August 2015
Youth Matters

4-H Extension Corner: Milk Masters

Winners announced in 2015 4-H Dairy Poster Contest.

The Alabama 4-H Dairy Poster Contest provides an opportunity for boys and girls to learn more about dairying and dairy nutritional facts. The contest encourages youth and others to take advantage of the benefits related to consumption of dairy products. While learning more about the dairy industry and dairy products, contestants can enjoy competition with others in local, county and statewide contests with valuable prizes.

"The program has been in existence for more than 25 years. The Dairy Poster Contest is an excellent way for 4-H youth to gain knowledge and present it in poster form," said Boyd Brady, a dairy specialist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

"This year it was coordinated by Jenny Isham, an undergraduate assistant in Dairy, who also is an Extension intern. She did an amazing job with this program and I would like to thank her for making this program a huge success," Brady added.

  Blaid Williamson, St. Clair County, won the Junior Division of the Dairy Poster Contest.

Each contestant made a 14-by-22 poster about milk, milk products and/or milk production. Posters for 2015 were submitted centered around the theme of "Get More with Milk." Three state winners from junior and senior divisions were selected.

Junior Division Winners:

1st Place: Blaid Williamson, St. Clair County

2nd Place: Jordan Issac, Shelby County

3rd Place: Breanna Burson, Cleburne County


Senior Division Winners:


1st Place: Cailey Wright, Geneva County

2nd Place: Angel Green, Jefferson County

3rd Place: Heather Herbert, St. Clair County

  Cailey Wright, Geneva County, won the Senior Division of the Dairy Poster Contest.


First place winners received a rosette and $75, second place winners received a rosette and $50, and third place winners received a rosette and $25, all courtesy of the American Dairy Association of Alabama.

"The participation in this contest was outstanding. There were more than 3,000 participants from 20 counties," Isham said. "I thoroughly enjoy seeing youth involved in any contest that shows their skills and lets their creativity shine.

"I want to congratulate every winner for their hard work and thank all other participants for their hard work and interest in the contest."

The winning posters were hard to narrow down. They were determined on the creativity, work and facts about dairy that were put into them.

Donna Reynolds is the communication editor of news and public affairs with ACES in Auburn.