Wareham advances to national competition

Hannah Wareham poses with her award after winning the 2019 Pennsylvania 4-H Livestock Skillathon Competition.

On Saturday, May 11, more than 200 4-H members from across the state trekked to Penn State University’s main campus to compete in the Pennsylvania 4-H State Animal Bowl Contests. Of those, 96 members competed in the Livestock Skillathon contest, one of who is from McKean County.

Livestock Skillathon gives youth ages 10-18 the opportunity to apply their skills, experience and knowledge in a competitive atmosphere by demonstrating their abilities in beef, sheep, swine, goat and alpaca/llama. 4-Hers could compete in teams of three to four members or as individuals.

Only the top four scoring individuals in the senior age division, ages 14-18, have the opportunity to compete at the North American International Livestock Exposition this November in Louisville, Ky.

Hannah Wareham of Mount Jewett, a 10-year member of the McKean County 4-H Program, was the sole competitor representing the county in the PA 4-H Senior Livestock Skillathon Contest at University Park.

Wareham competed in several knowledge categories related to livestock, including: Keep/Cull Dorset Ewes, Feed ID, Equipment ID, Breed ID, Diseases, Meats, and Quality Animal Management. After all 96 youth went through answering each station, they awaited the results.

Wareham dominated the competition taking home first place in the senior division, meaning she will represent Pennsylvania at NAILE in a few months. Congratulations to Hannah on being the first ever 4-H member in McKean County achieving this accomplishment.

Interested in finding out more about 4-H? Check out the website: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Samantha at 814-887-5613 ext. 207 in advance of your participation or visit.