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 is posted in the 4-H hallway at the Cooperative Extension office. Sign up early if you want a specific category. Only 2 names are allowed per category and age group (8-10, 11-13, 14-18). Click here for a list of presentation categories: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/presentation-sign-up-sheet-2019-big/  Following is a list of  trainings to prepare you for 4-H presentations.

Presentation Training Tuesday, March 26 (Note: this is a new date!), 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 Emily_Capps@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 Emily_Capps@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 18

Powerpoint Training by Allet Rodriguez
Tuesday, April 16 (Note: this is a new date!), 7:00 p.m., at NC Cooperative Extension
This training is for people who plan to give a powerpoint presentation. The purpose of this training is to learn how to edit your slides to help them look better. Allet says: “Come to this training if you want to win with your powerpoint presentation!”
RSVP to Emily_Capps@ncsu.edu.

Deadline to register for Presentation Category – Friday, April 5
Click here for a form to sign up for the county competition: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/sign-up-form-for-county-competition-2/
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.

County 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2019)
Saturday, May 18, 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, 2019)
June 15, McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High School Rd., Marion, NC
Presentations will start at 10:30. Arrive by 10:00. Register with Denise by May 20.

State 4-H Presentation Competition (for ages 8-18, as of January 1, 2019)
Saturday, July 20, at NCSU
NC 4-H Congress will be July 20 – 23 at NCSU
Registration for 4-H Congress and the presentation competition is due to Denise Tuesday, June 18. Congress Orientation will be Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 at the Cooperative Extension office.
For more information about 4-H Congress, visit:  http://www.nc4h.org/youth/congress/

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