about poultry and to give them a chance to interact with her chickens. She gives speeches and presentations to different community groups and 4-H programs about her project work as well. Outside of the poultry project, Abby competed in livestock judging and consumer decision-making competitions and traveled to New York as part of a 4-H Exchange program. Abby’s experiences in 4-H prepared her to serve as a teen leader at Junior 4-H Camp and as a leader in her American Heritage Girls Troop. She will graduate from Gateway Christian School this year and plans to attend Motlow State Community College to pursue a career as a paramedic.
Dairy Project: Kendal Penick
Kendal Penick will attend National 4-H Congress as the state Level II winner in the Dairy Project. Participating in the Dairy Project for over nine years, Kendal helped organize and lead a number of activities in his county to teach others about dairy farming and production. For two years, he has served as his county’s June Dairy Month Chairman and wrote numerous articles published in the local newspaper to promote June Dairy Month. Outside of his project area, Kendal took part in the Performing Arts and Recreation Project and is a member of the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe. Kendal served as President of his local 4-H Honor Club and currently serves as a Senior Representative on the Tennessee 4-H State Council. Kendal will graduate from high school in 2019.
Plant Science Project: Hannah Robbins
Hannah Robbins, a 4-H’er from Roane County, is the state winner in the Level II Plant Science Project. Hannah’s interest in plant science and gardening led her to participate in workshops and classes in her community and use this information to help her family start their own vegetable garden. Her work in the horticulture and gardening, and nutrition, health and fitness projects contributed to her ability to communicate to her family and others how gardening can lead to healthier lifestyles and improve the environment. She developed her leadership and communication skills through 4-H events including the Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference and used these skills to help organize service projects to benefit food banks in her community. Hannah will graduate from Oliver Springs High School this year and then plans on attending East Tennessee State University.
Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project: Brianna Saylor
Brianna Saylor of Knox County is a state winner in the Level II Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project. Brianna worked with teachers at her high school and UT Extension staff to create a lesson plan used by Zoo Knoxville and Tennessee 4-H to teach youth about animals and their unique adaptations. She participated in wildlife judging competitions and was part of the champion judging team at a national wildlife judging competition. As a leader in the 4-H program, Brianna served as a teen leader for an overnight wildlife and forestry project group event and organized service opportunities for 4-H’ers at Farragut Middle School. Brianna will graduate from Hardin Valley Academy in 2019 and hopes to pursue further education and a career related to forestry, wildlife, and fisheries.
Companion Animal Project: Hannah Steger
Hannah Steger will attend National 4-H Congress as the state winner in the Level II Companion Animal Project. Through her project work, Hannah trained her dog to become a certified therapy dog. Hannah and her dog worked through Therapy Dog International to help dementia patients, promote reading programs, and teach youth about responsible pet ownership. Annie, Hannah’s therapy dog, won the Top Dog title at a local dog show. Outside of her project area, Hannah competed in outdoor meat cookery, horse judging and sewing project groups. She credits her involvement in public speaking competitions for preparing her to confidently lead project group sessions or meeting of her local 4-H club. Hannah used these leadership and communications skills as President of the Putnam County 4-H Honor Club and as part of the Putnam County Junior Fair Board. Hannah will enroll in Tennessee Technological University this fall to pursue a degree in human ecology.
Sheep Project: Karley Warner
Karley Warner, a 4-H’er from Van Buren County, was named the state winner in the Level II Sheep Project. For eight years, she raised and showed flocks of sheep and worked with other farmers in the area to help raise and show their sheep as well. Karley won the Level I Sheep Project competition and received top honors with her Wethers at the 2011 and 2012 State Sheep Expos. Her involvement in the 4-H program pushed her to take part in leadership development programs that eventually prepared her to help run her family’s agritourism business. Karley credits her work in 4-H for giving her the communication, teamwork and leadership skills needed to educate students and families who visit their farm. She will graduate from White County High School this year and plans on attending the University of Tennessee – Martin to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Clothing and Textiles project area: Hannah Bernhard
Hannah Bernhard is the winner of the Clothing and Textiles project area. She has been involved in this project area since a young age, and through it has attended academic conference, Line and Design Camp and National 4-H Roundup. Hannah has competed in many public speaking, judging team and fashion show competitions.
