Public Speaking Spotlight

confidence grows here - public speakingIn today’s world communication is so important– from interpersonal relationships, to cultural understanding, speech making, safety in online spaces, and job interviews.  In order to foster public speaking skill development, Delaware 4-H conducts annual public speaking contests in each of our three counties.  Youth competed by age in four different age categories: Senior (ages 14-19), Junior (ages 12-13), Beginner II (ages 10-11), and Beginner I (ages 8-9).

Over 70 youth registered in Kent County 4-H to participate this year in public speaking.  The senior winner, Lake Vasey from the Pure Country 4-H Club, titled her speech “Walking My Way Through History in Annapolis.” Maci Carter, a member of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club, was the junior winner with her speech titled “Speaking the Truth.”  The beginner II winner, Brielle Carter, of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club, titled her speech “A Definite Difference,” and it was about the importance of being optimistic.  The Beginner I winner was Evan Knutsen of Peach Blossom 4-H Club, with a speech titled, “What Not to do on a Golf Cart.” Finally, Cloverbud members had the opportunity to customize a short paragraph about themselves and deliver it to the audience, to gain some confidence speaking in front of a group. It’s never too early to start.

New Castle County 4-H had 10 members participate in their county. Top Award Winners included:
• Beginner I: Melanie Witte, Porter Gang, “Two Events Leading Up to the Revolutionary War”
• Beginner II: Maya Merritt, Porter Gang, “Dumplings”
• Junior: Emma Apps, Summit Bridge, “Endangered Cats – We Need to Save Them!”
• Senior: Shannon Murray, NCC C-3, “Everyone’s a Winner”

Sussex County 4-H had 44 members participate in their county. Top Award Winners included:
• Beginner I: Carter Bradley, Bridgeville Mustangs, “Presidential Facts”
• Beginner II: Anna Lopez, Hollymount, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
• Junior: Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs, “Tiny but Mighty”
• Senior: Jill Koski, Seaford Blue Jays, “We Never Talk Anymore”

Congratulations to all the participants in this event. It’s not easy speaking in front of others, but such an important skill to have and learn. Many thanks to our volunteer community judges who give of their time and important feedback to our 4-H youth in this event.

(below:  Kent County 4-H Cloverbuds line up with their certification of participation and a green ribbon for their effort, along with a special 4-H Motto pen. )2016 Public Speaking