On October 21st, Harlan County and Harlan High School students participated in the Kentucky Farm Bureau District II Outstanding Youth Contest and Variety Show held at the Perry County Library in Hazard, KY.
Harlan High School seniors Xio-mei Zheng and Ethan Morton took first place in the Outstanding Youth Contest, while Harlan County High School sophomore Brooklyn Collins captured first place in the Variety Show field.
Students from Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Knott, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry were selected to participate in the district competition with the opportunity to advance to the state competition held in Louisville, Kentucky in December.
During the Varity Show portion of the event, Brooklyn Collins sang Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ and played the guitar. With a strong vocal performance and impressive stage presence Collins found herself in the top spot and the opportunity to represent Harlan County in the Variety Showcase to be held on Friday, December 2nd. For her participation in the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Collins will receive a check for $250.00.
The Outstanding Youth Contest involved an interview process and prepared speeches on agriculture or Kentucky Farm Bureau by all contestants. Harlan High School senior, Xio-mei Zheng was the female representative and her speech highlighted her family’s historical interest and the nutritional benefits of agriculture. Senior Ethan Morton focused his speech on the community involvement and benefits of a local Kentucky Farm Bureau agency within the county. As overall winners, both Zheng and Morton were awarded $100 and all expense paid trip to compete at the state level on December 1st in Louisville, Kentucky.
With Collins, Morton, and Zheng taking top spots, Harlan County was 1st in each category of the competition on the night.
State winners are awarded $2,000 scholarships, luggage, watch, and an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Congressional Tour.