A local 16-year-old is in the running for a prestigious national award.
Bryce Roberts, a sophomore at Hillsboro High School, is competing for a national 4-H Youth Development Project Award for sheep.
Roberts, a member of the South Cottonwood 4-H Club, first submitted the record book of his sheep project at the local level in Marion County. After placing there, he then advanced to the area level where two people were chosen to advance to the state level.
At each level, Roberts received critiques about his project book. He could choose to revise his project before the state level.
Now at the state level, four top finalists are identified who can continue to compete in the national award.
?You don?t have to keep going, but I chose to do it,? Roberts said.
Roberts will participate in a recorded interview, and the videotape will then be sent on to nationals.
?I?ll go interview with them and they?ll take it to the judges,? he said.
The National Congress is in Atlanta, Ga.
?Hopefully by mid-May, we?ll find out if I win,? Roberts said.
His award-winning record book consisted of compiling five categories for which Roberts had to meet certain criteria. Those categories included his goals, summaries of his 4-H sheep project, leadership and citizenship experiences, his 4-H awards and recognition, as well as his non-4-H experiences related to this project.
?I can list anything I do throughout my community,? Roberts said, including his church and school.
Roberts also had to keep track of those he has assisted using his sheep-raising abilities.
?This is the biggest part of this application,? Roberts said. ?I have to talk about all the people I have helped through this (project area).?
Roberts, who serves as president of both his club and the area 4-H council, has helped younger children in 4-H and has mentored them for future competitions.
He has been raising sheep for years and has participated in 4-H for nine years.
?I?ve had some pretty good luck with sheep in the past,? he said.
So far, Roberts has been the Tri-County champion in Herington as well as the reserve champion in Canton.
His family also participates actively in 4-H, including brother Landon, 8, and sister SaRae, 12. His parents are Sonya Roberts and Rickey Roberts, Marion County Extension agent.
In the ?Project Story? portion of his record book, Roberts accounts his experience raising sheep and what he has done to become qualified to do so.
?The project story pretty much summarizes the five sections,? Roberts said.
The record book also includes pictures of Roberts with his sheep and shows him helping others with their sheep.
Roberts said he must ?record all past achievements and goals? in his record book.
?I also have to keep track of my expenses and how much I spend,? he added.
Roberts considers this award a great learning experience.
?My benefits would be the leadership skills I learned,? he said.