Callie Derossett, a seventh-grader at Henry County Middle School, has recently been awarded a state win in the Kentucky 4-H Written Essay Communications Contest. Callie’s essay, “What 4-H Means to Me,” was chosen by a group of judges at the state level in her age group.
“We are so proud that Callie was chosen as a state champion,” said Cathy Toole, the 4-H agent for Henry County’s UK Extension Office. Toole said Derossett was also chosen as the county winner in the 12-year-old Speech division.
Toole said there is a county and district level communications event that includes competition in speeches, demonstrations, and variety show in which youth compete at the county level. If selected as the winner, that 4-Her is then eligible to compete at the district level event against other county winners. District winners are then eligible to compete at the state level competition. The written portion is different in that all essays and poems go from the county winners to the state level.
At the county level communications event the competition was held virtually with the following winning in their respective categories: HCMS eighth-grader Ella McManis - 13-year-old Speech, and HCMS seventh-grader Cambree Tingle - Junior Demonstration and Vocal of the Variety Show.
The District Communications Event will take place virtually in a few weeks.