Thursday, September 30, 2010

O'Donnell Wins State Fair Artwork Ribbons

Delaney O'Donnell, Bit & Bridle Club member, won two awards in the State Fair of Virginia Youth Artwork competitions. She was third in Tie Dye, other than a garment, and third in Trash to Treasure Art. Way to go! That's some stiff competition.

State Fair Junior Dairyman Results Announced

Congratulations to 4-H Dairy Club members who recently competed in the State Fair of Virginia Junior Dairyman's Contest. The senior team placed fifth overall and the juniors were seventh in their division. Senior Coty Goodwin was 8th place high individual and will be eligible for a college scholarship.

Keep the results coming! We love to share with our 4-H family all the great things you're accomplishing.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Kaci Daniel has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Association of Extension 4-H Agents. This award is in recognition of her outstanding contribution to 4-H youth development. Way to go Kaci!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Aging Together invites students of public and private schools and homeschooled
students living in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange or Rappahannock counties to
tell us the story of one of the many remarkable seniors you know . You decide what’s
remarkable. Maybe you have a grandparent who started a new sport or job after
retirement. Maybe one of your neighbors now cares for a family member, just got his
driver’s license or hiked a mountain or trail. Spend some time with them and write
their story for us.
Essay Criteria
• Student essays should be based on an interview with a local senior and describe an
accomplishment or experience that occurred after the senior turned 65.
• The essay must be at least 750 words and can not exceed 1000 words
• Essays will be judged on the quality of the writing, grammar, punctuation, and spelling, not
how dramatic or exciting the senior’s story is. It’s all about how you write the story.
• All essays must be submitted with a completed registration form.
• Essays will be judged by the Aging Together Communications Advisory Committee, which
includes writers and other communications professionals.
• Essays will be judged in two grade groups: 6th ‐ 8th grades and 9th ‐ 12th grades.
• One winner and two honorable mentions will be selected for each grade group in each county.
That’s a total of 2 winners and 4 honorable mentions in each county.
• The winners in each county will receive a $50 gift card and will have their essays published in
their local newspaper and on the Aging Together website.
• Those selected as honorable mentions will receive certificates and will have their essays
published on the Aging Together website.
• The essay and completed registration form must be received in the Aging Together office
by 5:00 pm, December 15, 2010.
• Awards will be announced by April, 2011 and will be published during Older American’s
Month—May, 2011.
A Regional
Contest for
Students in
Grades 6-12

For more information or to contact us regarding Aging Remarkably please contact - Orange Resource Specialist, Nancy Rhoades at 540-718-0620, or


The 2010 Virginia 4-H State Championship Horse and Pony Show was held at Lexington, VA on September 16-19. Following are the results for the Hoofmates 4-H Club:

Ashleigh Ramey on Just Dreamin'
1st place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider 1st Go
1st place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider 2nd Go
Champion Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider
Champion Hunter Pleasure Horse Classic
5th place - Equitation on the Flat - Large Horse/Sr. Rider
3rd place - Equine Photo Contest - Senior
Blue Ribbon in Stable Management
Champion Hunter Sidesaddle for 3rd straight year

Bryan Ramey on Touched By An Angel
7th place - Junior Hunter Showmanship
2nd place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Jr. Rider 1st Go
9th place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Jr. Rider 2nd Go
1st place - Equine Photo Contest - Junior
3rd place - Equine Art Contest - Junior
Blue Ribbon in Stable Management



The OCHS 4-H Anglers 6-Man Team continued their winning tradition by winning the Virginia State 6-Man Team Championship at Smith Mountain Lake this past weekend. This was the youngest team ever to represent Orange County High School consisting of four sophomores, one junior and one senior. This was the 6th straight win for the OCHS Anglers and they won with the greatest margin of any of the previous teams in any state competition. The team had more than a 10 lb total bag weight margin.
Steven Mundell sealed this margin by nearly matching the total team weight of each of the participating teams with his 4 fish bag weight of 7.13 lbs. He was followed by Kevin Beasley with 3 bass weighing 4.58 lbs. Devon Bowling was next with 2 bass weighing 2.83 lbs and was followed by Kasey Henshaw, the first female member. She had 2 fish for 2.50 lbs and was followed by Austin Mitchell with one fish weighing 1.68 lbs. The team was penalized ½ lb for 1 dead fish at the scale therefore the official total team weight was 18.72 lbs. Sophomore Franklin Marrs caught several fish but due to strict length restrictions was unable to bring them to the scale. Team Alternate was Senior Zach Tiblin who assisted the Official Weigh Master. Official photographer for the event was Austin Clore. This was the final event to be held by the state for the 2010 season.
The 2011 Season will begin with the next individual qualifier that is to be held next month, October 23 & 24, 2010. Check out the team trophy in the front office of OCHS. It will be engraved with all members’ and alternates’ names. Congratulations to the OCHS 4-H Anglers for a great season.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Carbon monoxide is called the “Invisible Killer.”
Why? Because you can’t see or smell it and it can kill
its victims quickly.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sponsoring a nationwide carbon monoxide(CO)safety poster contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of CO in the home. The contest is open to all middle school students. For each of the three grade levels, judges will select three finalists whose posters help teach families about the dangers of CO poisoning in the home. Each of these nine finalists will receive an individual award of $250. One of these nine finalists will also be awarded an additional grand prize of $500. For further details, check out the contest information

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

4-H Summer Daycare Programs Ended Today

Youth in Orange daycare facilities finished up a summer 4-H program today with a food party. Though most times we tell kids to not play with their food, creativity was the direction of the day today! Youth made artwork out of a tortilla canvas and held avocados, peaches, red peppers, grapes, plums, radishes, broccoli, and carrots in place with cream cheese and yogurt. These delicious snacks followed a lesson entitled, "Eat a Rainbow Everyday!".