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). Here is a list of presentation categories.

The following is a list of 2019 training sessions to prepare you for 4-H presentations:

Public Speaking Basics Tuesday, February 26, at 5 p.m., at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, 100 Jackson Park Rd., Hendersonville (across from the ball fields in Jackson Park). Jill Hart, Toastmaster and former 4-H Leader will do a super job teaching about public speaking. Prepare to practice public speaking and have fun! RSVP to Emily_Capps@ncsu.edu or call 697-4891, and bring food to share. This is a 4-H Ambassador Class, but all 4-H members are welcome. More information about the Ambassador program.

Presentation Training Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, 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:

  • 9–11:30 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.
  • Most Tuesdays in March
  • Most Tuesdays and Thursdays April–July 18

Powerpoint Training by Allet Rodriguez Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center. 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. RSVP to Emily_Capps@ncsu.edu.

Deadline to register for Presentation Category Friday, April 5.
Please download and complete the county competition registration form.
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 a.m. Arrive by 8:45 a.m. 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 a.m. Arrive by 10 a.m. Register with Denise by May 20.

State 4-H Presentation Competition (for ages 8-18, as of January 1, 2019)
Saturday, July 20, at NC State University.

NC 4-H Congress will be July 20–23 at NC State University. Registration for 4-H Congress and the presentation competition is due to Denise by Tuesday, June 18. Congress Orientation will be Tuesday, June 18, at 7 a.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County office.

For more information about 4-H Congress, visit:

NC 4-H Congress

Here are some helpful YouTube videos:

It’s Showtime! How to Demonstrate the 4-H Way

How to Give a 4-H Demonstration

and guidelines:

Guidelines