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Warren County 4-H'ers work on public speaking
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For the 7-9 grades, left to right, 4-H'ers are seventh-grader Hunter Rigsby, ninth-grader EmiLee Lassiter, and eighth-graders Takota Moore and Tage Moore.

Standing up and speaking in front of a group can be seen as terrifying. During January 4-H club meetings, 643 4-H’ers in grades 4-12 stood up in front of their peers and faced this fear. They were asked to give speeches ranging from 1-5 minutes and they could speak on any topic. 

At the end of January, there were 50 4-H’ers in grades 4-9 who competed in the county public speaking contest. Speeches covered an array of topics from sports and animals to future career opportunities and 4-H’ers project work.

In the fourth-grade division, Caysen Starkey placed first, Macy Dodson placed second, and Ava Willett placed third. 

In the fifth-grade division, Harper Patrick placed first, Gabby Molly placed second, and Samuel Wheatley placed third. 

In the sixth-grade division, Aaden Long placed first, Elizabeth Johannsen placed second, and Lily Hawkins placed third. 

In the seventh-grade division, Hunter Rigsby placed first.

In the eighth-grade division, Takota Moore placed first and Tage Moore placed second. 

In the ninth-grade division, EmiLee Lassiter placed first.

All county first- and second-place finishers advanced to the Sub-Regional Public Speaking Contest which was held Feb. 1 at the Motlow State Community College Moore County Campus. Warren County 4-H’ers competed against 4-H members from nine other surrounding counties: Bedford, Coffee, Lincoln, Grundy, Franklin, Marion, Marshall, Moore and Sequatchie. There were 71 4-H’ers in attendance.

Local students grabbing top honors in their respective divisions were Tage Moore first, Takota Moore second, Harper Patrick second, Hunter Rigsby second, and Aaden Long third.

The sub-regional contest is the final stage for grades 4-8. 

If you have question about any upcoming 4-H activities or would like to enroll your child in the Warren County 4-H program, call the Extension Office at 473-8484.