Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 7, 2014

Students win multiple awards at food and show contests

April Barbe
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The District 5 4-H Food Show/Food Challenge Extravaganza was held Feb. 1 at Stephen  F. Austin University.  

Cherokee County was very well represented, according to area 4-H

officials.

This year Cherokee County had participants who entered the food show, poster contest, table setting, and two teams compete in the Food Challenge.  This year's theme was "Budget Wise Recipes," so the recipe submitted had to not only be healthy but also

economical.

Amber Dickey, Trey Shipman and David Wingard participated in the food show as well as place setting.  

Amber, a junior with Footbridge 4-H Club, placed 2nd in the vegetable category, and third place in place setting for her age division.  

Trey, an intermediate with Lookout 4-H Club placed 3rd in place setting, 2nd in the poster contest, and 1st in the vegetable category for his age division.

David, a senior with Lookout 4-H Club, received 5th place in the vegetable category and 1st place in place setting for his age division. There was an intermediate team and a junior team competing in the Food Challenge, officials said.  The Food Challenge is modeled after the Food Network show "Iron  Chef".  

Each team is made up of three or four members.  The team is given a list of ingredients and a clue about what they are to make.  They are then given 45 minutes to make a healthy dish using those ingredients.  They must also work as a team to name the dish, research the nutritional value of the dish, including serving size and calorie count.  Figure the cost per serving, "plate the dish" for presentation and clean their area as they go.  They are judged on their team work as well as their interview with the judges where they must present all of their information about the dish to the judges.

The Junior team members included, Amber Dickey ( Footbridge 4-H), Kendall Filer (Cloverleaf 4-H)  and Kara Woffard ( Footbridge 4-H) placed 4th.

The Intermediate team members, Katy Dickey, John Woffard and Sarah Woffard ( all with Footbridge 4-H), and Trey Shipman ( Lookout 4-H) placed 1st.

In January, the Cherokee County 4-H held a County Photography competition.  

"It was a lot of fun, and the participants learned a lot and submitted some great photos," Wendy Emprimo said. "We truly had a wonderful time this year learning how to improve our photography skills and concentrating on things such as composition, lighting, and focus.  

Tabitha Patterson, owner of Borrowed Moments Photography, taught the children the two most important things about photography; 1)  Have fun, and 2) think out of the box.  Be unique and creative with you shots.  

"We were blessed to have an 'on location' workshop this year at Teaberry Farms in Jacksonville.  We would like to thank Mr. Ricky Richards for  being so gracious to let us 'bombard' his home one Saturday morning," Emprimo,  said.

The results of this years county contest are as follows:

Addison Filer, a Clover Kid with Cloverleaf 4-H Club, received a red ribbon in both the "Animal: Wildlife" and the "Element of Design" categories.

Kendall Filer, a Junior with Cloverleaf 4-H Club, received a red ribbon in the "Nature and Landscape" category, and a white ribbon in "Plants and Flora".

Connor Thornton, a Clover Kid, with the Cloverleaf 4-H Club, received red ribbons in the "Catch All," "Element of Design,”  "People" and "Plant and Flora" categories.

Jackson Thornton, a Clover Kid with Cloverleaf 4-H Club, received red ribbons in the "Catch All", "Element of Design" and "Plant and Flora" categories as well as a blue ribbon in the "Details and Macro" category.

David Wingard, a Senior with Lookout 4-H Club, received red ribbons in the "Aquatic,” "Catch All,”  "Details and Macro" and "Nature and Landscape" categories.

Trey Shipman, an Intermediate with Lookout 4-H Club, received red ribbons in the "Catch All" and "People" categories.  He also received blue ribbons in the "Darkroom" and "Nature and Landscape" categories.  Trey also one "Best in Show" with his "Nature and Landscape photo.”