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 Amador County Royalty - Lily Himmel

The studying and preparation began many months ago for the 2022 American Rabbit Breeders Association’s (ARBA) National Convention and Rabbit Royalty competition. Adult and youth exhibitors from every part of the United States and Canada convened this past week in Reno, Nevada to help showcase some 15,000 rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs), and attend conference sessions, visits a variety of booths to learn about breed clubs, equipment, and care products. During this week-long event there were ample opportunities to network with rabbit and cavy enthusiasts, learn from experts, and enjoy the company of friends from across the continent.

For the Youth Royalty contestants, the preparation began way back, in the heat of the summer months, with contestants submitting a detailed application explaining their involvement with, management of, and general knowledge of rabbits and/or cavies. During the week of convention, they each completed contests that involved breed identification and classification, skilled judging of classes of rabbits and cavies, a written knowledge exam, and finally a contestant interview. The points were tallied for each age group: Lord and Lady (5-8), Prince and Princess (9-11), Duke and Duchess (12-14), and King and Queen (15-18) and the winners were announced during the Youth Awards Banquet on November 1st, 2022.

Amador County was very well represented in these competitions by 4-H youth members Scott Williams, Lexi Himmel, Lily Himmel, Jacie Bell, Kaya Bell, and Leah Bell. Lexi had placings in the top of the classes for her American cavies and was able to secure a new breeding pair of Netherland Dwarfs to expand her rabbit program. Lily and Jacie worked as part of the California team and won the Intermediate Breed Identification contest and placed as 1st runner up team for the Intermediate Judging competition. Both Jacie and Kaya won their respective Achievement categories, Leah took 5th place in the Lady Royalty category, and together the Bell sisters’ rabbits took many top placings in the Mini Rex and Thrianta breeds. Scott enjoyed big wins with his Rex rabbits earning two Best Opposite Sex of Variety placings.

Beating out all the other national competition in the Royalty Duchess category was Amador County’s own, Lily Himmel. Lily is a member of Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, a teen leader for the rabbit, poultry, and dairy goat projects, Teen Ambassador for Amador County 4-H, community volunteer, and a student at Mountain Oaks School. Earlier this year, Lily also represented Amador County very well at the California State Fair earning the title of top Rabbit Exhibitor in the state and placing 4th overall in Small Animal Showmanship.

The teamwork, dedication, learning, and communication skills that these young people have demonstrated embody the values and goals of 4-H programs across the globe.

If you are interested in joining a 4-H project like this or others or if you are interested in volunteering to help the youth of Amador County grow and achieve please contact our local 4-H office at 209-223-6484 or visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/AC4H/ for more information.

Congratulations to everyone that worked so hard, made it to this competition, and represented the values of our community so well.

 

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Congratulation Lily Himmel!

Lily Himmel: California State Fair Junior Small Animal Champion Challenge winner. This competition involved knowledge and showmanship activities for rabbits and poultry. Posted 8/4/22
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Mountain Oaks Competes in Nature Bowl

Tuolumne County students excel in 2022 Nature Bowl
Submitted to the Democrat
 
May 19, 2022, Updated May 20, 2022
 
Members of Belleview Elementary's team in the 2022 Nature bowl study plants during the competition.
Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office
 
The annual Nature Bowl is a science-based educational program for third- through sixth-graders from throughout Northern California. 
 
Students gain ecological knowledge and conservation literacy through games, problems, puzzles and exploration. Teamwork and creativity are encouraged as students rotate through stations in a friendly, educational competition. 
 
Natural Bowl curriculum is based on the California Education and the Environment Initiative in conjunction with the Next Generation Science Standards. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife develops the curriculum and works with partners to hold Nature Bowl events. 
 
The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools has organized the Nature Bowl for Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne county schools since 2017. This year’s event was held in a hybrid format to ensure as many students could participate as possible. 
 
The student response to this year’s event was very positive.
 
“Nature bowl was so fun, because my team was so active in the activities and projects,” said fourth-grader Sidney Portillo. “ I’d like to thank my coach for teaching me the amazing wonders of nature.”
 
Local schools did well in a variety of categories with Belleview’s third-fourth-grade team winning the Best Team Problem Solving, designing leaf-shaped rooftops to capture rainwater into a reservoir for irrigation of sports fields and school gardens. Belleview’s fight-sixth-grade team won Best Environmental Project, creating a solution to solve habitat loss from wildfires by putting plant seeds into the water dropped by planes during catastrophic fire events. Mountain Oaks in San Andreas won the Best Overall third-fourth-grade team by addressing mask wasted, deforestation, completing nature investigations, and local species identification. 
— Submitted by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office
 

Homemade Masks

Check out these beautiful homemade Paper Mache masks created and modeled by the Dianda Family. 
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Homemade Masks
Homemade Masks

Somebunny Successful

Saturday, February 26 marked the first time the California 4-H Avian Bowl hosted a team from Amador County. This event was created in 1989 and has been held nearly every year since, alongside a spectacular poultry show in Fresno, CA.
Amador County was well represented by their junior team, High Eggspectations, consisting of Cecilia O’Geen (Mountain Ranch 4-H Club), Lexi Himmel and Lily Himmel (both of Blue Ribbon 4-H Club) and coach Dr. Kelsi Williams.
This fast-paced, intense competition required months of game preparation through studying poultry terminology, diseases, breeds and much more. High Eggspectations won each of their four rounds leading them to become the 2022 California State Avian Bowl Junior Champions! The senior champion team will go on to represent California at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this summer.
If you know youth that love chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys or game birds and would be interested in being a part of this and other wonderful poultry events please see the Amador County 4-H website for details on joining today.
 
Congratulations to three Mountain Oaks students and one Mountain Oaks teacher!
High Eggspectations, consisting of Cecilia O’Geen (Mountain Ranch 4-H Club), Lexi Himmel and Lily Himmel (both of Blue Ribbon 4-H Club) and coach Dr. Kelsi Williams.
High Eggspectations won each of their four rounds leading them to become the 2022 California State Avian Bowl Junior Champions! 

Saturday, February 26 marked the first time the California 4-H Avian Bowl hosted a team from Amador County. This event was created in 1989 and has been held nearly every year since, alongside a spectacular poultry show in Fresno, CA.
Amador County was well represented by their junior team, High Eggspectations, consisting of Cecilia O’Geen (Mountain Ranch 4-H Club), Lexi Himmel and Lily Himmel (both of Blue Ribbon 4-H Club) and coach Dr. Kelsi Williams.
This fast-paced, intense competition required months of game preparation through studying poultry terminology, diseases, breeds and much more. High Eggspectations won each of their four rounds leading them to become the 2022 California State Avian Bowl Junior Champions! The senior champion team will go on to represent California at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this summer.
If you know youth that love chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys or game birds and would be interested in being a part of this and other wonderful poultry events please see the Amador County 4-H website for details on joining today.
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