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Pair of Ruffsdale boys enjoy 4-H experience

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:02 p.m.
Paul Paterra | The Independent-Observer
Trent Cottom, left, and Joel Morrow proudly stand beside their 4-H showcase at Southmoreland Elementary School, during Pennsylvania 4-H week.

This is Pennsylvania 4-H week.

Two Ruffsdale boys have enjoyed their experiences with 4-H, getting the chance to raise and show animals.

Joel Morrow, 10, a fifth-grade student at Southmoreland Elementary School, has been involved with 4-H for the past three years. He has exhibited both hogs and a goat.

At the 2013 Westmoreland County Fair, Joel showed a market goat for the first time and won Grand Champion County Bred and Grand Champion Home Bred market goat. In addition, he showed the Champion Lightweight Hog.

This year, Joel is planning to show two market hogs and a market goat. In addition to 4-H, he plays baseball and basketball and enjoys riding quads and his dirt bike.

Trent Cottom, 9, a fourth-grade student at Southmoreland Elementary School, has been involved with 4-H for one year and has exhibited hogs at the Westmoreland County Fair, the Pennsylvania Farm Show and several jackpot shows where he's received first-place ribbons, as well as being a Master Showman.

This year, Trent is planning to show two market hogs. He also plays baseball, participates in wrestling and enjoys riding his quad.

The pair hopes to encourage other students to join 4-H.

In the Keystone State, 4-H is open to all young people regardless of where they live, what their backgrounds are or what interests them.

For more information about the 4-H program, contact the Westmoreland County Extension Office at 724-837-7613 or visit them on the web at