BOX ELDER COUNTY - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist, January 9, 2022
Six of Box Elder County’s finest in 4-H were in Denver, Colorado, at the Western National Roundup, January 5-9, competing against other youth from across the country. They were there to showcase their skills in Livestock Judging, Fashion Review, FCS Presentations and Impromptu Public Speaking.
Katie Hewlett, daughter of Jason and Kristen Hewlett of Honeyville, wowed the judges in not one but two competitions during the Roundup. She was awarded National Reserve Grand Champion in FCS Demonstration and also named National Reserve Grand Champion in Impromptu Public Speaking.
Extension agent, Josh Dallin, was at the competition to offer his congratulations. “We are so proud of Katie and her incredible accomplishments. She represented Box Elder County and the State of Utah perfectly,” he said.
The Livestock Judging team, consisting of McKayla Morris, daughter of David and Melissa Morris of Park Valley; Shaylee Rose, daughter of Bill and Amber Rose of Park Valley; Brinley Baldwin, daughter of Time and Heather Baldwin of Snowville; and Valerie Skidmore, daughter of Val and Jeanette Skidmore of Snowville, put on a good showing at the national competition. Although they failed to place in the top rankings, they, too, were great representatives of the County and the State, according to Dallin.
“I am very proud of them for all of their hard work and dedication,” he said. “I am grateful to their coach, Trudy Smith, for all that she did to help prepare the team. I am also very grateful to the parents and all the great members of our county who helped to financially support the team to allow them this incredible national opportunity.”
Box Elder County and Utah also saw Trinity Hale, daughter of Karolina and Rodger Munns of Elwood and Jeremy and Nichole Hale of Chubbuck, Idaho, representing them in the National Fashion Review competition, creating and modeling a wool coat. While she did not place nationally, she was commended on a job well done.