Level I Project Winners
Beef Project: Haylee Ferguson
Haylee Ferguson of Rutherford County is the 2018 winner of the Beef Project, an area in which she has excelled both on the regional and state level over the last six years. Agriculture has played an important role in Ferguson’s life as she grew up on her family’s farm. Since turning her focus to the Beef Project, Ferguson has shown cattle on the local, regional and state level, and her hard work helped her win awards at both the State Showmanship and State Skillathon Championships. Additionally, Ferguson has participated in 4-H public speaking competitions, served as the Vice President of the Rutherford County 4-H Livestock Club and is an active member of her local FFA chapter, Beta Club and Student Council.
Clothing & Textiles Project: Jordan Bowling
Jordan Bowling of Anderson County was named a state winner in the Level I Clothing and Textiles Project. Bowling has been an active Clothing & Textiles Project participant for eight years and has participated in both county and regional conferences centered on developing her ability to design and sew clothing. Bowling has used these skills to teach sewing workshops at camps for youth with special needs. Outside of her project area, she has served as a camp counselor at Junior 4-H Camp and as an officer of the Eastern Region All Star Council. Bowling attends Anderson County High School, where she is a member of the student government and the Health Occupation Students of America clubs.
Clothing & Textiles Project: Rebekah Jones
Williamson County’s Rebekah Jones was named one of the Clothing & Textiles Project winners at the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup. As part of her project work, Jones has participated in several 4-H fashion shows, workshops and even served as a teen leader, planning service projects for her group. Jones has also competed in the Nutrition, Health and Fitness Project and served as a healthy lifestyle ambassador for Williamson County. Outside of 4-H, Rebekah volunteers with her church’s children’s department.
Communications Project: Leiah Wilkins
Leiah Wilkins is no stranger to the Communications Project. The Hamilton County resident has competed in local, regional and state speech competitions, where she has been rewarded with everything from first place to college scholarships. Wilkins credits her participation in the Communications Project with helping to instill the confidence and leadership skills she needed to step up as a leader in her community and her 4-H Club. Wilkins served as Vice President and Secretary of the Hamilton County 4-H Honor Club and recently was selected to serve as a Representative at Large for the Tennessee 4-H State Council. When Wilkins completes her high school education, she hopes to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Companion Animal Project: Emma Kiser
Emma Kiser was named one of the 2018 Companion Animal Project winners. The McNairy County resident is the most High Point Award winner for Speed Events from the McNairy County Equine Association and has won the Horizon Award and scholarship. Her initial interest in 4-H stems from participation in the 4-H Chick Chain and she’s been an active participant since.
Companion Animal Project: Aniya McCurrie
Hailing from Madison County is Aniya McCurrie, one of the 2018 Companion Animal Project winners. As part of her project, McCurrie devotes time to training dogs, teaching them new tricks and building a sense of trust between the animal and its owner. Outside of the Companion Animal Project area, McCurrie actively participates in Line and Design Project and has served as a teen leader at camps. Throughout her participation in 4-H, McCurrie has learned about leadership and responsibility, which have helped her serve as a leader in her local 4-H club and school, where she works with first-year mentoring programs.
Computers & Technology Project: Isaiah Osborne
This year’s Computers and Technology Project winner is Isaiah Osborne of Williamson County. He has planned and led robotics classes for 20 local 4-H’ers who enter their creations in the Williamson County Fair. In addition to his project work, Osborne participates in both the Goat and Communications Projects and was named Reserve Champion in the market Goat Show. Serving as both a Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador and a leader in the county’s 4-H Livestock Project group, Osborne says he has developed important leadership and communication skills that have helped him be successful. Outside of 4-H, Osborne is a member of his church’s youth orchestra and the Tennessee Youth Symphony.
Consumer Education & Economics Project: Allyson Hanna
Allyson Hanna, a high school junior, is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only was Hanna selected as one of this year’s Consumer Education & Economics Project winners, but she is also heavily involved in the Vet Science, Poultry and Companion Animal Projects and currently serves as the Wilson County 4-H Honor Club’s Vice President. Under Hanna’s leadership, she helped bring together a group of 4-H’ers who have competed in the 4-H Life Skills and Consumer Decision Making Judging Competitions numerous times on both the local and regional level. Hanna earned top honors in the Consumer Decision Making Competition at the Tennessee Valley Fair. After graduating high school, Hanna hopes to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and study business.
Consumer Education & Economics Project: Avery Lamberson
Avery Lamberson was named one of the 2018 Level I Consumer Education & Economics Project winners. Lamberson has served as the Wilson County Honor Club President, Vice President and a 4-H Camp teen leader, all of which have helped her to grow as a person and strengthen her communication and leadership skills. She also believes that her participation in the Archery Club and Wilson County’s Junior Fair Boards has helped her develop a better understanding of her desired project area. When she is not participating in various 4-H activities, Lamberson plays for her school’s soccer team and concert band.
