Beaver County Extension

4-H Speech Contest

4-H members are provided the opportunity to participate in the County 4-H Speech Contest. 4-H members can present a Prepared Public Speech, Illustrated Talk, PowerPoint Presentation, Impromptu, and/or Video Presentation. The county 4-H Speech Contest will be held each year. Date is determined at the annual calendar planning meeting in either July or August of each year. Dates will be advertised in the monthly 4-H Newsletter. 4-H member must complete an entry form the day of the contest. Entry forms will be available at the registration table. There will be three age divisions in each of the five main categories: Junior (3rd grade (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th grades as of September 1) and Intermediate 4-H member's(6th-8th grades as of September 1) and Senior (9th-12th grades as of September 1). Champion and Reserve Champion will be determined for each age group and category. All speeches will receive either a blue or red ribbon. Speeches should be memorized and not read. Speeches that are mostly read will receive a red ribbon and need to be improved on before being presented again some other time. If a red ribbon is received, the 4-Her cannot receive champion or reserve. Time length varies according to age division and category selected. Speeches that do not fall within the prescribed time limits will receive fewer points according to their time. Check with Beaver Extension Office on time lengths. Grab Bag Impromptu Contest Rules - An oral presentation in which the member draws a slip of paper with an item listed; the item is given to the member to use for their topic. Members are given 2 minutes to prepare their sales pitch for the item to market it to the judge. Suggested time limits: Junior: 1-3 minutes; Intermediate: 3-5 minutes; and Senior: 4-6 minutes.

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