Contact Us...

If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at
Comal-tx@tamu.edu or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site: http://comal.agrilife.org

District Fall Roundup Results

2016-2017 District Food Challenge Results:

Junior Team: Recipe Wranglers – 3rd place Breads & Cereals
Claire Schaeferkoeter, Jess Whitehead, Wesley Whitehead, Whitney Whitehead

Junior Team: Spicy Sisters –Nutritious Snacks Participation
Elizabeth Storter, Hope Reichert, Brynn Jendrzey, Elena Naranjo

Intermediate Team: Jelly Bellys – 3rd place Fruits & Vegetables
Ella Wommack, Emily Hartmann, Falon Cochran

Intermediate Team: Fit with Food – 1st place Nutritious Snacks
Brenlea Broyles, Emily Rankin, Reagan Hoffmann

Bluebonnet Senior Team – 1st place Breads & Cereals – GOING TO STATE!
Jacey Hall, McKenna Hall, Presley Wirebaugh, Miranda Horak

2016-2017 District Food Show Results:

Junior Dairy – Peyton Wirebaugh – 3rd place
Junior Fruits & Vegetables – Samuel Hall – Participation
Junior Grains – Jacob Estill – Participation

Intermediate Fruits & Vegetables – Nathanael Hall – Participation
Intermediate Protein – Nahalie Stidhem – 3rd place

Senior Dairy – Christian Estill – Participation
Senior Fruits & Vegetables – Presley Wirebaugh – 1st place – GOING TO STATE!
Senior Grains – Kenzy Hoffmann – 5th place
Senior Protein – Shelby Steinbach – 1st place – GOING TO STATE!

2016-2017 District Horse Quiz Bowl:

Intermediate Team: Comal County Spurs – 1st place
Brielle Thomas, Jacy Welch, Kate Wommack, Nathanael Hall

Senior Team: Comal County Trail Blazers – 1st place – GOING TO STATE!
Ashley Fuqua, Bridget Martin, Clayton Elbel, Jacey Hall

Senior Team: Comal County Mavericks – 2nd place – GOING TO STATE!
Camryn Stetter, Cody Elbel, McKenna Hall, Sierra Peirsol

2016-2017 District Nutrition Quiz Bowl:

Intermediate Team: Comal Cereal Killers – 2nd place
Nahalie Stidhem, Davis Mathews, Elijah Harris, Grace Gambrell

Senior Team: Nutrition Nerds – 3rd place
Kenzy Hoffmann, Presley Wirebaugh, Sarah Syamken, Shelby Steinbach

Senior Team: Participation

Aubrey Harris, Christian Estill, Hannah Kolb, Hayden Mathews

Congratulations to all these participants!

Coop Club - NO DECEMBER MEETING!

The new Coop Club is meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Rahe Bulverde Elementary School in Bulverde. This is for those interested in raising or showing backyard chickens. Next meeting is January 10, 2017. NO DECEMBER MEETING!

2017 Roundup Theme

Texas 4-H Roundup is six months away. Mark your calendars, if you have not done so already, for June 5-8, 2017.  Also, bookmark http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/ to find all information related to Roundup.
                                               
The 2016-2017 Texas 4-H Council has set this year’s theme for Roundup which is “Dream On”.  Many of our Districts have already hosted qualifying events this year and you may have seen the “My Dream Came True” signs that our qualifying members are receiving.  We encourage members to post on social media using hashtags #Texas4H and #4HDream which is this year’s Roundup specific hashtag.

4-H Livestock Show - aka The Practice Show!

4-H Livestock Show – aka The Practice Show!
Saturday, December 17th at the Comal County Fairgrounds!  If you still want to enter, and are an ACTIVE member on 4-H Connect, you may pay $25 cash per head the morning of the show.

Dress Code: All exhibitors will be required to wear long pants or ankle length skirts and collared shirts with no midriffs or cleavage exposed and closed toed shoes must be worn during the show. Dress code WILL be enforced.

