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Perfect score wins state 4-H shotgun contest

The crowd couldn’t help but cheer when Brandon Austin hit his final clay target. The target was his 100th in a row and capped his championship win of the 2018 Illinois 4-H State 4-H Shotgun Shoot held September 15 in Bunker Hill.

“I’m still shaking,” the teen said after hitting the final target. “I’ve never hit 100 in a row, or even 75 in a row.”

The teen was humble in his acknowledgment of the talent on display at the annual 4-H contest. “There are some competitors here that I know are better shooters than me,” Brandon said.

Brothers take top recurve spots; Trujillo defends compound title

Archery is a sport where the competition is against you and a target, except when your brother is competing right next to you. Then, it becomes a sibling rivalry.

Forty teen archers, including Mason County brothers Ben and Isaac Snider, competed for top scores in the Illinois 4-H State Archery Shoot held Sept. 8 at Pekin Archers in Pekin. The brothers, 14 and 16 respectively, finished first and second in recurve bow competition, 270 points ahead of the nearest competitor. As the lead went back and forth, the main question was who would claim the championship.

Teens to compete at national livestock contest

Five 4-H members will represent Illinois at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Ky. They are Mason Engnell of McDonough County, Jake Bohnsack of Rock Island County, Nicole Haverback of Henry County, Jenna Wheeler of Morgan County, and Clay Sundberg of LaSalle County.

4-H members earn $15,000 in scholarships

Katie Hoffman has been preparing for her future for 10 years as a member of the Savanna Smiles 4-H Club in Carroll County. That preparation paid off when she was chosen as one of 15 4-H members awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the Illinois 4-H Superior Young Producer Award Contest.

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Illinois 4-H Foundation honors 67 volunteers

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program.  This year, 67 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a celebration Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

This year celebrated the 14-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director.

Still going strong after 71 years

Numbers tell a powerful story for this year’s Illinois 4-H Foundation Family Spirit Award winner. Spanning five generations, 71 members of the Yvonne and William Behrends family have been 4-H members, beginning with all seven of the couple’s children and 21 of 25 grandchildren, as well as spouses, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Collectively, the family members have racked up 545 years of 4-H membership, 95 years of 4-H camping, 389 years of 4-H volunteer service, and 153 project exhibits at the state fair.

Knowledge is magic

“How many have seen magic?”

It seemed an unusual question, especially from someone whose daily life revolves around the very real world of engineering, but to Arijit Banerjee, “engineering is magic.”

“Every day when I come to work, it’s like Disneyland.”

The electrical and computer engineering (ECE) assistant professor spoke to 25 of the 300 Illinois teens visiting the University of Illinois campus as part of 4-H Illini Summer Academies.

Hot day, hot competition at state 4-H livestock judging contest

With a heat index exceeding 105 degrees Monday, it might have been easy to get distracted during this year’s Illinois 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest. Despite the heat, 175 4-H members showed up to the University of Illinois campus physically and mentally prepared to tackle eight classes of live-animal evaluation, as well as question classes and three sets of oral reasons.

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