Dairy Project: Maggie Dunivan
Growing up on her family’s dairy farm, Maggie Dunivan has always been around cattle and taken care of them, so it is no surprise that she is the 2018 Dairy Project winner. The Lincoln County resident has raised and shown a herd of Holstein cattle, with the assistance of her family, 4-H and FFA advisors, as part of her project work. Through her involvement with the dairy project, Dunivan has competed in dairy judging and quiz bowl events, and was awarded multiple titles at the Tennessee State Junior Dairy Show. Dunivan’s experience showing cattle has helped her develop teamwork, organizational and communication skills, which prepared her to serve as President of the Tennessee Junior Holstein Association.
Engineering & Safety Science Project: Timothy Held
Timothy Held added Level I Winner for Engineering & Food Safety to his extensive resume at this year’s Roundup. After attending numerous camps and conferences centered around computer science and engineering, Held has been able to lead workshops on coding, robots and design as well as serving as a counselor at the Tennessee 4-H Electric Camp. Held has also attended the Volkswagen Summer Academy and notes that 4-H provided him with the opportunity to learn leadership and communications skills that served him during his tenure in the Eastern Region 4-H All Stars and his local 4-H Honor Club. Outside of 4-H, Held is an active member of his church group.
Engineering & Safety Science Project: Jacob Scott
Jacob Scott of Warren County is one of the 2018 Engineering & Safety Science Project winners. In addition to his own personal project work, Scott has worked with 4-H agents in his community to start a 4-H Robotics Club, aimed at teaching local youth how to design, make and operate different types of machines. Outside of his primary project area, Scott has competed in both the 4-H Meat Cookery and Life Skills Competitions and served as Secretary for his local 4-H Club and Camp Teen Leader. Scott hopes to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and study engineering after completing high school.
Entomology Project: Analynn Jones
The 2018 Roundup Level I winner for the Entomology Project is Robertson County’s very own Analynn Jones. For more than five years, Jones has cared for butterfly gardens around her home and local community, which led her to take steps to start caring for her own beehives. Jones has served as President of the Robertson County 4-H Club and a member of the Central Region’s 4-H All Star Council. She feels that both her project and community work have helped her to foster her citizenship and communication skills and helped her to become an effective leader. Outside of 4-H, Jones is a volunteer at her local library and leads reading enrichment classes.
Food Science Project: Evan England
Evan England is one of this year’s Food Science Project winners. Through his project work, England has been able to develop strong culinary and leadership skills, which have served him well through his participation as a Teen Leader at Culinary Experience and at Experience Culinary 350. England served as his local Honor Club’s Vice President and attended the National Healthy Living Summit and Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 4-H Edition. England eventually hopes to become a politician and use the position to better serve his community.
Food Science Project: Katie Harrison
Katie Harrison, from Hancock County, was named a state winner in the Level I Food Science Project. Serving as a Healthy Living Ambassador and team captain for her outdoor meat cookery team, Harrison is well versed in food sciences. Harrison often serves her community through food preparation and has participated in public speaking, outdoor meat cookery, Honor Club and the All Star Program. Through her participation in 4-H, Harrison says she has been able to build strong friendships and work to achieve her goals.
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Project: Garrett Thompson
Garrett Thompson of Pickett County is a state winner in the Level I Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project. For seven years, Thompson has been a 4-H member and has zeroed in on his interest in the Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Project over the last two years. Through All-Stars and Honor Club, Thompson has participated in five 4-H Camps and was a Healthy Living Summit attendee. Recently, Thompson was elected to serve as the Northeast Area representative for the All-Star Regional Council and a teen leader at Junior High 4-H Camp. Thompson hopes to one day attend Tennessee Tech and pursue a military career.
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Project: Gareth Eller
Gareth Eller of Robertson County was named a state winner in the Level I Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Project. For more than seven years, Eller has worked in his project area to prepare wilderness backpacks for youth in his community and been an active competitor in 4-H Forestry Judging Competitions and Shooting Sports activities. As a leader in his community, Eller has served as President of his local 4-H Club, a counselor at 4-H Camp, and volunteers with different nonprofits and day camps sponsored by the Robertson County government.