Show Schedule:
7 a.m.     Gates/Barns open
8 a.m.     CATTLE, GOATS, LAMBS, SWINE check in; weigh and classify your own animals; turn in weight/breed cards to Livestock Office
9 a.m.     DUE: Weight/breed cards for
               SWINE/LAMBS
10 am     SHOW OPENS: All exhibitors to show ring for pledge, 4-H pledge, motto and prayer; STEER Weight/breed cards due
10:15     BREEDING RABBIT SHOW (Fancies and
               Meat Breeds)
11:00     GOAT weight cards DUE


Show Order:

Ring A                                    Ring B
Swine                                      Lambs
Steers                                     Goats
Heifers


NO SLICK SHEARING OR TRIMMING ON SHOW GROUNDS (THIS INCLUDES THE PARKING LOT)!!!

District Food Show Results

Congratulations to Presley Wirebaugh and Shelby Steinbach who will be representing Comal County 4-H at State 4-H Roundup next June!

District Horse Quiz Bowl

Our two senior teams took first and second place at District 10 Round-Up! Both are going to State Round-Up. First Place team is Clayton Elbel, Jacey Hall, Ashley Fuqua, and Bridget Martin.




























Our second place team: McKenna Hall, Camryn Stetter, Sierra Peirsol, and Cody Elbel. They'll be joining our First Place team at State Round-Up.




























Congrats to our Intermediate Horse Quiz Bowl Team. They took first place at District 10 Round-Up. The team members are Nathanael Hall, Jacy Welch, Brielle Thomas, & Kate Wommack.

District Food Challenge Results

These lovely ladies, Presley Wirebaugh, Miranda Horak, McKenna Hall, & Jacey Hall, took first place in Breads and Cereals in the Senior Division at District 10 Round-Up!

Bulverde 4-H - November Meeting

Bulverde 4-H Club met on November 14th with 28 people attending (16 members and 12 parents). The program, given by Stacey and Reagan Hoffmann, was on the Who, When, What and Why of 4-H Recordbooks and the importance of keeping a written record of your work.

Community Service Project: Get together and create Blessing Bags for homeless; help at Bulverde Food Pantry.

Our next meeting will be December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Addison Markle

Help Tennessee's 4-H families!

WILDFIRE RELIEF
Tennessee 4-H is receiving a number of contacts asking how they can help those individuals in the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN (Sevier County) that have been impacted by the recent wildfire. Large amounts of supplies have been donated already. What is needed is help in providing for the financial needs of these families as they rebuild their lives.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee 4-H are announcing an effort to collect gift cards for people displaced and affected by the wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee. Fires over the past two days have destroyed thousands of acres of forests, burned hundreds of buildings and businesses and claimed several lives. At the present time we are aware of 30 4-H families that have lost everything in the fire. In addition, a mother and her two daughters are still missing. These two daughters are both 4-H members, ages 12 and 9.

Gift cards of any monetary value to nationally recognized retailers can be mailed to the UT Extension office in Sevier County to Alan Bruhin’s (County Director) attention. 4-Hers, UTIA employees or anyone across the state or nation are encouraged to help out as best they can. Affected families will be able to use these cards to buy supplies and necessities in the coming weeks of rebuilding.

Donated gift cards can be mailed to UT Extension, 752 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37862. The phone number of the office is 865-453-3695. If individuals desire a tax deductible receipt for their monetary donation, those individuals can mail a donation, made payable to the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, to 2621 Morgan Circle, 205 Morgan Hall, Knoxville, TN 37796. The Tennessee 4-H Foundation will, in turn, purchase gift cards using the donations and send them to the Extension office in Sevier County.



4-H Day at the Capitol!


4-H Council Community Service Committee

If you were on the Community Service Committee for 4-H Council we are going to meet December 19th, 2016 @ 5:00 PM at the Spring Branch Starbucks. 

Members on the committee were: 
Jacey Hall 
Kenzy Hoffmann
Fallon Cochran 
Kaitlynn Keil 
Kylee Edwards 

Contact me at 210-730-6797 or jacey@purplepod.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you!


