Henderson County 4-H Public Speaking Competition

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Club member Haley Hargus gives a presentation at the county level

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 N.C. 4-H to participate in the state competition. Gold medal winners at the state level may also earn an award provided by donors to N.C. 4-H.

The poster with presentation categories is posted in the 4-H hallway at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County office. Sign up early if you want a specific category. Clovebuds (ages 5-7) may sign up for any category. For ages 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, only two names are allowed per category and age group. Call 697-4891 to register for a category, or email Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu. View a list of presentation categories. Following is a list of 2020 training sessions to prepare you for 4-H presentations.

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Molly McMinn and Hannah Queen gave their 4-H presentation about “Man’s Best Friend: The Benefits of Dog Assisted Therapy.”

Presentation Training Tuesday, March 10, 7 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

Deadline to register for Presentation Category – Friday, April 3

Note:  enrollment in 4HOnline is required for competition.

Download the form to sign up for the county competition.

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.

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Emma Barber gave her 4-H presentation about The Violin.

County 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2020)

Saturday, May 16, 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 for those who cannot be at County Activity Day. Monday, May 11, 3–6 p.m., Hendersonville Health & Activity Center, 708 S Grove St, Hendersonville, NC.

West District 4-H Activity Day (for ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2020)

June 27, Mitchell County

Presentations will start at 10:30 a.m. Arrive by 10 a.m. Register with Denise by May 18.

State 4-H Presentation Competition (for ages 8-18, as of January 1, 2020)

Saturday, July 18, at NC State University.

N.C. 4-H Congress will be July 18-21 at NC State University.

Registration for 4-H Congress and the presentation competition is due to Denise Monday, June 29. Congress Orientation will be Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County office.

For more information about 4-H Congress, visit the N.C. 4-H website.

For information about presentations in NC visit the Presentations page.

Here are the general regulations.

Check your category to see if it has specific regulations.

Here are some helpful YouTube videos:

Its Showtime! How to Demonstrate the 4-H Way

How to Give a 4-H Demonstration

Alex Arrowood – The 8 Powers of the Octopus