4-H Program Hosts Public Speaking Contest

Adam Lesch gave a demonstration about catapults at the 4-H Public Presentation contest at Cassadaga Middle School. He will move on to the Western District Competition.

CASSADAGA — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently held a Public Presentation contest at Cassadaga Valley Middle School.

Seventy youth ages 5 through 18 stepped up to the challenge and gave presentations on topics from endangered animals to hockey to catapult construction. Presentation styles included demonstration, illustrated talk and speech.

Public speaking aligns with the New York State 4-H Youth Development values that promote the development of skills that help young people succeed in higher education, their chosen career path and as members of their families and communities. Youth are evaluated by teams of volunteer evaluators. After each presentation youth meet with their evaluator and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their presentation.

Youth who gave exceptional presentations were selected to participate at the Western District Public Presentation Day contest held at Bishop Timon High School. Holly Crandall, Hannah Cross, Jared Dorman, Jack Fortna, Shannon Heath, Adam Lesch, Braden Lesch, Jacob Lesch, Kenny Marion, and Natalie Turecek were selected to move on. Everett LeBarron and Brady Pollack were awarded honorable mention for their presentations.