• Tom Genes

Grand Champion From Gypsum

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

The Colorado State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program in Eagle County is honoring graduating senior Shyanna Maloney for her impressive 13-year career as a 4-H member.  

Watch Shyanna's winning video here

Shyanna joined the 4-H program as a Cloverbud, the youngest type of participant, when she was six years old. She and her peers were exposed to a variety of projects to inform their decision to pursue a specific project when they turned eight years old. Shyanna selected Clothing Construction and Artistic Clothing in that early stage of her journey, and has pursued them with increasing mastery ever since. Additionally, she raised and showed poultry at the county fair. 

She has participated in the 4-H Fashion Revue at the Colorado State Fair for the past five years. To qualify for the state level 4-H Fashion Revue, the participant must receive the Grand Champion award at the county level and be 14 - 18 years old. The contestants model their self-created clothing and present their project to an audience, building self-confidence and poise while acquiring knowledge and skills in planning and presenting. Each year that Shyanna has participated at the statewide competition, she has placed in the top 15 contestants. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Fashion Revue was not held in person this year. Contestants instead submitted a narrated video in which they modeled their garment. Shyanna received the top award of Grand Champion in the Clothing Construction category, finishing her 4-H career on a high note. 

“4-H has planted virtues in my life that have taught me how to be a better leader and citizen in my community, which is something I plan to carry with me into life in the future,” she said. “It has meant so much to me to be a part of the 4-H sewing program and learn a unique skill that will forever enrich my life.” 

“Shyanna is a delightful, caring and gracious individual, always sharing her smile with everyone,” said Glenda Wentworth of Eagle County 4-H. “She has been the President of the Sew What 4-H Club mentoring the younger 4-H’ers. Over the years, her 4-H achievements have added up with quality projects and record books. She was a good example of ‘Making the best better.’” 

The 4-H Youth Development program is delivered by Extension through the land grant university system across the nation empowering youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H provides experiences where young people learn by doing, creating a community of young Americans learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. For more information about the 4-H Youth Development program in Eagle County, contact the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 or jenny.leonetti@eaglecounty.us.

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