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Teen is 'sew' talented

September 23, 2004|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

Amidst the carnival rides, games and food stands of the Maryland State Fair lies the heart of the fair - the 4-H competitions. For Washington County teen Anna Lenhart, her sewing skills earned her a championship in her category for the second year in a row.

"It was tougher this year," Anna said. "The other outfits in my category were really good. I was surprised."

Anna, 16, who lives on Potomac Avenue in Hagerstown, has been in 4-H and sewing since she was 8. She is a member of the 4-H group, Washington County Fashion Club, and in addition to sewing has earned many ribbons for her flower arrangements.

The North Hagerstown High junior entered this year's sewing project, a pair of cargo pants and a hooded sweatshirt, in Washington County Ag Expo and earned a trip to the Maryland State Fair, where she finished first in the Sports Wear/Lounge Wear category.

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Last year was the first year Anna was eligible to compete. She also won champion in the Sports Wear category. Next year, she hopes to enter in the Formal Wear category, the category that usually produces the Grand Champion, she said.

Anna hopes to study interior design and/or fashion design in college. The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., is her first choice because it offers both majors, although scholarship availability will be a factor because of the cost, she said.

Although she has little free time for sewing, she tries to make two outfits to enter in the Ag Expo. She has taken classes in quilting and has made four quilts.

This summer, though, Anna had even less time for sewing because she was part of the Hagerstown-Wesel Sister City Exchange trip to Germany in June.

During the school year, Anna is a pole vaulter on the North High girls track team, runs on the girls cross country team and swims for the Hagerstown YMCA during the winter.

She is also vice president of the Key Club at school and treasurer of her class. In the summer, she is a substitute lifeguard at the Northwood Club and Claude M. Potterfield pools.

"She does 4-H for me. It is my heritage growing up on the farm," her mother, Connie Lenhart, said in an e-mail.

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