4-H Public Speaking and Educational Presentation Contests


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Texas 4-H alumni often credit their experience with 4-H Public Speaking and Educational Presentation Contests as a reason for their success in public and professional life. The 4-H Public Speaking/Educational Presentations project is one of many life skills taught to youth in the Texas Panhandle. The 4-H Public Speaking/ Educational Presentation project develops and promotes the skills needed to research, organize and present a speech on a given topic. 4-H youth learn the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain listeners.

In addition, youth develop their own personal style, while projecting a positive personal appearance. 4-H members learn about the different types and use of various speaking styles while having the opportunity to practice those skills. 

Youth can choose to do Educational presentations in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Technology
  • Farm Safety
  • Animal Science
  • Beef Health & Wellness
  • Horse Open 

Open-Agriculture and Natural Resources (topics may include): 

  • Agronomy/crop production 
  • Farm and ranch economics
  • Horticulture
  • Meat sciences
  • Shooting sports-related fields 

Other ANR field study Open-Family and Consumer Health (topics may include):

  • Clothing and textiles 
  • Consumer life skills
  • Financial management
  • Fashion
  • Interior design
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Housing and Home Environment 

For more information about this project or other projects that 4-H has to offer, please contact your local county Extension office.

On Saturday, April 27, the District 1 4-H Spring Roundup will be held at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Youth from across the Panhandle will be competing either in the Educational Presentations or Public Speaking contests. These are qualifying events for Senior age 4-H members (ninth – twelfth grades) to advance to State 4-H Roundup in June.

In the 4-H Public Speaking contest, 4-H members have the opportunity to present a 5 to 7-minute talk suitable as a platform speech or radio broadcast. The presentation should serve to persuade others regarding a particular issue or concern. Visual aids and props may not be used. Contestants answer questions concerning the subject matter of their presentation following their conclusion. Educational presentations address emerging or current issues in different contest areas. Contestants are required to use information that is factual and can be supported through adequate documentation. Contestants are required to use visuals. There is a time limit of 12 minutes. Judges are allowed to ask questions at the end of the presentations.

Sykora, Hannah, Rebekka, and Tony are among the Gray County 4-Hers that will be competing on Saturday in the Educational Presentations. Sykora will be competing in Senior Beef, Hannah and Tony, each has an Intermediate Health & Wellness presentation, and Rebekka and her partner will compete in the Intermediate Open category.

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