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Mariah DeRenzo models in the Fashion Revue

SAINT AUGUSTINE – St. Johns County 4-H members recently took to the stage to share their talent, display their fashions and showcase their pie baking skills to family and friends. This event incorporated several 4-H contests into one full evening of entertainment. The occasion included the 4-H Fashion Revue, Share the Fun talent performances and a 4-H Pie Contest.

Ten St. Johns County 4-H youth, ages 6-13, participated in the Fashion Revue contest. Over this past year, fashion participants worked at 4-H club meetings or summer camp to construct a garment of their choice. The fashion revue experience allows youth the opportunity to build self-confidence and poise by designing, creating and modeling a garment that complements them, as well as expresses their personality allowing them to also demonstrate sewing skills and consumer decision making.

Highlights for this year’s sewing participants included:

Cloverbud 4-H member (5-7 years old), Kira Simmer, made a sundress which she earned two green ribbons, one ribbon for her sewing skills and one for her stage presence and interviewing effort.

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Emmalani Peterson in an Hawaiian dance outfit.

Junior 4-H members (8-10 years old) who took part in fashion were Lavanya Prusch, who took Best of Show for the construction of her lace accented dress. London Snow, with her apron with pockets received first place for her stage and interview skills. Deirdre McCarthy, with her sleeveless cotton dress, received second place and Coretta Williams, with her colorful duct tape dress, received 3rd place in the junior age division for their stage and interview skills. Lily Simmer, with her cotton summer dress and Noelle Snow, with her trimmed apron, were also recognized for their sewing projects and modeling and interview abilities.

Intermediate 4-H members (11-13) included Sarah Butler, Mariah DeRenzo and Inyam Ricketts. Mariah DeRenzo took Best of Show for construction and placed 2nd for her stage and interview skills with her turquoise satin dress. Sarah Butler earned first place for her stage presence and interview skills, along with a blue ribbon for construction. Inyam Ricketts was awarded third place in her age category for stage and interview skills and a blue ribbon for her construction.

The St. Johns County 4-H Program is grateful to the St. Augustine Pilot Club for their continued support and generous donation of $250 toward the 4-H clothing project.

Special thanks to the 4-H sewing volunteers Patty Girvan, Annette DeRenzo, Betsy Kuhl, Darlene Morton, Cynthia Pilkington, Betty Sasina, Joanne Truber, Ira Inman, Carolyn Guggenheim, and Rae Coletti who work with the young sewers each month at the Busy Bee 4-H Club meetings. Judges for this year’s fashion revue included Sara Heatherington, Rene Naughton, Jackie Schrader and Melanie Thomas.


The 4-H Share the Fun contest “awed” the crowd with a variety of dance and musical performances.  Cloverbud, Charlotte Leonard, received a Green ribbon as she entertained everyone with her “Utterly Hilarious Jokes”. Helena Peterson, junior member, received a Blue ribbon for her vocal performance of “I Got the Sun In the Morning”. Mariah DeRenzo, intermediate member, was awarded a Red ribbon for her vocal performance of “Titanium” and senior member, Emmalani Peterson, gave a Blue ribbon Hawaiian dance performance to Ku’u Hoa.  Emmaliani will compete at the 4-H District Share the Fun event in Duval County in late April. It was great to have 4-H Alumni Natalie Hoak and Cameron Fisher served as judges.

4-H Pie EntriesThis year, 22 pies were entered in the 4-H Pie Contest and attendees enjoyed sampling the pies during the event’s intermission. Youth participating in the 4-H pie contest this year included: Cloverbud members: Sonia Mishra, Lilian Massey, Adasin Figueroa-Batts, Kira Simmer, Merrick Rogers, Charlotte Leonard, Gracie Oliver, and Teoman Ozerkan. Junior members: Lillian Thorp, Adelade Oliver, Lily Simmer, Sophia Massey, Beckett Rogers, Lyllian Huber, Caden Thomas, Maggie McHone, and Tayler Coleman. Taylor received the Best of Show for her No Bake Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie.  Intermediate members: Isaac Angelo and Inyam Ricketts. Inyam received the Best of Show for her Coconut Cream Pie. Senior members: Andrew Angelo, Sachin Mishra, and Lynzy McHone. Lynzy received a Best of Show for her No Bake Chocolate Pie. Much thanks to the pie contest judges Lorretta and Larry Hodyss for their expert pie tasting skills.

4-H Senior members serving as master of ceremonies included Cayla Smith, Emmalani Peterson and Miguel Bermeo. Senior 4-H member Nick Wiswedel served as the sound technician and stage manager.

If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H Clubs and Summer Camps, for youth in St. Johns County, or volunteer opportunities for adults, please contact the 4-H Office at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center (3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 32092) at 904 209-0430. You can find out more about the St. Johns County 4-H Program on line at: .

4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

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