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Alpena County 4-H alumni take top honors at skillathon

Two 4-H alumni from Alpena County took top honors recently in the Adult Division at the 2021 Michigan 4-H Skillathon Championship. Jennifer (Cripps) Wasson’s score earned her the tittle of State Champion for the Adult Division. Holly Glomski scored within the top five in the adult division for Michigan. Both women participated in 4-H in Alpena County as youth; going on to careers and continuing as 4-H volunteers.

Wasson grew up showing livestock with Alpena County 4-H. She was active in 4-H, winning in Master Stockman contest in 1989, and being named Alpena County 4-H’er of the year in the fall of 1995.

“I decided to enter this year’s skillathon because they offered an adult division and my daughter Lillian Wasson was competing as a Novice,” Wasson said. “We studied together for weeks, and both of us were named State Champions in our age groups.”

Professionally, she works as a transition coordinator for our local Intermediate School District, but loves farming. Her family currently farms hay, breeds and shows Clydesdale and Morgan horses, Boer goats, and Shorthorn Beef Cattle.

“I believe Alpena County 4-H gave me a strong beginning to be successful in my career and farming life,” Wasson said.

Holly Glomski, also an Alpena 4-H alumni, went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. She went on to manage the MSU Sheep Research and Teaching Facility. Holly has a true passion for urban agriculture and teaching youth in the city of Detroit. She currently is an agriscience teacher for Detroit Public School Community District, where she is developing a new veterinary science program for high school students at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women. Holly has many past students that have gone onto studying in colleges across the United States and are professionals in the agriculture industry. Holly stated that she “looks forward to inspiring more students to explore the world of agriculture and to follow their dreams.”

Adult Division (ages 20+)

The Adult Division contestants were tested on 25 questions per category, 250 questions total.

Jennifer Wasson, Manistee, 204/250

Linda Willman, Wayne, 202/250

Holly Glomski, Wayne, 192/250

Nate Scovill, Shiawassee, 190/250

Tara Eldridge, St. Clair, 188/250

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