South Dakota youth judge with the best |

South Dakota youth judge with the best

South Dakota 4-H youth received national recognition during the Western National Roundup national 4-H judging competition held in Denver Jan. 8-11, 2015.

The Conference, now in its 95th year, is held annually in early January, coinciding with the National Western Stock Show.

Both 4-H and FFA members between the ages of 14 and 19 have the opportunity to qualify for Roundup by winning their home state’s contest or being chosen as a state delegate.

The competitions held at Western National Roundup include horse and livestock judging, hippology, horse demonstrations and public speaking, parliamentary procedure, family consumer sciences presentations, skill-a-thon, and bowl, consumer decision making, public speaking prepared and impromptu, parliamentary procedure, and meats identification.

Workshops are offered throughout the week which provides a learning experience for the youth exposing them to topics ranging from communication and team building to leadership development. Youth participants develop a mastery of their respective subject matters, but more importantly, gain life-long skills. Such skills as public speaking, professionalism, and good sportsmanship along with the memories and new friendships will outlast the trophies and ribbons that were won.

The 23 youth from South Dakota who competed at this national competition pre-qualified during 2014 state 4-H contests. South Dakota 4-H took 31 people; 23 youth and eight. coaches/chaperones.

National placings

4-H State Livestock Judging Team: Team members include: Tyler Bush, Marshall Count; Hannah Peterson, Miner County; Martina Albrecht, Kingsbury County and Jonathan Linke, Sanborn County. Coach is John Keimig. The team placed ninth overall. Tyler Bush of Marshall County placed tenth individually overall and sixth overall in Beef.

Consumer Decision Making Contest Team: Team members include: Stephanie Hauger, Yankton County; Leah Waid, Yankton County; Laurel Friedenbach, Yankton County; Camille Friedenbach, Yankton County and coach, Stephanie Siebrandt, Yankton County; Placed sixth overall and fourth overall in Group Think.

Horse Judging Team:

Team members include: Kate Helmer, Day County; Bobbi Soukup, Charles Mix County; Alyssa Standifer, Moody County; Blayne Martinez, Hutchinson County and coach, Jennifer Martinez, Hutchinson County. The team placed eighth overall, sixth in halter judging.

Horse Quiz Bowl Team: Team members include: Taya Heisinger, Hutchinson County; Sarah Vos, Pennington County; Kaycee Szymanski, Pennington County; Stephanie DeLong, Pennington County and coach, Tiffany Meyer. The team placed fourth overall. Vos is the second place overall individual.

Hippology Team:

Team members include: Mary Nold, Brookings County; Tanegai Zilverberg, Hughes/Stanley County; Mariah Kessler, Hughes/Stanley County; Emma Mesman, Hughes/Stanley County and coaches, Collette Kessler-Hughes/StanleyCounty and Amy Mesman, Hughes/Stanley County. Team placed seventh overall; sixth overall in Team Problem; Ninth overall in Judging; fourth overall in Team Station and eighth place in Team Exam Total. Mary Nold was recognized with three individual placings including: Ninth Overall Individual, eighth Overall Individual in Total Station Points and Third Overall Individual in Exam Score.

Horse Public Speaking:

Morgan Janish, Roberts County, received fifth place individual; her coach was Coach Julie Nelson.

Horse Demonstration Contest: Brittany Hinkle, Hyde County received eighth place individual. Her coach was Julie Nelson.

A special thanks to the chaperones and coaches. To learn more about how you can become involved in 4-H as a member or volunteer, visit

–SDSU Extension