Kylie Brinkman has excelled beyond measure.
|Kylie Brinkman. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Most 4-H members are pleased when their projects are judged favorably at the county level. From each project area, 4-H members from around the state competed and several members received an "Outstanding of the Day." From those winners, a Clock Trophy was awarded to the top individual for each project. There were no clock trophy winners this year from Wood County.
Kylie, an 11-year-old member of the Beaver Creek Boosters 4-H Club, not only took all three of her projects to the state fair, each of them was recognized as an outstanding of the day recipient.
Her projects were Science Fun with Dairy Foods, Snack Attack and Tops for Tweens.
The latter project can be seen in the photo with the story. Her snack project included meatballs, oatmeal muffins, smoothies and other nutritious foods providing healthier snack choices.
Her science dairy project included experiments with milk where by shaking it, she could make butter or by heating it curdling the milk to make ricotta cheese.
To earn the three honors, it required Kylie and her family to make two trips to Columbus including one overnight stay to show her projects on three separate days.
Of the three honors, the 4-Her said she was most surprised about the science project with milk.
"I was really surprised and excited," she said of her science project's win. "I spent more time on that after I qualified (at the county level) and improved it."
She said Jennifer Morlock of the OSU Extension office worked with her and also loaned her a butter churn to take to the state competition.
She is the daughter of Melissa and Jason Brinkman.
Her mother said she was most surprised about her being honored for the sewing project.
"Clothing is another world at the state fair," her mom said.
Kylie said she was 'really really excited' with the second award.
Kylie personally chose the material and spent countless hours on the project.
"I would say forever," she said of her time invested. "The hardest part was the mini pom trim on the sleeves."
The young sewer said the pleats on the front and the back came fairly easy for her.
"The judge said my pleats were smooth and she liked how my belt contrasted with the top."
After her excitement and surprise at earning the outstanding awards with the first two, the now normally reserved Kylie, had a goal of not only getting a third outstanding, but also earning a clock trophy.
While she was not recognized with the clock trophy, she did get the third and final outstanding.
Kylie also did well at the county fair winning a top award for her tote bag in the needlework department.
Not happy to rest on her laurels, Kylie is already beginning her plans for next year's projects. For the 2014 season she is planning on taking projects of "you can Quilt," "Sewing for Others," and You're the Athlete."
Kylie's younger sister, Ashley, is also planning her projects and hopes to equal or surpass her sister's awards.
The other "outsandings" listed with their 4-H club and project were:
• Grace Armbruster, 4-Leaf Clover Kids, Pocket Pets;
• Mallory Beach, Haskins Clover Crew, Family History Treasure Hunt;
• Zachary Bozigar, Country Guys & Gals, Shooting Sports - Shotgun
• Jacob Brickner, The Woody's, Crank It Up
• Kelsey Burg, Green Meadows, Scrapbooking
• Megan Fisher, Colorful Clovers, Photography Master
• Kristen Fowler, Tontogany Four Leaf Clovers, Shooting Sports - Pistol
• Trevor Hennan, Tontogany Hotwires, Fishing for the Beginner
• Meara Holden, Buds & Beyond, Sew Fun,
• Jennifer Lang, Dowling Stitch, Stir & Stock, Cake Decorating
• Jordyn Lenox, Beaver Creek Boosters, Star Spangled Foods
• Brynne Limes, Tontogany Four Leaf Clovers, Makeover My Space
• Bryce Maenle, BG Brigade, Rockets Away Solid Fuel
• Keira Miller, Lucky Charms, Yeast Breads on the Rise
• Chloe Schmitz, Live and Learn, Embellish
• Rebekah Schmitz, Live and Learn, Joyful Jumper
• Nathan Spencer, Saddles & Surreys, Warm It Up