Three Robertson County teens received $1,000 college scholarships at State 4-H Roundup held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Arianna Banta was awarded a rural health nursing scholarship.  Gareth Eller and Analynn Jones were state winners in their respective 4-H projects, forestry and wildlife and entomology. Eller and Jones will attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta this November.

Receiving the Vol State Award were Jones, Eller, Banta, and Alyssa Jackson. The Vol State award culminates the three-tier leadership recognition program in Tennessee 4-H. To earn the Vol State Award, teens become 4-H Honor Club members followed by All Star membership. 

The delegates also participated in the State 4-H All Star Conference during the week of Roundup. Other All Stars attending were Josie McGrew, Aubry Mays and Sean Moody. McGrew, Jackson and Moody were named as state finalists in their respective projects, horse, plant science and computers and technology. 

Competitors created a portfolio website to showcase their project work, which included leadership and citizenship participation. During the week of Roundup, finalists were interviewed to complete the scoring process.

Robertson County adults, Ladonna Jones, 4-H volunteer and Timmy Mann, 4-H Agent, attended the event.  Activities included educational workshops, a college tour, and trip to Dollywood, and state council elections.

Locally, middle and high school teens can participate in the 4-H County Wide Teen Club which meets the first Monday of every month, except September and July. The meetings are held at the UT Extension Office at 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. UT Extension programs are available to all eligible persons. For more information, contact Kathy Finley at

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