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Livestock judging team goes to Denver contest

Staff reports

Members of the Douglas County 4-H livestock judging team Victoria Gay, Aimee Hoskin and Tyrel Dressler were the Nevada state representatives at the Western 4-H Roundup Jan. 4-7 in Denver, Colo.

Aimee was the flagbearer for the opening and closing ceremonies. The team judged 10 classes of beef, swine and sheep, competing with 101 other top individuals in state contests. They gave oral reasons for five of the classes, answering additional questions in two of the classes.

Tyrel had an outstanding day, finishing 39th overall, and the girls did well in the sheep and swine divisions.

They met many other 4-H members from all over the U.S. and Canada, and they agreed that Victoria met more than anyone else.

It was the culmination of a year of weekly practices and qualifying contests, beginning in December of 1999. They took part in four contests where they practiced their skills.

In May 2000, the team competed at the Nevada Junior Livestock show. Their practices paid off as they placed first at the state level, with Victoria the high-point individual and Aimee as fourth-high individual. Tyrel and alternate Bridget Wood place well, also.

The team thanked the groups and individuals who helped the team get to Denver. Among them are their coach, James Settelmeyer, Douglas County Cooperative Extension personnel, the Kiwanis Club and the Elks Lodge. These groups and individuals donated to the team and/or helped at one or more of several fund-raisers. The members also thanked their parents.