4-H Public Speaking

Learning to be a good public speaker is something that will be useful throughout a 4-H member’s lifetime. Good public speakers are made, not born. The necessary skills associated with being a good public speaker have always been an important part of the 4-H experience and 4-H clubs are encouraged to foster a positive, learning-oriented environment for youth regarding this subject.   4-H’ers who participate in Public Speaking can expect to:

  • Develop skills for communicating about real issues to real audiences.
  • Learn how to organize and prepare a speech.
  • Develop speech delivery skills.
  • Learn how to present themselves to others.
  • Develop self confidence

During December 2020, the Wilson County 4-H County Public Speaking Contest was held at the James E. Ward Ag Center.  14 youth participated in 4th to 12th grades.  The judges were former 4-Her’s; Andrew Franklin, Erin Franklin, Carrie Major and Ruth Wharton.  The scores were very close and it was a hard decision.  The top two in each grade level will be invited to attend the Area Public Speaking Contest on April 13, 2021 at the James E. Ward Ag Center. Everyone did an amazing job and we are very proud to announce the following winners.

4th Grade:

  • 1st place – Essie Mae Shehane – Homeschool
  • 2nd place – Ryder Freeland – East Side Community Club (Southside Elementary)

5th Grade:

  • 1st place – Elijah Hancock – East Side Community Club (Coles Ferry Elementary)
  • 2nd place – Callie Butler – East Side Community Club (Coles Ferry Elementary)
  • 3rd place – MaKenna Tyree – Line & Design Club (Watertown Elementary)
  • 4th place – Loraly Ashburn – Homeschool Club
  • 5th place – Timmy Jared – East Side Community Club (Tuckers Crossroads Elementary)
  • 6th place – Eva Lindsey – Homeschool Club
  • 7th place – Rockland Freeland – East Side Community Club (Southside Elementary)

7th Grade:

  • 1st place – John Hancock – Honor Club (Walter J. Baird) 
  • 2nd place – Tiffany Jenkins – Honor Club
  • 3rd place – Andrew Sonnichsen – Honor Club

8th Grade:

  • 1st place – Taylor Bartlett – West Side Community Club (LUOA)

12th Grade:

  • 1st place – Grace Powell – Honor Club (Watertown High School)