Sevier County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Members recently brought home honors in the Eastern Regional 4-H Wildlife Judging Team competition held at The University of Tennessee Knoxville. The senior team placed first in the regional event, qualifying for state competition. The junior high team placed second in its competition. Senior team members include: Samantha Greene, Homeschool; Katie Beckner, Pigeon Forge High School; and Emily Graves and Tyler Bruhin, Sevier County High School. As individuals in the event, Samantha placed 2nd high, Katie 8th high, Emily 9th high and Tyler 10th high overall. Ronnie Weeks, Pigeon Forge High School, also participated as an individual. These 4-H members will travel to Jackson, Tennessee for the state competition on June 15. At the state event, twelve teams from across Tennessee will compete for a trip to the National 4-H Wildlife Evaluation Judging Team Competition in the Wisconsin Dells, later this summer. The second place Junior High Team consisted of team members: Hunter Greene, Homeschool; Michael Ratliff, Sevierville Middle School; Samantha Bullock and Blake Huff, Seymour Middle School. As individuals, Hunter placed 8th high and Michael placed 9th high in the contest. In wildlife judging, 4-H members learn to identify common wildlife foods, interpret wildlife habitat from aerial photographs and make recommendations for on-site wildlife management practices for landowners. Wildlife judging gives young people the opportunity to develop their decision making skills.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.