- Jacey Hall

Family Archery Camp

The Texas 4-H Center is proud to be hosting a weekend long family style archery camp January 20-22, 2017. This program is designed as an introduction to the Archery project within Texas 4-H. No experience is necessary but please remember that any youth that want to participate in a shooting sports competition later on will need a certified coach to take them. This camp is family-style, meaning that each youth participant must have an adult attending with them. One adult may chaperone multiple youth. Any adult attending 4-H Archery Family Camp must be currently enrolled in 4-H Connect as a volunteer with a completed background check and Child Protection Training. No certification option is available for participants.

The cost for the program is $170 for hotel-style lodging (private room and bathroom, pillow top mattress, and TV), or $145 for dormitory-style lodging (bunk beds in open room with a shared bathroom, one family per unit).

Top Ten Buyers' Gifts

Every year the CCJLSA thanks the Top 10 Buyers from the Junior Livestock Show with a basket of goodies at Christmas time. If you or your club want to be a part of that, you can bring ten (10) identical items – homemade is great! – to the Extension office on Sunday, December 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 in the meeting room. The committee will be here to accept your offerings at that time. 

#GivingCloverDay

Join #Texas4H in celebrating Giving Tuesday the 4-H way - #GivingCloverDay! Give a $20 clover and give a Texas 4-H member an opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure, and use their influence to drive positive outcomes. Give to grow a True Leader: Texas4HFoundation.org/give

Ambassador Recognition Event Held

Ambassador Recognition Ceremony for Equine and Livestock Ambassadors held. 
Left to right: Kaitlin Smith, Ashley Fuqua, Dr. Zanolini, Kenzy Hoffmann and Payton Miner. 

Duds to Dazzle Practice and Training

Join us for a day of fun on Wednesday, December 28th from 10:00 to 2:00 in the Extension Meeting Room. 

Bring a lunch - we have drinks!

We'll practice making items from our mystery bags. 

RSVP by December 22nd so we have enough supplies - everyone is welcome!

Dinosaur Valley Jackpot Show - Glen Rose, TX


Bluebonnet - October meeting

Bluebonnet 4-H Club met on October 9th at the RiverChase Clubhouse.

Our program on Drone Discovery was presented by Mr. MacCrossan and Helena. We learned the dynamics of flying and how the wind can have an effect on how an object moves and operates.

We had a costume contest and introduced a new mentoring project called "Bluebonnet Buddies." We kicked off our Christmas poinsettia fundraiser.

Our next meeting is Sunday, November 13th at the Comal County Extension office. We will be making gifts for nursing home residents and Top Ten Buyers.

Submitted by: Peyton Wirebaugh, Reporter

Bluebonnet - September meeting

Bluebonnet met on September 11th. Our program was on getting started with running and triathlons, presented by Nick Sidel. Mr. Sidel explained what a triathlon is and how to begin a training program for a triathlon. He talked about how the events are organized and how to find out about events in our area.

For Community Service, we prepared desserts and delivered them to local firefighters.

We installed new officers and had a special inspiration to honor our flag and remember the people lost on September 11th. We discussed our plans for programs and projects for the year. We discussed our club responsibilities at the 4-H dance.

Our next meeting is Sunday, October 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 at RiverChase Clubhouse.

Submitted by: Peyton Wirebaugh, Reporter

ReFashion Retreat and Duds to Dazzle Training







































Shooting Sports Coach Training - Smith County


Bosque Bullseyes - Indoor Archery Tournament





































Southern Classic Youth Livestock Project Experience


Close to Home - November Meeting

Reporter: Nathanael Hall 
Date: November 10, 2016 
Club: Close to Home

23 members, 12 adults, 2 guests 

Program topic: Navy seal Billy Jewett 

We had a regular meeting covering activities within the club including food & nutrition, vet science, photography, and WHEP. We made a major announcement about donating a food item for the Police Appreciation Meal for New Braunfels Police. 

Announcements included district fall roundup is December 1-3. Bluebonnet photo workshops are taking place, Spanish kindergarten books are needed for the county. 

Our next meeting will be December 8th, at 2:30 PM, at Tye Preston Library. 


Our program will be our Christmas party. 

Gruene Kountry November Meeting

Our November meeting was held on Sunday, Nov. 13th, at the Mission Valley Community Center.  There were 48 people in attendance (members: 29, Parents/Adults: 16, and Guests: 3).

