Knox County 4-H youth excel at Public Speaking Contest

Public speaking is an important life skill that lasts a lifetime. In 4-H youth are prepared to speak confidently by learning skills associated with being a good public speaker. Knox County 4-H members who participate in the county wide public speaking contest develop skills for communicating real-life issues to real audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn to present themselves to an audience, and develop self-confidence.

This year the Knox County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held at the Knox Agri Center for youth enrolled in the public presentations 4-H project. All participants received a blue rating for their speeches and food demonstrations.

Those who will advance to state competition are Blake Meeker of Williamsfield Town and County, with his Formal Speech-Original, "Wild Horses," and Josie Webel of Knox County Power Clovers, with her Formal Speech-Original, “Building Influence in Agriculture.” Top food demonstration using pork as the main ingredient, sponsored by Knox County Pork Producers, was awarded to Blake Meeker for his “Smoked Pork Tacos.” Addalyn Cain, of Rio Livestock, also competed with the 4-H Pledge.

The state competition will be on June 5 at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois.

Knox County 4-H offers programs in the area of youth development and is offered to any youth age 5-18. For more information please contact Nicole Nelson, Program Coordinator, 309-342-5108.

SOURCE: Nicole Nelson, 4-H Program Coordinator, Knox County, Illinois Extension
WRITER: Jackie Spence, Publicity and Promotion Associate, Illinois Extension
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