Crafty Critter 4-H

Crafty Critter 4-H teams from Ada County took first and second place at the State Skill-a-thon in Jerome on Jan. 14. 

Courtesy of Shay Johnson

Ada County teams in the Crafty Critter 4-H Club took first and second place at the State Skill-a-thon Jan. 14 in Jerome. The first-place team will represent Idaho at the National Skill-a-thon in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall. 

Ada County sent five teams to the state Skill-a-thon, including two teams of seniors, two teams of juniors and one mixed team of juniors and seniors. Each team had three to four members.

"Our team members did incredibly well and we are proud to have them representing Ada County and Crafty Critters 4-H Club at the State Competition," according to a press release from Shay Johnson with the Crafty Critters 4-H Club.

Skill-a-thon is a competition that tests every aspect of livestock knowledge — from identifying animal breeds to judging the quality of feed to competing in more difficult events.

The members who compete must learn the skills to further their own agricultural projects as well as their everyday lives.

Members of the Ada County first senior team, which placed first overall, were:

  • Caleb Twait
  • Kyleigh Davis
  • Annie Jansen Van-Beek
  • Brianna Flansburg

Members of the second senior team, which placed second overall, were:

  • Will Jansen Van-Beek
  • Olivia Sells
  • Matthew Twait
  • McKenna Craig 

In the individual category, Will Jansen Van-Beek placed first overall, Annie Jansen Van-Beek placed second, Sells placed third, Davis placed fourth and Caleb Twait placed fifth. Saydee Henning placed third in identification

The first junior team, which placed fourth overall, consisted of:

  • Shelby Johnson
  • Trenton Flansburg
  • Nani McKague

McKague placed fifth overall in the individual category and third overall in identification. 

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