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4-H members compete in public speaking contest
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“4-H should mean something different to each of us; 4-H should change for us as we make the journey from fourth grade and on. That is what makes it a club like no other!” This was a quote from Clay Prater’s speech that sums up the reason why he is involved with 4-H.
Along with him, 14 other 4-H members in grades 7-12, recently competed in the Warren County 4-H Senior Level Public Speaking Contest at the Warren County Administrative Building. During the contest, members competed against others in their grade level to advance to the regional contest.
Junior high members competed with a three- to five-minute speech over the topic of their choosing, while senior high members used a three- to seven-minute speech. Members were judged on organization of their speech, body action/movement, voice, and general awareness of the audience. Junior high members included Caroline Brooks, Gregory Norton, Emily Pennington, Rachel Stewart, Grant Hitchcock, Shelby Love, Zane Maxwell and Ian Pursley.
Senior high members were Haile Adams, Heather Colwell, Clay Prater, Matt Carter, Austin Barry, Jacob Dodd and C.J. Rogers.
In the seventh-grade division, Pennington took first; Stewart second; Brooks third; and Norton fourth.
In the eighth-grade division, Hitchcock took first; Love second; Pursley third; and Maxwell fourth.
Rogers took first in the ninth-grade division, and Carter took second.
Tenth-grader Adams took first and Barry took second in their division.
In the 11th-grade division, Prater took first, and Dodd took second. Colwell was the 12th-grade winner.
The top two from the seventh and eighth grade divisions will continue on to the sub-regional contest at Motlow State Community College on Feb. 20. The first-place winner in the ninth through 12th grades will continue on to the central regional contest on Feb. 1 at Middle Tennessee State University. There the members will present their prepared speeches and immediately following will be led to the extemporaneous area. This portion of their contest will be the test of all tests. Members will be given one minute to prepare a one- to two-minute speech over a topic given to them that could involve 4-H or current events.