GUELPH This year the Amber Underwood Memorial 4-H News Competition had an astounding 20 entries, showcasing the writing talents of 4-H members from across the province, with Ryan Macdonald and Bruce Cole taking home top honours.
Cole, the junior division winner from Renfrew, wrote about dedication and the experience of Go For The Gold in his entry entitled "'Gopher' the Gold". Macdonald, the senior division winner and resident of Sudbury, shared his experience as a senior 4-H member in an urban based club through his entry entitled "Lambs to Show A City Member's Perspective." Both winners will receive $100 for their efforts and their entries will be highlighted in the March 2011 edition of the 4-H Ontario magazine Leadership In Action.
"4-H Ontario programs aim to build confidence through its motto of Learn To Do By Doing' experiences; and the Amber Underwood Memorial 4-H News Competition does just that by allowing youth to develop their talents in writing and journalism," says 4-H Ontario Opportunities Coordinator, Marianne Fallis.
"This is a great accomplishment for both Ryan and Bruce, and their results exhibit one of our core goals -- developing communication skills in youth."
To enter the competition, 4-H members must submit a 500-word entry on one of the following: a report on a 4-H program, event or 4-H success story; a review of a current agricultural or rural community concern; or an interview with a community leader.