Houston's Provincial winners Jody Siemens and Carli Wardrop show off their second place ribbons in the 4-H demonstration competition. Shawna Williams

Houston youth shine at 4-H Provincials

Demonstrating a cow castration earned two Houston youth red ribbons at the recent 4-H Provincials.

Demonstrating a cow castration earned two Houston youth red ribbons at the recent 4-H Provincials.

Carli Wardrop and Jody Siemens from the Topley 4-H Club used bananas and built a wooden calf model to step up their demo and earn second in B.C.

“It was a great honour to be at that level of communications,” said Jody.

Competing against seven other 4-H teams among the “cream of the crop” from B.C., Jody said she first questioned if they deserved to be there.

“When they called our name for second we were like ‘Wow, we really do deserve to be here,” she said. “We technically beat all the people that those people beat too.”

Carli said they chose their topic because they wanted something different, something that could get them to provincials.

Three judges scored them based on the power of their opening and ending, quality of presentation, teamwork and ability to answer questions.

“It was exciting to know that we could beat the other teams,” Carli said.

Houston’s youth also stood out in another division of 4-H communications.

Shawna Williams, part of the Quick Community 4-H Club, won fourth in the Provincial speech competition.

Competing against ten others, Shawna whipped up a five minute impromptu speech in the designated forty minutes.

She said it felt awesome to win fourth, especially since she was the youngest person there.

The speech was on diversity and opportunities of agriculture in the Okanagan, and followed a day-long agricultural tour in Kelowna, where they visited the Kelowna Farmer’s  Market, Gray Monk Winery and Coldstream Ranch.

“We learned a lot, we had a lot of fun and I made a lot of friends, so it was a great experience,” she said.

“I would just like to say thank you to all of the sponsors and supporters and organizers of the event, because without them this wouldn’t have happened and I wouldn’t have gotten this great experience.”

Jody and Carli add their thanks to the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Pleasant Valley Cattlemens’ Association and the Bulkley Valley 4-H Council for their generous support and help getting to the competition.


Just Posted

Premier in Witset for reconciliation discussions

We need to be here together: Horgan at Wet’suwet’en feast.

Move natural gas pipeline, MP suggests

Coastal GasLink could then avoid opposition

Zero-interest student loans a huge relief: CMTN student union

Parliamentary secretary hears from Terrace students, alumni and staff

WANTED: Five sought by RCMP

Police asking for public’s assistance finding five people on outstanding warrants.

NDP to start candidate search

Follows decision by Nathan Cullen to retire from politics

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

Most Read