Did you know that there is practically a mobile app for everything? What lessons can a young girl can learn from the family dog? Does your family use coupons to their best advantage? What does it take to be invited to National 4-H Congress and why does one young man refer to it as a great journey? These and 18 other topics ranging from apples to paleontology were presented at the 2012 Sussex County 4-H Public Speaking Contest, held at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 28.
A full house of supporters and family members were in attendance to support the young speakers, who competed in four age divisions; beginner (8-9), intermediate (10-11) junior (12-13) and senior (14 and older.)
4-H members select a topic of their choosing, focus their research and practice their skills before presenting to an audience and a panel of judges. The speeches of the older age divisions are longer in length.
The fear of public speaking often appears on the list of common phobias! For 4-H youth members however, speaking before a crowd is easier thanks to the experience and public speaking practice learned at the club and county level. With a little bit of practice, it is not very long before 4-H’ers begin to show mastery in this important skill that lasts a lifetime.
Besides being judged by their age category, contestants are evaluated on subject matter, thoroughness of their research, poise, appearance and natural delivery. Each year as 4-H’ers move up through the divisions, their confidence and ease at speaking before an audience is a proud and noticeable accomplishment.
The following 4-H youth have won their age division and will repeat their speech and compete at the state level during the Delaware State Fair in July, 2012. Winners are:
Joseph Anderson, Milton, Senior Division, My Great Journey. Hollymount 4-H Club
Emily Lester, Lewes, Junior Division, There’s an App for That! Harbor Lights 4-H Club
Jill Koski, E. New Market, Md. Intermediate Division, Man’s Best Teacher. Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club
Jenna Anger, Bridgeville, Beginner Division, Couponing – Extreme or Not. Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club
4-H is a community of young people in America who are learning leadership, citizenship and important life skills. In Delaware, 4-H is supported by the University of Delaware and the Delaware State University though Cooperative Extension. Delaware Cooperative Extension welcomes and encourages the participation of all individuals. For more information about 4-H youth programming in Sussex County, please visit our website at http://www.rec.udel.edu or contact Mary Argo at (302) 856-2585 ext 559.
Additional photographs including closeups of all contestants are available on Sussex County 4-H’s Flickr site.