Goat Project: Eli Dotson
Eli Dotson will represent Tennessee at this year’s National 4-H Congress as the 2018 Goat Project winner. Dotson lives in Lincoln County, where he has participated in the Goat Project for several years as well as his local Honor Club and All Star programs. Dotson is also a part of the successful Lincoln County Livestock Judging team.
Horse Project: Sierra Rigsby
Sierra Rigsby of Williamson County is heading to the National 4-H Congress as this year’s Horse Project winner. Through her project work, Rigsby has met regularly with her Hippology and Horse Bowl Groups to prepare for competitions and took on an active leadership role by mentoring younger 4-H’ers in the competition area. At Tennessee State Horse Shows, Rigsby has earned nine state champion titles and achieved similar levels of success in hippology and horse bowl competitions. She also served as a teen leader at Junior 4-H Camp and an officer in her local 4-H Honor Club. Outside of 4-H, Rigsby enjoys dance and volunteers at a local dance studio by mentoring young dance students.
Horticulture & Gardening Project: Annaleigh Escobar
Annaleigh Escobar, one of this year’s Horticulture & Gardening Project winners, is truly a leader in her community. Through her project work, Escobar has worked with agriculture teachers at her high school in Dyer County to develop lesson plans that could be used to teach younger students about local plants and wildlife. Her interest in horticulture and gardening has led Escobar to serve others by hosting a plant sale, benefitting Dyer County Schools, and volunteering in her spare time at local community gardens. Outside of her project, Escobar serves as a 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador and works with the Dyer County Public Health Department to educate youth about healthy lifestyle choices.
Horticulture & Gardening Project: Alex Moore
Alex Moore of Lincoln County is one of the 2018 Horticulture & Gardening Project winners. His experience in the project area gave him the skills he needed to start and tend to three gardens that provided vegetables for his family and neighbors. As a leader in the 4-H Program, Moore has served as a reporter for the Lincoln County 4-H Honor Club and says the experience has helped him overcome his fear of public speaking and be more confident when meeting with groups of people. In addition to the Horticulture and Gardening Project, Moore has competed in Livestock and Dairy Judging competitions as well as Public Speaking Contests.
Line & Design Project: Ashtyn Drake
Ashtyn Drake is nearly an expert in the Line & Design Project and is one of this year’s Level I winners. Attending Line and Design Camps at the University of Tennessee – Martin each summer has helped Drake develop her skills as an artist, learn to paint and sew, and then use her skills to complete service projects that benefit groups in Tennessee and across the globe. Outside of her project area, Drake completes work in both the Photography and Communications Projects and has competed in 4-H Public Speaking Competitions on the county, regional and state levels. Additionally, Drake serves as a leader in both the Madison County 4-H Honor Club and her project group and says 4-H has kept her accountable and responsible, both of which have helped her succeed in her project area and as a servant leader.
Line & Design Project: Laura Jenkins
Laura Jenkins can add Level I Line & Design Project winner to her list of impressive awards, including third place winner at the Tennessee Magazine Photo Contest and Second Top Exhibitor at the Appalachian Fair. Jenkins’ participation in the Hawkins County Quilting Guild served as a springboard for her project success. Jenkins has developed her ability to design and sew a variety of items that have been entered into numerous competitions across the state and Southeast region. In addition to her line and design work, Jenkins is an active part of the Sheep and Forestry Projects and serves as a leader on the Eastern Region All Star Council and Tennessee 4-H State Council. Outside of her many 4-H activities, Jenkins is an active part of her high school’s Beta Club and works as a reporter for the Heritage Lites newspaper.
Nutrition, Health & Fitness Project: Julie Bush
Julie Bush, a 4-H’er from Rutherford County, was named the 2018 state winner in the Level I Nutrition, Health & Fitness Project. Julie was selected to represent the state at the 4-H National Healthy Living Summit and incorporated training from the conference into various camps and workshops she teaches throughout Tennessee. She has served as a teen leader for the Rutherford County 4-H Culinary Project Group as well as the recreation leader for the county’s 4-H Honor Club. Outside of 4-H, Julie has helped organize and lead several service projects at her church and throughout the community to teach important skills, like disaster safety.
Nutrition, Health & Fitness Project: Riley Walker
Riley Walker’s innovative take on the Nutrition, Health & Fitness Project helped her become one of this year’s project winners. Through her project work, Walker was able to develop educational workshops that taught cooking, canning and healthy lifestyles, and by partnering with the Benton County School Board, these programs were implemented in local schools. As a leader, Walker has served as President of her local
4-H Honor Club, a Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador and part of the Tennessee 4-H State Council. Outside of 4-H, Walker is part of the Benton County Youth Fair Board and serves as part of her high school’s student government.
