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May 15, 2006

4-H WHEP contest winners announced

Chris Moorman at WHEP contest
Extension wildlife specialist Chris Moorman, center, works with participants in the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program Contest held April 29.

The 2006 North Carolina 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Contest was held at Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve in Mecklenburg County April 29. Twelve teams and 10 individuals from 10 counties competed in the contest, which included recommended on-site habitat management practices, wildlife species identification, wildlife foods identification and interpreting wildlife habitat from aerial photographs.

The Alexander County senior team will represent North Carolina at the National 4-H WHEP Invitational during late July in Madison, Wis.

Members of the Alexander Senior Team are Michael Hill, Caiti Cranford, Vanessa Patterson. Coaches for this team are Lenny Rogers, Alexander County Extension director, and Dennis Wahlers, Alexander County forest ranger. Suzanne Rhinehart is the 4-H agent.

The Henderson County senior team, which placed first in the state, represented North Carolina in 2004. Teams may attend the National WHEP Invitational only once, so Alexander County, as second place team, was chosen to represent the state this year.

Though a competitive event, WHEP’s primary purpose is to increase participants' knowledge of wildlife management practices while building life skills including leadership and teamwork. The North Carolina State Council of Quail Unlimited and individual chapters currently sponsor the NC WHEP program.

Team rankings:
Senior Team Division (age 14-19):
1. Henderson: Katie McCraw, Kyle Stinnett, Lory McCraw, Patrick McCraw
2. Alexander: Caiti Crandford, Michael Hill, Vanessa Patterson

Junior Team Division (age 9-13):
1. Catawba: Adam Coto, Ben Huysman, Chris Moore, Mason Coto
2. Henderson: Bethany Hyde, Caleb Worrell, Drue Stinnett, Gideon Worrell
3. Stanly: Chris Almond, Jared Hatley, Nicholas Lambert, Timothy Hatley

Senior Highest Individual Score:
1. Lory McCraw, Henderson County
2. Katie McCraw, Henderson County
3. Andrew Kimball, Johnston County

Junior Highest Individual Score:
1. Adam Coto, Catawba County (contest highest score)
2. Gideon Worrell, Henderson County
3. Ben Huysmen, Catawba County

Posted by Natalie at May 15, 2006 02:50 PM