Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Junior Sheep & Wool Skillathon

Sixty-one (61) youth competed in the 2012 Junior Sheep & Wool Skillathon:  17 junior, 20 intermediate and 24 senior. The annual skillathon is hosted by the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The top-placing junior (ages 8-10) was Chet Boden from Virginia.  Brody Miskimon from Cecl County was the second place junior.  Kevin Spicer from Howard County placed third.

A volunteer helps out the junior competitors.

The top-placing intermediate (ages 11-13) was Katie Burroughs from Calvert County. Cameron Dorsey from Frederick County placed second.  Magdalena Goodmuth from Howard County was third.

The senior competitors were split into two groups.  Among members of the Maryland state skillathon team, Charlie Sasscer placed first and had the most points among all seniors.  Helen King and Sarah Manning placed second and third, respectively.

Among the rest of the seniors, Aislinn Latham from Frederick County was the top-placing senior (ages 14-18).  Cody Boden from Virginia placed second. Brianne Hevner from Carroll County was the third place senior.

Charlie Sasscer was the top-scoring senior.

This year's skillathon consisted of the following stations: breed ID, forage ID, equipment ID, retail meat ID, meat judging, hay judging, fleece judging, numbers, parts, quiz, and a senior problem.

Premiums, ribbons, and t-shirts were provided by the festival committee of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.

Special thanks is extended to all the volunteers and extension workers who assisted with this year's skillathon.

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