Performing Arts & Recreation Project: Claire Brooks
This year’s Performing Arts & Recreation Project winner is Claire Brooks of Warren County. Claire, who recently joined the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, has traveled with competitive cheer, dance and singing groups for the past five years and was a member of the second place team at the World Summit Competitive Cheer Competition. Outside of her project area, she is an active participant in line and design and public speaking events, and serves as the Speaker of the Senate at Tennessee 4-H Congress. When Claire isn’t working on her various 4-H projects, she serves as a volunteer with her church’s youth ministry and Rutherford County 4-H camps, and serves as part of her high school’s student council.
Personal Development Project: Sorrell Martin
Sorrell Martin is this year’s Level I Personal Development project winner. As part of her project work, Martin challenged herself to take part in competitions and events that pushed her outside of her comfort zone. By showing cattle, competing in public speaking and serving as Tennessee 4-H Governor, Martin was able to experience new things, grow as a person and improve leadership and communication skills. Outside of 4-H, Martin is part of her high school’s cross country team and serves as Cornersville High School’s Vice President of Student Government.
Photography Project: Sarah Beth Thierfelder
Sarah Beth Thierfelder is this year’s Photography Project winner. The Madison County resident has used her knowledge of photography to help capture events around her church and community and has been featured in both county newspapers and school publications. Additionally, Thierfelder has participated in Companion Animal and Line & Design Projects and currently serves as the Tennessee 4-H Congress Governor. Outside of 4-H, Thierfelder is an active part of her church’s youth programs and helps lead programs for younger children.
Plant Science Project: Ethan Hitchcock
Growing up on his family’s farm, Ethan Hitchcock of Warren County has always been around agriculture. However, over the last five years, plant sciences peaked his interest. Hitchcock used his experiences on the farm to inform his project work as he cared for 6 acres of pumpkins and other crops. Currently, Hitchcock serves as a Junior Representative on the Tennessee 4-H State Council and an officer in the Warren County Honor Club. Additionally, Hitchcock has participated in Livestock and Poultry Projects and even attended the Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference. Hitchcock is also a member of his high school’s Interact and Beta Clubs.
Poultry Project: Ryan Baker
Ryan Baker of Benton County was named a state winner in the Level I Poultry Project. Growing up on his family’s farm, Ryan has become very familiar with agriculture and caring for crops and livestock. Over the last six years, his project work has challenged him to go above and beyond by participating in the 4-H Chick Chain Project. Ryan believes that raising 25 chickens from the time they hatch until they are shown and sold at the Benton County Fair has helped him develop a number of life skills. Outside of the poultry project, Ryan competes with his county’s 4-H outdoor meat cookery, wildlife judging and livestock judging teams and serves at President of his local 4-H Club.
Sheep Project: Grace Powell
Grace Powell’s long history with sheep has helped her become one of the very best in her project field. It’s no wonder she was this year’s Sheep Project winner. On her family farm in Wilson County, Powell has cared for several sheep on her own and used her own experiences to teach others about caring for livestock in her county’s 4-H Club. As a leader in the 4-H program, Powell has served as teen leader at Junior 4-H Camp and earned multiple awards, including Premier Exhibitor at the Tennessee Sheep Expo. In her community, Powell is engaged in various leadership positions at her church and school.
Swine Project: Cassie Lewis
Cassie Lewis, a Lauderdale County 4-H’er, was named a state winner in the Level I Swine Project. Growing up on her family’s farm, Lewis has been around agriculture her entire life and through her project work, she has been able to pass on her knowledge and experiences to local school and community organizations by talking about agriculture and raising livestock. As a leader in her 4-H Club, Lewis has served as a teen leader at 4-H Camp, a Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador and is currently on the Tennessee 4-H State Council. During her time in 4-H, Lewis has been able to develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
Vet Science Project: Jana Owen
Jana Owen of Lincoln County has a diverse set of interests and her experience with a variety of livestock helped her become the Level I Vet Science Project winner this year. Through her projects, Owen has shown a number of goats and cattle and competes in Livestock, Dairy, Meats and Poultry Judging Competitions across the state. Most recently, Owen was a member of the state-winning Meats Judging team and won the National Livestock Quiz Bowl. Owen has served as an officer in her county’s 4-H Honor club, part of the Central Region All Star Council, part of her high school’s student government and is an active member of her church’s choir and youth group.