4-H hosts presentations

By: 
Brittany Hamilton

Brittany Hamilton

4-H & Youth Development Educator

 

“Did you know there are two types of corgis?” 9-year-old Lillian Lopez asked the audience while giving her prepared presentation titled, “Why I need a Corgi” at the 4-H Presentations Contest held July 14. Lilly was one of eight youth who took the spotlight in this year’s contest. The contest was held in the Pinnacle Bank’s conference room and was judged by Rhonda Sedgewick Stearns. 

The 4-H Presentations Contest is a time-honored contest in Weston County and welcomes youth ages 8-18 to compete and children ages 5-7 to participate as Tumbleweeds. Youth can do a prepared speech, deciding on their topic ahead of time. Topics can be on anything members can think of and are limited only by their creativity. They may even use school presentations. Speakers can also do an impromptu speech, receiving a topic at the contest and forming a speech in just a few minutes.

This year, audience members were educated on the 10 most dangerous phone apps for youth by Lara Lopez, enjoyed learning the ins and outs of bull riding and bee keeping equipment from Colby Rich and Cooper Miller, learned just why Lilly Lopez needs a Corgi, and received an education on the best-selling video games and consoles from Nick Lopez. Joslyn Pischke took everyone back in time to share about Buffalo Bill Cody while Laila Lopez shared more about the Arctic fox.

Jorie Miller entered as a Tumbleweed/Peewee and educated audience members about horse safety and a little about why riding is important to her. Many participants — including the judge and some adult audience members — took on some impromptu presentations for fun to conclude the event.

The Presentations Contest serves as a great opportunity for members to increase public speaking skills, gain confidence, and improve communication, all tools youth may use for a lifetime to help achieve their goals. It truly is a contest that has lifetime of positive effects. 

Weston County 4-H would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Pinnacle Bank for hosting this contest, as well as Rhonda Sedgewick-Stearns for taking the time to volunteer her expertise and serve as the judge. Participants had a great experience!

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