Insectathon is hands down my favorite 4-H Florida event. Each year we meet and compete in an identification, collection, and knowledge contest. This year I worked very hard on my collection and managed to place 1st with all of my collections (general, specialty and education).
I had to give an educational talk about my themed box in front of the judges. I held my cool and shared my vast knowledge of the insects and their awesome adaptations. All the photos in my presentation were taken myself. My art project “Wonderful World of Entomology” also received a first place ribbon. Our senior team additionally placed first after a fun battle in the Linaean Games.
When it came time for the awards I was nervous. I had really worked hard for this event this year. I ended up placing first in seniors and not only got a cool ribbon but I was awarded a renewable scholarship if I come to UF to study entomology. Dr. Baldwin has been so supportive of this program and I appreciate that 4-H and UF have provided this opportunity for youth like me to grow and develop while cramming our heads full of all sorts of entomology knowledge. I have a solid foundation and understanding of what I want to do in the future. 4-H life skills have taught me a lot and allowed me these wonderful opportunities. Next year I return but can’t compete. So I will be a volunteer and helping with our team to grow and develop them even more. I love everything that this opportunity gives to me and more.