Entomology team earns 10th State Championship

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 The Switzerland County 4-H Entomology (Insect Science) teams continue their high level of achievement at Purdue.

  For the seventh year in a row, the senior (high school) team earned first place at the state Entomology Judging Contest. The team’s first three championships were won in the junior division; and now as high school students they continue to do outstandingly well.

  For the third year in a row, the junior team (grades 3 through 8) also earned first place at the state level — giving Switzerland County a combined 10 state championships in a seven-year period.

  The state competition was held on December 14th at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where the top teams from Indiana’s 92 counties met for the final exam in Purdue’s Career Development Event. The competition is open to all Indiana 4-H and FFA members.

  Members of the Switzerland County senior competition team are: Levi Baker who was the highest scoring individual in the state. Following closely were Andrea Hall (second high individual) and Laney Proffet (third high individual in the state.) Completing the team is Andrew Romans. This group is the highest scoring senior team ever.

  Members of our junior competition team are: Jayla Loney, who was the highest scoring junior individual in the state. Following closely were Jenal Flynn (second high individual) and Patty Miller (fourth high individual in the state). Completing the team is Raven Frazier.

  As with the senior team, this was the highest scoring junior team ever.

  The newer members of the group are: Sorren Russell, Courtney Pyles, Peyton Miller, and Scott Cunningham — whose scores all continue to improve as they become more experienced.

  Both junior and senior teams earned their trip to the state competition by placing first at the area contest in November. All of the members know that there is a lot of information to learn and remember, but that their many hours of study and preparation pay off.

  Switzerland County’s teams are coached by Sandra Flynn and Milan Busching. Anyone interested in participating and learning about insects or the 4-H Entomology project may contact the Purdue Extension office in Vevay at (812) 427-3152.