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Mercer & Rock Island County 4-Hers learn public-speaking skills that last a lifetime.

Jocelyn Erickson & Jasmine Frerkes

MILAN, Ill. –  Public speaking is an important part of the overall 4-H experience. Several members from Mercer & Rock Island 4-H put their skills to the test during their county’s 4-H Public Speaking Contest, with five members advancing to the Illinois 4-H State Contest held at Parkland College on April 29. From Rock Island County, Bethany Priaulx was the 1st place winner in the Prose and Short Story category, Hannah Priaulx was the 3rd place winner in Poetry, and Bailey Callahan shared her perspectives in the Formal Speech Division.

From Mercer County, Jocelyn Erickson & Jasmine Frerkes received 1st place in the Original Works Team division, and Lily Miller represented Mercer County well with her illustrated speech about Annie Oakley.

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