Thursday, October 03, 2013

4-H Members Get Taste of College Life While Participating in Clothing Competition

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Newton County
Tel: (417) 455-9500

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Six  Newton County 4-H members were among 117 Missouri youth that participated in a clothing construction and consumerism contest during State 4-H Fashion Review on Sept. 21 on the University of Missouri campus.  Each member earned the opportunity to compete at the state contest by competing at the Newton County Fashion Review.

Madelaine Giebler, 16, Busy Beavers 4-H Club, Neosho, daughter of Jason and Sarah Giebler was named 2nd place in the Senior Clothes You Make Division.  Madelaine was evaluated on her skill creating her shirt dress and what she learned from creating her project.

Cady Littlefield, 16, Diamond Renegades 4-H Club, Diamond, daughter of John and Sheila Littlefield earned 3rd place in the Senior Clothes you Buy Division.

Kirsten Bruegel, 9, Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, Seneca, daughter of John and Sonya Bruegel earned 2nd place in the Junior Division in Clothes You Buy.  Cady and Kirsten were evaluated on thier ability to put an outfit together and what knowledge she used to select, purchase and prepare her outfit for the Fashion Review.

Other Lucky Clover 4-H Club members competing in the state contest were Salome Zamora, 12, Seneca; Brianna Werner, 13, Seneca; and Myla Hembree, 11, Seneca.

“This contest is designed to be fun, while helping youth enhance their skills and knowledge about sewing, garment selection, knitting and crotchet and the importance of setting and achieving goals,” said Alison Copeland, MU 4-H youth specialist. “State 4-H Fashion Revue is also about exposing young people to the research, education MU is doing in these areas.”

The participants, ranging in ages 8-18, participated in a local fashion revue competition either in their county or regional area that qualified them to participate in the state contest.

Newton County 4-H members have been practicing their sewing throughout the year.  This spring members attended an overnight lock-in where they practiced sewing skills by making dog beds for Faithfull Friends Animal Shelter in Neosho. This August sewing project members made pillow-case dresses as Christmas gifts for young girls in a village in Kenya.  

Fashion Revue participants also gathered in the Memorial Union on the campus to learn about other topics such as public speaking and garment manufacturing processes.  

For information on enrolling with an existing club or starting a new 4-H club, contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Velynda Cameron in Greene County at (417) 862-9284; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500 or Angelia Ham in Polk County at (417) 326-4916.


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