Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:42
Lauren Geis, Durham, was among four Kansas 4-H members who represented the state in the youth events held Feb. 6-8 in conjunction with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Tampa, Fla.
Geis, daughter of Wayne and Debbie Geis, joined with Grace Hammer of Wallace, Callahan Grund of Sharon Springs and Taylor Ohlde of Easton to bring home several thousand dollars in prize money and awards.
The team took part in livestock judging, team marketing, public speaking and quiz bowl contests. The team was first overall in the livestock judging contest and received a $1,000 cash prize and plaque for their effort. Individually, Geis placed sixth overall.
For team marketing, the group made sales presentations to groups of seasoned marketing professionals. They competed in two-person teams. The team of Ohlde and Geis placed third and earned a check for $200.
The team also took part in the beef industry quiz bowl, which tested their knowledge of animal science and industry information.
“It was a pleasure to be able to see these outstanding young people compete to the best of their ability,” said coach Curtis Ohlde of Easton. “They represented their home state of Kansas very well. With talented youth like these, the future of the beef industry is in good hands.”