The program was given by Korvan Kreusler, with Comal County Farm Bureau. He talked about how animals come from the farm to the table. This goes with our project Field to Freezer. Animals are raised on farms, processed, and then go to the stores for people to buy and feed their families.

We also voted for what we would do at our Christmas party. We decided on a white elephant gift exchange and cookie exchange.

We packed snack bags for the NBPD. Our club donated them to Comal County 4-H for First Responders Appreciation Day.

Our next meeting is December 4, 2016 from 3pm-5pm at the Symaken home.  We will have our Christmas party and assemble stockings for our residents at Colonial Manor.

We will go caroling and deliver the stockings at Colonial Manor on Monday, December 12 at 6pm.


Submitted by Brynnleigh Miller, Gruene Kountry Reporter

Dinner Tonight - 4-H'ers helped Ms. Connie!

Monday, November 14th, several 4-H'ers helped serve snacks at Dinner Tonight, held at the Westside Community Center.

Thanks to all who helped - we couldn't have done it without you!


Police Appreciation Dinner

Thanks to everyone who brought food and/or delivered it to the New Braunfels Police Department. They were very grateful!


Kaleigh Lawson selected to Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Team!

WOOHOO! Way to go, Kaleigh!

Kaleigh was selected to participate as a member of the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Team. She will be part of the Texas Team competing during the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational June 25-30, 2017 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Kaleigh's name will be posted on the Texas 4-H web site on the 4-H Shooting Sports webpage along with the other members and coaches of the Texas Team comprised of each of the shooting disciplines.

We are proud of you! Go, Kaleigh!


4-H Rifle/Pistol Family Camp

The Texas 4-H Center is excited to host a brand new weekend long family camp focused on rifle and pistol January 20-22. This program is designed as an introduction to the Rifle and Pistol projects within Texas 4-H. No experience is necessary but please remember that any youth wanting to participate in shooting sports competition later on will need a certified coach to take them. This camp is family style, meaning that each youth registrant must have an adult attending with them. One adult may chaperone multiple youth. Any adult attending 4-H Rifle/Pistol Family camp must be currently enrolled in 4-H Connect as a volunteer with a completed background check and Child Protection Training.

We are also hosting an archery family camp the same weekend. Information for that will be sent soon.




New Braunfels Area Community Foundation Scholarships

CLICK HERE to see the entire packet!

If you are a student seeking scholarships in 2017, please refer to the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation website (www.nbacf.org) for an updated list of available scholarships. 

Applications are accepted ONLINE ONLY. Application deadline is February 17, 2017. Applications open January 6, 2017.

This includes the 2017 Comal 4-H Scholarship in the amount of $1000.

Teen Retreat - January 6-8, 2017


District 10 4-H Photography Contest

District 10 4-H Photography Contest

Regular Registration on 4-H Connect: January 23 - February 1, 2017
Cost:  $5 per person

Late Registration: February 2-3, 2017
Cost: $30 per person ($5 plus $25 late fee)

Age Divisions:
- Juniors (3rd grade and 8 years old - 5th grade)
- Intermediates (6th - 8th grade)
- Senior (9th - 12th grade)

Number of Entries
Each 4-H member may enter up to three (3) photos, but they must be in three different categories. You cannot enter all three in the same category!

All entries for the 2016 District 10 Photography Contest will be completed using 4-H Connect (www.4honline.com). Please read the rules carefully to avoid disqualification of entries! Be sure to label your photos correctly and size them as directed. 

CLICK HERE to read the rules!

This is a stand-alone contest - it has NOTHING to do with the State Photography Contest, which is open to Seniors only and has a county qualifying contest.

Horse, Beef, Swine & Food/Nutrition Quiz Bowl


2017 Beekeeping Essay Contest

Attached you will find the 2017 Beekeeping Essay Contest information. This year’s essay will be submitted online through Texas 4-H Connect.

2017 Essay Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Deadline for submission will be Friday, January 27, 2017.
AWARDS: 
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from Texas 4-H:
·         1st Place: $300.00
·         2nd Place: $200.00
·         3rd Place: $100.00

Texas 4-H Contest Sponsored by : A complete list of sponsors will be sent to participants for thank you purposes by February 1, 2017.

