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 – 8, 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 9 – 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 $40. 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 is posted outside Denise’s office at the Cooperative Extension office. Sign up early if you want a specific category. Only 2 names are allowed per category and age group (9-10, 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 Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., 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. RSVP to Barbara_Walker@ncsu.edu or call 697-4891. Contact Denise if you gave a presentation in the past and would like to help with this training.

Presentation Coaching by Appointment Call 697-4891 or email Barbara Walker@ncsu.edu to register for a 30 minute time slot:
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Most Tuesdays in March
Most Tuesdays and Thursdays April – July 19

Deadline to register for Presentation Category
Friday, April 6
Click here for the registration form: https://henderson.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/sign-up-form-for-county-competition.pdf  Please email completed form to Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu or mail to Henderson County 4-H, 100 Jackson Park Rd., Hendersonville, NC  28792. Contact Denise for more information or call 697-4891.

Powerpoint Training by Allet Rodriguez
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.  RSVP to Barbara_Walker@ncsu.edu or call 697-4891.

County 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2018)
Saturday, May 19, Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC
Presentations will start at 9:00. Arrive by 8:45 to find your room.

Early Presentation Competition will be scheduled 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, 2018)
Saturday, June 23, Madison County

Presentations will start at 10:30. Arrive by 10:00. Register with Denise by May 21.

State 4-H Presentation Competition (for ages 9-18, as of January 1, 2018)
Saturday, July 21, at NCSU
NC 4-H Congress will be July 21 – 24 at NCSU
Registration for 4-H Congress and the presentation competition is due to Denise Monday, June 25. Congress Orientation will be Monday, June 25, at 7:00 at the Cooperative Extension office.
For more information about 4-H Congress, visit:  http://www.nc4h.org/youth/congress/

Here are some helpful YouTube videos:


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Photo of Denise Sherrill, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDenise SherrillExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (828) 697-4891 (Office) denise_sherrill@ncsu.eduHenderson County, North Carolina
Updated on Apr 6, 2018
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