PS Cooperative Extension holds annual ornament contest
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS This year's winning ornament was designed by Molly Mertz of Lehighton. This ornament, as well as all other contest entries are currently displayed on the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office's Christmas tree.
The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Carbon County held its annual holiday ornament contest for 4-H members recently.
Georgia Farrow, program assistant and youth development/4-H, said this is the 10th year the extension has held the contest.
All ornaments are displayed on a Christmas tree in the Penn State office, located along Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe.
Criteria for entries include that all ornaments must be handmade by the 4-H member, be no larger than five-inch by five-inch, and depict a 4-H theme, either a project area or showing the 4-H clover. Ornaments are then judged on creativity and originality.
This year's winners are Molly Mertz of Lehighton, first place; Brittany Fronheiser of Palmerton, second; Heather Moore of Albrightsville, third; Jackie Malloy of Lehighton, fourth; and Emily Buchman of White Haven, fifth.
Penn State Cooperative Extension is a community-oriented educational organization that provides programs such as the 4-H program, in which children and teens up to age 18 can learn about a variety of topics from sewing and basket making to traveling and agriculture while building a strong social network.
For more information on the 4-H clubs in Carbon County, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at (570) 325-2788 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.