Henderson County 4-H Public Speaking Competition

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4-H alumni say that learning public speaking skills in 4-H has benefited them throughout their lives. Henderson County 4-H provides training and coaching for youth, ages 5 – 18, to create and give their own presentations. Cloverbuds, youth ages 5 – 7, do not compete in 4-H, but each one receives a small trophy for participation in 4-H presentations. At the county level, judges will decide if participants, ages 8 – 18, will earn a blue or red ribbon. A blue ribbon means the participant has done a great job and is ready for district competition. The 4-H Advisory Committee has decided that blue ribbon winners will earn $20. A red ribbon means that the participant needs some more work before going on to the district competition. Red ribbon winners are asked to meet with county staff and/ or presentation coaches to practice and get approval to go on to the district competition. Gold medal winners at the district competition earn $60 from Henderson County 4-H. Depending on their category, they may earn a scholarship provided by donors to NC 4-H to participate in the state competition. Gold medal winners at the state level may also earn an award provided by donors to NC 4-H.

The poster with presentation categories will be posted outside Denise’s office at the Cooperative Extension office in February. Sign up early if you want a specific category. (Email Denise or call 697-4891.) Only 2 names are allowed per category and age group (8-10, 11-13, 14-18). Click here https://henderson.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/presentation-sign-up-sheet-check-scholarships-with-Awards-handbook..pdf for a list of presentation categories.

Presentation Training will be in March, at NC Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Rd., Hendersonville (across from the ball fields in Jackson Park)  Learn all about 4-H presentations, and see sample posters and excerpts of past presentations. Contact Denise if you gave a presentation in the past and would like to help with this training.

Presentation Coaching by Appointment will be 
Most Tuesdays in March
Most Tuesdays and Thursdays April – July

Deadline to register for Presentation Category
April 5.

County 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2019)
May 18.

Early Presentation Competition will be scheduled, usually on a Monday afternoon, for those who cannot be at County Activity Day. Contact Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu for more information.

West District 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2019)
June 14, McDowell High School.

Presentations will start at 10:30. Arrive by 10:00. Register with Denise

State 4-H Presentation Competition (for ages 8-18, as of January 1, 2019)
July 20, 2019
Registration for 4-H Congress and the presentation competition is due to Denise in June 24. Congress Orientation will be in June. For more information about 4-H Congress, visit:  http://www.nc4h.org/youth/congress/

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