A Nueces County teen took home first place at a statewide competition held in College Station June 13 through 16.

Julie Kircher is a member of Chaparral and C&T 4-H clubs and has been sewing for 10 years, since she was 6 years old. This year, Julie constructed a pirate costume and competed in the Construction - Speciality division of the State 4-H Fashion Show.

She placed first at county and district shows earlier this year to win the honor of advancing to the State 4-H Fashion Show held at State 4-H Round-Up in Texas A&M University - College Station. This was Julie's second year to compete at the State 4-H Fashion Show and she placed first.

Julie was judged on the quality of the construction of her garment, her knowledge of garment construction, fibers, and fabrics, as well as the leadership and community-service projects she participates in with her clothing and textiles project.

Julie has been an active leader in the Nueces County 4-H Clothing and Textiles project, as well as other community service projects related to clothing and textiles. She is currently serving her third year as the Chair of the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Scholarship Committee and has been a member of the committee for seven years. During this time, the committee has raised nearly $100,000 for scholarships.

Julie has also initiated a project called Bear Hugs, Inc., which sews teddy bears for police cars. To-date, almost 100 bears have been distributed in Nueces County.

Texas 4-H Roundup is held annually in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M University. Texas 4-H Roundup is a qualifying event for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 that have successfully placed in a qualifying spot at the district level.

County and district Roundups are open to all ages of 4-H members from 9 to 18 years old. Texas 4-H Roundup includes approximately 40 different contests that test 4-H members on life skills in such attributes as decision making, public speaking, organization and working with others.

These contests include such things as fashion show, food show, an assortment of judging contests and educational presentations.

Contestants are judged on their appearance, voice, poise and grammar, as well as their presentation, and its effectiveness, organization, appeal, selection of subject, the information presented and the contestant's knowledge of the subject.