Garfield County Cooperative Extension

Garfield County 4-H Holds Public Speaking Contest

Jessica Nickels, MS, RD/LD Extension Educator-4-H Youth Development

Garfield County 4-H held their annual public speaking and job readiness contest.  20 youth delivered 34 different speeches.  Topics ranged from “How to Harvest Peanuts” to “The Life of Walt Disney”.  Sydnee Prince, a Garber Cloverbud member gave her first speech on her pig Dolly.  Three first time 4-H members competed in the junior division.  Shelbi Prince, Garber, won the gold with her illustrated presentation on making homemade bread.  Bailey Nickels, Enid, placed silver, and Delissa Evans, Waukomis, placed bronze in that class.  Junior Extemporaneous winners were Shelbi Prince, gold, Bailey Nickels, silver, and Delissa Evans, bronze.  The Junior PowerPoint winner was Madison Nickels, Enid, with her presentation on successful quick breads.  Silver went to Connor Quintero, Garber, and bronze to Kember Sloat also of Garber. 

In the Intermediate division, Brynna Brownell, Kremlin-Hillsdale, received gold on her talk about making a banner.  Kember Sloat received gold on her illustrated presentation on making peanut butter granola.  Summer Prince, Garber placed silver and Brynna Brownell placed bronze.  In the intermediate extemporaneous division, Ethan Haggard, Kremlin-Hillsdale received the gold, Summer Prince received the Silver, and Madison Nickels received the Bronze.  Hayden Deeds, Garber also competed in the contest.

Several seniors competed in the contest.  Natalie Haggard, Kremlin-Hillsdale, won gold with her PowerPoint on sewing tools and their uses.  Mandi Fuksa won the silver and Madison Postier won bronze.  Brianna Deeds, Garber, won gold with her talk on honey bees.  Kaylynn Brownell, Kremlin-Hillsdale, won gold on her illustrated presentation showing how to make gifts in a jar.  Eight competed in the extemporaneous contest with the gold going to Madison Postier, Pioneer Pleasant-Vale.  Silver went to Natalie Haggard, and bronze to Mandi Fuksa, Pioneer Pleasant-Vale. Taylor Alford, Pioneer Pleasant-Vale, also competed in the contest.

Four members competed in Job Readiness, a contest where members must apply for a job they could do now, create a resume and packet, interview for the job, and write a follow-up letter to the interviewer.  Mandi Fuksa won the gold, Montell Meyer, OBA, won the silver, and Morgan Meyer, OBA, won the bronze.  Bailey Hoeltzel, Kremlin-Hillsdale, also competed in this event.

For more information on becoming a 4-H member, please contact the Garfield County Extension office at 580-237-1228. 

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