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Putnam Ants 4-H team takes second in state competition

Friday, December 16, 2011

Putnam County winners in the recent State 4-H/FFA Entomology Contest were (from left) Luke Norris, sixth-place individual in junior division; Amanda Beals, second-place individual in junior division; Kelly Hansen, seventh-place individual in junior division; and Beth Ann Hansen, second-place in senior division. Norris, Beals and Kelly Hansen are all members of the junior team that placed second in the state during the competition.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Putnam Ants 4-H Club Career Development event team from Greencastle competed in the State 4-H/FFA Entomology Contest on Dec. 10 at Purdue University.

Team members are Luke Norris, Amanda Beals, Kelly Hansen and Beth Ann Hansen, all from Greencastle.

The team is coached by Gayle Hansen of Greencastle.

The junior-level Putnam Ants team, which was composed of Amanda Beals, Luke Norris and Kelly Hansen, placed second at the State 4-H/FFA Entomology Contest.

Individual honors in the junior-level division went to Amanda Beals as second-place individual, Luke Norris as sixth-place individual and Kelly Hansen for seventh-place individual.

In the senior division, Beth Ann Hansen took second as an individual.

Career Development Events are designed to encourage youth to learn all they can about a specific topic. In entomology they learn to identify insect specimens. They must also complete a quiz on insects. Youth practice the skills of observation, analysis and communication -- skills they will use their entire lives.

Youth also enjoy the fun, teamwork and competition of Career Development judging events. There are more than a dozen different competitions where 4-H'ers may participate in career development events.

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