On January 4-7, Smith County 4-H member, Grace Harville, and her mother, Lisa Harville, visited the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado during their trip to Western National Roundup. Western National Roundup provides a place for 4-H and FFA members to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship. Some highlights of the conference included workshops, traveling to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), and competing in the many competitions Roundup had to offer ranging from livestock judging, horse demonstration, and even Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Bowl. Grace represented Tennessee 4-H in the national prepared public speaking contest. There were eleven total competitors in the competition. Grace presented a six minute speech over what the 4-H pledge means to her. At the awards banquet, Grace was named Reserve Champion of the prepared public speaking contest. Tennessee 4-H was well represented in all areas of the conference.
Smith County 4-H is very proud of Grace and her accomplishments on the national level. “This was a fantastic experience for me, and I encourage any 4-Her or FFA member in Smith County to attend,” Grace says. The Harvilles enjoyed the NWSS kick-off parade where they saw dozens of longhorn cattle walk the streets of Denver. They enjoyed the Colorado vs. The World Rodeo and loved seeing western landscape and the Rocky Mountains. Says Lisa Harville,”4-H has given Grace so many wonderful opportunities to meet new friends, see our beautiful country, and help her prepare for adulthood through its various activities.”
If you would like more information on how to attend Western National Roundup or any of the other 4-H activities, contact the UT Extension office at (615) 735-2900.