Kansas youth earn recognition at National Cattlemen's Beef Convention
It's a long way from the Sunflower State to the beaches of Florida, but four Kansas 4-H members found their way and made a splash on the national scene. Representing Kansas in the youth events held Feb. 6 to 8 in conjunction with the Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Tampa, Fla., Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Callahan Grund, Sharon Springs, Kan.; Lauren Geis, Durham, Kan. and Taylor Ohlde, Easton, Kan., brought home several thousand dollars in prize money and awards.
The team took part in livestock judging, team marketing, public speaking and quiz bowl contests. The team was the first place overall in the livestock judging contest. For their efforts the received a $1,000 cash prize and plaque. Individually, Ohlde was the second high individual, receiving a $300 prize, Hammer placed third earning a cash reward of $200 and Geis was sixth overall.
In the public speaking event, Grund was the overall champion, receiving a check for $500 for his award-winning presentation. Hammer received fifth place honors and a plaque.
Team marketing found the group making sales presentations to groups of seasoned marketing professionals. They competed in two-person teams. Grund and Hammer paired up and won second and $300 in the event while the team of Ohlde and Geis were close behind and were recognized as the third-place finisher and earned a check for $200.
The team also took part in the beef industry quiz bowl competition which tested their knowledge of animal science and industry information.
Coach for the team was Curtis Ohlde. "It was a pleasure to be able to see these outstanding young people compete to the best of their ability," Ohlde said. "They represented their home state of Kansas very well. I'm very proud of them and the opportunity of competing in such a contest. I feel it's bigger than anything they have ever done and will take them into the next chapter of their lives."