Information is posted on our web site - CLICK HERE to read the rules and important information!


The attached information will be added to the Texas 4-H website http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/ .  We will upload sponsorship information to the page as well once received.

National 4-H Conference

Applications are being accepted now through December 15 for National 4-H Conference. National Conference is a working conference where youth and adults assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. The program will be held in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the National 4-H Center with travel into Washington, DC. Dates for 2017 are March 25-30.

Youth, ages 15-18, are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted in 4-H Connect through December 15. There is no fee to apply. The Texas delegation will be announced by January 13, 2017. Selected delegates will then have until February 1 to register and make payment of $2,000. The registration fee covers the delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals and ground transportation. Delegates are housed at the National 4-H Center.

Additional information can also be found at http://4-h.org/parents/national-4-h-conference/ Check out the video to see live action from previous conference sessions.

This is an outstanding leadership and civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members. 

Hippology Team at All American Quarter Horse Congress
































Comal County 4-H Hippology Team Represented Texas
at All American Quarter Horse Congress

Helena MacCrossan, Kaitlyn Smith, Cheyanne Hatley, and Bridget Martin competed on October 19 in the Hippology Contest at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.  Hippology is a contest that encompasses every aspect of the horse.  The girls competed in horse judging, a written exam, an identification test and 2 team problems.  They placed in the top 15.

Congratulations!!

Head Start kids need books

Llevar Los Libros!
Head Start kids need books

Our local Head Start Program is in need of children's story books in Spanish. Help provide books for these special children. Reading unlocks a world of learning. Brighten a child's Christmas by bringing Spanish story books to your November club meeting. Aim to donate 10 books per club.  Have your 
4-H Council delegate bring them to the December County Council Christmas Party (or drop them at the Extension office).

Please contact me if you have any questions at jacey@purplepod.com.

Thank you!
-Jacey Hall

2016 Comal County 4-H Food Challenge Results

The Comal County 4-H Food Challenge was held Monday, October 24th at the Westside Community Center, with 11 teams competing. Results are listed below.

Junior Teams

1st place: The Recipe Wranglers - Claire Schaeferkoeter, Jess Whitehead, Wesley Whitehead and Whitney Whitehead

2nd place: Spicy Sisters - Elizabeth Storter, Brynn Jendzrey, Elena Naranjo and Hope Reichert

3rd place: Cherry Bombs - Mandy Airola, Abby Cloe, Katie Gant, Megan Skarovsky and Peyton Wirebaugh

4th place: The Sugar Chefs - Paxtyn Cochran, Addison Carroll, Brynnleigh Miller and Hannah Pape

5th place: Cooking Clovers - Emily Crouch, Kimberly Scott, Allyson Scott and Landon Rebollo-Hileman

Intermediate Teams

1st place: Fit with Food - Brenlea Broyles, Emily Rankin, and Reagan Hoffmann

2nd place: Jelly Belly's - Fallon Cochran, Emily Hartmann and Ella Wommack

3rd place: Team Bobcat - Ava Allen, Ysabella Faleiro, Madison Miller, Bryan Prescott and Noah Wilburn

4th place: ZIMBA Master Creations - Matthew Martin, Ashley Dudzikowski, Isabella Martin, Berkley Bates and Zane Klein

5th place: Texas Tacos - Grayson Boles, Sydney Grayson, Jordan Hawkins, Nathan Peirsol and Jared Raposo

Senior Team

1st place: Bluebonnet Senior Team - Jacey Hall, McKenna Hall, Miranda Horak and Presley Wirebaugh

Congratulations to The Recipe Wranglers, Spicy Sisters, Fit with Food, Jelly Belly's and Bluebonnet Senior Team - they will be representing Comal County 4-H at District Fall 4-H Roundup on December 2nd in Kerrville. (Be sure to enter on 4-H Connect by November 1st!)

