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4-H Roundup: University of Tennessee at Martin

By Erik Taylor
By etaylor@wbbjtv.com

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Hundreds of West Tennessee teens gather for the 91st Annual 4-H Roundup to compete for college scholarships among other cash prizes and recognition for their work.

More than 350 high school 4-H'ers gathered Monday at the University of Tennessee at Martin to kick off a Roundup event which brings tough competition from across the state.

The 4-H'ers showcased projects they've worked on all year from the fields from communication to technology, livestock to crop production and much more.

"4-H in Tennessee has never been better and never been stronger. We have tremendous support across the state. We have outstanding 4-H members involved in project work." Justin Crowe said, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development.

Students who are attending the Roundup event will be competing for top prizes including college scholarships.

"Besides that we will have a lot of workshops and educational sessions where students can learn from anything such as a rodeo lesson and cupcake wars, to people learning how to decorate and bake things." Alex Crockett, 4-H State Council President, said.

The Roundup is geared to get teens college and career ready.

"Well this event to me is kind of a culmination of a career. 4-H is all about preparing youth for making the best for their community, and their world. This is kind of the culmination of a career for a lot of these people." Crockett said.

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world, reaching more than 8 million people here in the U.S and in 80 countries worldwide.

"I'm personally from the Central Region and so I don't get to see people from East and West Tennessee very often. When everyone comes together you get to make new friends and get to see people you haven't in a year or so." Cassie Cain, 4-H State Secretary and Representative, said.

The participants experience a little bit of the college life during the competition and stay on campus for the entire week. The Roundup runs fro July 21 through July 25 at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
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