4-H Public Presentations — A Foundation for Success

“I have a dream…” famous words by a powerful and motivational speaker – considered by many to be the most recognized speech in history. Why? Because Martin Luther King Jr. knew how to deliver a speech in a way that made people want to listen. He was an expert at selecting a topic, organizing his […]

“I have a dream…” famous words by a powerful and motivational speaker – considered by many to be the most recognized speech in history. Why? Because Martin Luther King Jr. knew how to deliver a speech in a way that made people want to listen. He was an expert at selecting a topic, organizing his thoughts, and delivering his message.

4-H’s public presentations program aims to help youth develop a positive self-concept and poise, gain self-confidence before a group, learn to express ideas clearly, respond spontaneously to questions, and gain subject matter knowledge. Each spring, Wayne County youth have the opportunity to present in one of several categories; demonstration, illustrated talk, speech, impromptu, reading/recitation, or interview.

Youth are encouraged to select a topic that they are interested in and want to learn more about. This year’s Wayne County 4-H public presentations topics include everything from chickens to Harry Potter, making hay to the secrets of magic, playing an instrument to making a smoothie! After selecting their topic, the young person researches the subject and gathers information, and then creates an outline and a plan for how to deliver their new found knowledge in a way that is educational, persuasive, or entertaining. The 4-H’ers, this year ages 5-18, have been practicing for many weeks to make sure their presentations are well versed and they are comfortable with their material.

This year’s presenters included: Abby F, Abigail W, Abraham P, Adam S, Adelaide D,
Alaska D, Alexis S, Alexis S, Alysha K, Amber M, Andrew P, Angel R, Anna E, Annette P, Anthony C, Arianna B, Bennett D, Brady P, Bridger D, Brinley L, Bryce P, Cadence S, Callum V, Calvin M, Carleigh S, Caroline D, Carter O, Charlotte S, Cole S, Connor S, Daisy B, David M, David M, Diana C, Diego C, Eliza D, Elizabeth N, Elizabeth O, Elizabeth P, Elizabeth T, Emilia S, Emily S, Emma R, Ethan S, Ethan W, Faith R, Gabriella D, Gabriella T, Gabriella W, George A, Gretchen P, Hannah L, Henry M, Holly S, Ivy P, Jay S, Jenna K, Jerrik O, Julia S, Juliana S, Kailey K, Kailey V, Kayla D, Kelly S, Kit H, Laura S, Leah B, Lillian F, Lindsay W, Liz F, Luke T, Madison H, Martin L, Mary M, Mason S, Michaela L, Mina T, Natalie V, Noah L, Oliver M, Oren W, Peggy Ann O, Rebeca C, Sara H, Sarah L, Sariah L, Scott B, Shannon D, Sophie S, Wesley M, Whitney W, William A, and Zoe D. Pictured below is a presenter playing the ukulele.

A special thank you to this year’s volunteer evaluators: Monica Deyo, Mary Abrams, Jody Pruitt, Art Crandon, Kristine Rogers, Mary Ann Facer, Jonathan Coyle, Lonnie Hohenboken, Alyssa Johnson, Bethany Kommer, Margo Bauer, Russ Talbo, Kathy Robinson, and Sally Billington.

Those who have had opportunities to practice public speaking shine in a crowd. Many alumni credit public presentations as one of the most impactful programs of their 4-H career. School teachers remark that they can peg a 4-H’er in a roomful of students based on their confidence speaking in front of their peers. The college and job interview gives youth an edge on building skills by doing a real interview, for a real employer, in a safe environment. To learn more about joining 4-H, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County at 315-331-8415, www.ccewayne.org, or like us on Facebook!