Take Care of Texas Video Contest

Take Care of Texas and Waste Management of Texas, Inc. invites students to submit a 30-second video public service announcement that portrays positive ways Texans can help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, or reduce waste. Three 9th-12th grade students with the best videos will be awarded scholarship funds; 1st place - $2,500, 2nd place - $1,500, and 3rd place - $500. Three 6th-8th grade students with the best videos will be awarded GroPros cameras with accessories.


The contest closes Dec. 16, 2016. The videos will then go through three rounds of judging, including a public voting period from Jan. 11 – 25, 2017. More contest details are available here.

2016-2017 4-H Council and Club Manager Meetings

December 7 - COUNCIL ONLY - 4:00 p.m. - Tree trimming at the Comal County Courthouse, with a meeting at the Extension office afterwards

February 1 - Council and Club Managers - 6:30 p.m. (Officers @ 6:00 pm)

April 6 - Council and Club Managers - 6:30 p.m. (Officers @ 6:00 pm)

State Photography Contest - Seniors ONLY

State 4-H Photography Contest Rules and Guidelines are posted on the state 
4-H web site at:
http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Texas4H_Photo_Rules.pdf

The objectives of the photography project are:
- To develop skills in composition, light, story line, posing, and awareness.
- To encourage 4-H members to use photography as a meaningful communication tool in their lives.
- To provide a photography project showcase opportunity for senior 4-H members.
- To continue to share the message of 4-H.
- To utilize photographs which can promote and strengthen the 4-H program.

This contest is for senior-aged 4-H members (9th through 12th grade) ONLY. 

You will need to email your photographs INDIVIDUALLY as attachments to jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu. Please specify the photo's category in the subject line of the email! We are only allowed to submit one photograph per category to the State contest, so this necessitates a county contest. County entries are due by March 10, 2017. Winners will be notified on or before April 1, 2017, which is when 4-H Connect opens for the State Photography Contest.

Please be sure to enter your photographs in the appropriate category! Decisions of the judges are final.

Close to Home - October meeting

Reporter name: Nathanael Hall 
Club: Close to Home 
Date of Meeting: 10/13/16

Number of people attending
Total: 34 Members: 20 Parents/Adults: 14 Guests: 2

There was no program. 

We discussed our One Day 4-H Project by cleaning up the river. We announced the county Food Show and upcoming county events. Our club photography project 1st meeting was announced and we went over the 4-H dance and reminded members to read the blog. 

Our community service project was gathering donated items for the Birthday in a Box. 

Our next meeting will be on Nov. 10th at 2:30 at Tye Preston Library. 

Our program will be Billy Jewett as a guest speaker.

Congrats, Layton!


Layton was high point individual and received a HyO buckle at the Brazoria County Livestock Judging Contest. 

Close to Home's One Day 4-H Project

Close to Home 4-H picked up trash on Oct. 20, 2016 on the horseshoe in the Guadalupe River. Thanks to all those who participated and Keep Canyon Lake Beautiful who made this 4-H one day project possible.


Birthday Cake in a Box - and Food Show Results!

The food show participants created  "birthday cake in a box" for the local food pantry. 





















Junior Dairy: Peyton Wirebaugh - 1st place
Junior Grains: Jacob Estill - 1st place
Junior Fruits & Vegetables: Samuel Hall - 1st place

Intermediate Fruits & Vegetables: Nathanael Hall - 1st place
Intermediate Proteins: Nahalie Stidhem - 1st place

Senior Proteins:
Shelby Steinbach - 1st place
Chrisian Estill - 2nd place
McKenna Hall - 3rd place
Jacey Hall - 4th place

Senior Fruits & Vegetables: Presley Wirebaugh - 1st place

Senior Grains: Kenzy Hoffmann - 1st place

4-H Opportunity Scholarships!

