Not only did the Tennessee Team Earn Second Place at National 4-H Forestry Invitational which we posted last week, but Kyle Weiner, 17, of Arlington received the high point individual award. Kyle will be a senior in high school this year. Kyle is pictured in the center.
A SPOTLIGHT ON KYLE: He has been involved in the Shelby County 4-H Forestry Judging team since eighth-grade and has always been a valuable team member on the Shelby County regional and state teams, accordin...g to coach Weida Ringley, also of Arlington. He has diverse interests and is particularly focused on farming and horticulture. He is an avid gardener and has an amazing garden in his backyard. He even grows rice - which is his favorite food. He has experimented with several different methods of growing rice and has produced and thrashed the rice for his own use. He does his homework first, with extensive research on soil types and plant needs before he plants his garden. He has raised beds and builds his soil according to the plant preference. Kyle was able to purchase his own car and maintain upkeep on it due in part to his gardening skills.
“I remember the first time Kyle came to the forestry team practice and was the high scorer of the leaf identification contest we had at that practice. He had a perfect score and had never been to our practice before,” said coach Ringley. In addition, Kyle is an accomplished musician and plays the piano and ukulele. He also is active in his youth activities at Bellevue Baptist Church. And he has a black belt in karate and teaches the martial art at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett.