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COLUMN: 4-H Dairy Judging Team has success at state competition

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By Mollie Tichenor

Spencer County was well represented at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest on Tuesday, June 26, at the University of Kentucky Dairy Farm.

In the Junior Division, Courtney Jeffiers competed as an individual and did an outstanding job.
She was fifth high individual in Jersey Judging, seventh in the Holstein Classes, and sixth overall in the State Dairy Junior Judging Contest. Congratulations, Courtney.
Spencer County was represented well in the Senior Division, and took home several awards. In the Jersey category: 1st – Daniel Cooper, 2nd – Cecilia Petersen, 5th – Marianne Gaddie, 8th – Caleb Fulkerson.  The 1st Place Jersey team went to the Spencer County Team made up of Daniel Cooper, Cecilia Petersen and Marianne Gaddie.  
In the Holstein category – 1st – Marianne Gaddie, 2nd – Cecilia Petersen, 4th – Tyler Nichols, 5th - Rachel Seibert, 6th – Shane Greenwell, 7th – Shelby Hall, 9th – Caleb Fulkerson, 10th – Jacob Barnett. The Senior Team also took first place in Holsteins made up of Marianne Gaddie, Cecilia Petersen and Tyler Nichols.  
The top 10 in Individual Reasons Category from Spencer County were: 1st – Marianne Gaddie, 2nd – Cecilia Petersen, 3rd – Shelby Hall, 4th – Rachel Seibert, 6th – Tyler Goodlett, 7th – Daniel Cooper, 8th – Jacob Barnett, 9th – Morgan Mayer, 10th – Caleb Fulkerson.  Not to any surprise, Spencer County was also the 1st Place Reasons Team made up of Marianne Gaddie, Cecilia Petersen and Shelby Hall.  
Members of the Senior Team placing in the Top 20 Overall were: 1st – Marianne Gaddie, 2nd – Cecilia Petersen, 3rd – Rachel Seibert, 4th – Tyler Nichols, 5th – Caleb Fulkerson, 11th – Shelby Hall, 12th – Jacob Barnett, 13th – Shane Greenwell, 14th – Tyler Goodlett, 15th – Shelby West, 16th – Morgan Mayer.  The first place Senior Team Overall was awarded to Spencer Counties Team of Marianne Gaddie, Cecilia Petersen, and Rachel Siebert.
Congratulations to all of the members from Spencer County who participated in the contest and took home ribbons.