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is once again pleased to offer to our senior high school 4-H members and current college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship through the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation.  This year Texas 4-H members can apply for scholarships in three areas, baccalaureate, courageous heart, and technical. Former Texas 4-H members will be able to apply for scholarships through the collegiate scholarship program.  All information can be downloaded from the Texas 4-H website at:  texas4-h.tamu.edu

Application and Submission Guidelines - CLICK HERE

2017 Scholarship Application Form - CLICK HERE

Changes for the 2017 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Process
·        -  Scores from the Old (Jan 2016 or Before) and the New (Mar 2016 or After) of the SAT test will be accepted, as well as ACT scores.
·         - Any youth receiving a Terry Scholarship are NOT eligible to receive a Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship.
·         - Scholarship Interviews will be conducted in College Station in May, 2017.
·         - Dr. Darlene Locke will serve as the Scholarship Coordinator for 2017.  Please direct all questions directly to Dr. Locke.

The application and the instructions are separate documents for easier completion and direction.  The application form is being offered in Microsoft Word edition.

Due to a continued increase in incomplete and/or incorrect completion of the scholarship applications from applicants, any incomplete or incorrect application submitted will not be considered.  It is the responsibility of the 4-H member and parent/guardian to ensure all information is correct and complete prior to submitting.  Absolutely no follow up or updates will be allowed once submitted.

Due dates and deadlines for 2017 Scholarship process are as follows:
October, 2017                           Release of 2017 Application
November – January                 Scholarship Trainings
October                                     Applicant can start completing FAFSA and receive report
January 27, 2017                     Application due to County Office
February 3, 2017                       Applications due to District Office
February 17, 2017                     Applications due to State 4-H Office
April 14, 2017                          Interview selection notification
May 5-7, 2017                          Interviews in College Station, Texas
June 6, 7, &/or 8, 2017            Awards Assemblies/Banquets (College Station, TX)

Requirements for the Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart Scholarships

All applications MUST meet the minimum requirements/criteria to even be considered for judging (see guidelines for complete details).  Those applications not meeting the requirements should not be submitted to the county Extension Office and/or Agent.

Kolton Neuse - Grand Champion Market Lamb!

Congratulations to Kolton Neuse, who showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the State Fair of Texas! Way to start your senior year, Kolton!

Bulverde 4-H Club - October Meeting

Bulverde 4-H Club met on October 10th with 35 people present (15 members, 16 parents/adults and 3 guests). Our program was presented by Reagan Hoffmann. Her topic was How much sugar is really in your Halloween candy? You should be aware of how much sugar you are eating. 

Community Service Project: Trick or Treat and volunteer at the Food Pantry.

Other projects or business of special interest: Making centerpieces for Bulverde Senior Center. For Thanksgiving, help at a food pantry in New Braunfels and also Bulverde.

Our next meeting will be November 14th at 7 pm at Rahe Bulverde Elementary School.

Submitted by: Addison Markle, Reporter

WHEP at State Fair of Texas

On October 12, eight members of Comal County 4-H competed at the State Fair of Texas Wildlife Contest.  In the junior division, Davis Mathews, Nahalie Stidhem, Layton Hemann, and Layne Horak placed first, second, fourth, and sixth as individuals.  Davis and Halie were the grand champion junior team.  Layton and Layne won reserve champion junior team.  In the senior division, Hayden Mathews, Hannah Kolb, Miranda Horak, and Christian Estill placed first, second, sixth, and seventh as individuals.  Hayden and Hannah were the grand champion senior team.  Miranda and Christian won third place senior team.


This was the largest State Fair Wildlife Contest to date.  Many thanks to the parents for their support of these hard-working kids.  


Tractor Team at State Fair

Congratulations to the Tractor Team - they won Showmanship and Reserve Grand Tractor at the State Fair of Texas.


Gruene Kountry - One Day 4-H!

Gruene Kountry conducted their “One Day 4H” Project on Sunday, October 9th at the SOS Food Bank.

Mrs. Buck gave a tour of the SOS Food bank and showed the 4Her’s the facility. She explained how people are able to come for food when they need it.  Mrs. Buck said donations were very important. She also makes sure that everyone that comes to get food has a can opener.

The SOS Food Bank offers books and toiletry items as well.

We served by sorting the food donated to the bank. Gruene Kountry members donated over 200 pounds of food that day, too.

Total: 50
Members: 28
Parents/Adults: 18
Guests: 4

The next Gruene Kountry Club Meeting will be held November 13, 2016.


Submitted by Brynnleigh Miller, Gruene Kountry Reporter