Monday, July 24, 2017

4-H Seniors: Hunter Phillips

Hunter Phillips is originally from Bedford VA, but moved to Orange in 2007 and has been involved in Orange 4-H for seven years. He is a member of the 4-H Crazy Pets club and the current president of the Orange 4-H Archery club.

He said that some of his best memories from his participation in 4-H are all the friends he made and the opportunities he had to learn new skills. Because of his involvement in 4-H, he was able to pass the 4-H archery instructor course and now he helps teach younger members of the archery club basic archery skills. Working with younger members in his 4-H club has helped teach him about leadership and the value of always leading by example. Hunter has dedicated many hours to improving his archery skills and has passed level 5 proficiency in archery.

Hunter said that the coolest opportunity he had in 4-H was getting to attend State 4-H Congress on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. While in 4-H Hunter has participated in many fundraisers for his 4-H clubs, and has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. 
 Congratulations to Hunter for all his success so far, and best wishes for his future!

Monday, July 17, 2017

4-H Seniors: Alyssa Ratcliff

Alyssa Ratcliff recently graduated from Orange High School and will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall to continue her education by studying Landscape Architecture and Design.

Alyssa has been a member of the Orange County 4-H Livestock Club for 7 years, where she has shown and sold sheep at the county fair every year. She got interested in 4-H because several of her friends were involved, and she said that some of her best memories from her experience in 4-H were the friendships she made. She said that it was great to participate in a program where even though at the end of the day all the club members were competing against each other at the fair, there was a great spirit of helpfulness and teamwork. Some of the older members of the Livestock Club helped teach her how to show sheep when she first joined, and now Alyssa has helped teach her younger brother how to show. “Helping him learn how to do it, but then being able to see him do it by himself” is one of her favorite memories from her years in 4-H.

When asked what the greatest lesson she learned from 4-H was, she said “hard work and respect will get you so far.” Raising her sheep for the fair required time and dedication every single day throughout the year to make sure they were fed and exercised, and required that she interact with the community to find buyers for her animals at the fair. Her greatest accomplishment in 4-H was when her hard work paid off and she won grand champion lamb at the 2015 Orange County Fair. Alyssa said one of the greatest things about 4-H was the opportunities it gave her to give back to the community. She has helped collect and sort food for the food bank, laid wreaths at the Culpeper National Cemetery, and has volunteered at the Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange, working with youth with special needs.

Congratulations to Alyssa! We wish you the best of luck at the 2017 Orange County Fair and into your future!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Attention:  All Livestock Club Members

Due to the weather,

Tonight's meeting has been changed to

7 PM at the

Orange Presbyterian Church

State Livestock Judging Contest


We would like to congratulate the three members of the Orange County 4-H Stockman’s Team who traveled to the Virginia Tech Campus on the 28th of June to compete in the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. All three Orange 4-H members did an outstanding job! 
Junior Livestock Judging Contest Results
Salaar Ali finished 8th overall out of 39 junior contestants. He was also recognized for finishing 10th in swine judging, 5th in sheep and goat judging, and 10th in oral reasons.
Sadie Wentz finished 13th overall, and 3rd in sheep and goat judging.
Senior Livestock Judging Contest Results
Virginia Bryington placed 28th overall in the senior division, and 16th in swine judging.