SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Johns County 4-H Youth Development program held its annual 4-H Public Speaking contest on Fev. 5 at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. Youth from three age divisions, Cloverbuds (ages 5-7), Juniors (8-10), and Intermediates (11-13), competed in this showcase event. 4-H supporters served as judges for the night, including one 4-H alumnus. There were: Stacie Amolsch, 4-H alumnus; Willie Willis and Jamie Baccari, St. Johns County 4-H Association members; Nancy Quatrano, Rotary Club of Hastings; Sara Hetherington, Pilot Club of St. Augustine, and Diana Haynie, 4-H supporter. They graciously volunteered their time and shared their expertise with the young competitors.
Cloverbud Victoria Oberholtzer earned a green ribbon for “My Camping Trip.” Junior Eva Horine earned 1st place for her speech, “Homeschool Myths Busted.” The second place rosette went to Juliette Wells for her speech, “The Messiest Lesson Learned About Order” and Sophia Massey earned third place with her speech “Why Puppy Mills Should Be Banned.” In the Intermediate division, Benjamin Clark earned 1st place for his speech, “Rosa Parks: One Small Spark.” Also in the Intermediate division, Leland Sheils won 2nd place for his speech titled, “Street Smarts” and Malinda Rose Cook earned 3rd place for her speech, “Your Sugar Crave-Should You Make It Behave?”
All first and second place winners qualified to compete in the 4-H District Events to be held Saturday, May 4th in Nassau County. 4-H youth from Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties will be competing at this District VI event. Other competitions to be held that day include Demonstrations & Illustrated Talks and Share the Fun, a 4-H talent competition.
Communication and planning/organizing are two of many life skills participation in 4-H strengthens. Engaging in public speaking gives 4-H youth the opportunity to express their ideas thoughtfully and with conviction. Throughout the year, 4-H’ers have the opportunity to perform original speeches in their individual clubs and in leadership programs such as 4-H County Council. 4-H’ers also go into the community to share their 4-H experiences with others.
Enrollment for the 4-H Youth Development Program takes place each September and is for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1st. Anyone interested in enrolling in the St. Johns County 4-H program for the 2014-2015 4-H year may do so by going to http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml . Caring adults interested in working with youth should contact the St. Johns County 4-H Office (904 209-0430) to learn of the many volunteer opportunities within the 4-H Youth Development Program.
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.