Standing up and speaking in front of a group of people is thought to be one of the most terrifying things to do. There were 1,150 4-H'ers in grades 4 through 12 who stood in front of their peers and faced this fear. They were asked to give speeches ranging from one to five minutes long and could speak on any topic.
Representatives were then selected from each class and competed at the county speech contest in December. County contest winners in grades 4-8 presented their speeches at the 4-H Sub-Regional Speech Contest at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma in February. Speeches covered an array of topics from Dolly Parton and Andy Warhol to the history of 4-H and the 4-H chick-chain program.
Warren County was represented well with Claire Brooks receiving first place in the eighth-grade division; Conner Smith receiving first place in the seventh-grade division; and Molly Smith receiving fifth place in the fifth-grade division.
Warren County was also represented by: Hannah Sanders, Jake Mayes, Savannah Winfree, Alondra Lassiter, Hailey Smith and Baylee Norrod.
Earlier this month senior high 4-H'ers presented their speeches at the Central Region Public Speaking Contest in Lebanon. Ethan Hitchcock and Caroline Brooks represented Warren County, with Brooks placing third in the region.