The Junior Entomology judging team from Lake County competed in the State 4-H Entomology Career Development Event last month at Purdue University.
Team members Allison Bewick of Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Valparaiso; Michael Clark, of Grimmer Middle School, Schererville; Katelynn Neal and Makayla Neal, both of Jerry Ross Elementary School, Crown Point; won this honor by placing second in the Area 10 Career Development Event in November in Knox.
The team was coached by 4-H volunteer Terry Miller, of Lowell, who provides a series of entomology workshops for 4-H members.
In addition, senior contestants Sarah Dingman, Lake Central High School, St. John; and Claire Miller, Covenant Christian School, DeMotte; qualified as individuals for the state event.
Career Development Events are designed to encourage youth to learn all they can about a specific topic.
In entomology, 4-H members learn to identify insect specimens. They must also complete a quiz on the topic.
Youths practice the skills of observation, analysis, and communication, skills they will use their entire lives. They also enjoy the fun, teamwork and competition of Career Development Judging Events, said Julie Jones, 4-H Youth Development educator with the Lake County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Crown Point.
The Lake County 4-H Entomology program is open to all young people in grades three to 12. For more information, contact the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service at (219) 755-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.