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Youth livestock experts earn $9000 in scholarships

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Group of youth gathered around a white banner that reads "Superior Young Producer Award"

Springfield, Ill. – Nine 4-H youth from across the state of Illinois used their knowledge and expertise in the livestock field to earn $1000 scholarships at the August 11th Illinois Superior Young 4-H Livestock Producers Contest on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

4-H members competed in this three-phase competition challenging members’ knowledge of livestock production including beef, swine, and sheep while promoting youth development, career development, and personal growth through increased knowledge of the livestock industry.

“This contest provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the industry while competing for valuable scholarships to help them pursue their career goals,” says Dan Jennings, University of Illinois Extension 4-H livestock educator.

Recipients of this year’s $1,000 scholarships include: Alyson Utegg, LaSalle County; Anna Curley, McDonough County; Davis Howell, Macon County; Jack Link, Knox County; Lauren Wolter, Clinton County; Hannah Miller, Livingston County; Cole Paulek, Christian County; Liam Steward, Sangamon County; and Waylen Paulek, Christian County.  

Achievement plaques were also awarded to the top three finishers in each of the three categories.

In the Overall Achievement category, Lauren Wolter of Clinton County, Cole Paulek of Christian County, and Lizzie Schafer of Christian County placed at the top.

In the Skillathon phase of the competition, Drew Mickey of Christian County, Lizzie Schafer of Christian County, and Jack Link of Knox County took home the highest honors.

In the Livestock Marketing competition, Lauren Wolter of Clinton County, Cole Paulek of Christian County, and Lizzie Schafer of Christian County made up the top three.

This year marked the 25th consecutive year for the Superior Young Livestock Producers Contest, which has provided participating youth the opportunity to compete for over $500,000 in college scholarships since its inception. 

The contest is sponsored by the CME Group Inc. of Chicago and the Illinois 4-H Foundation.   The Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association and the Illinois State Fair provide award plaques.

Source:  Dan Jennings, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, Animal Systems, djjennin@illinois.edu