4-H Youth Show Off Public Speaking Skills

Taylor Hinds-Morrison is pictured giving her presentation about Wild Horses at the 4-H Public Presentation Contest held March 10 at Cassadaga Valley Middle School.

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

More than 50 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 gave presentations, with styles including demonstration, illustrated talk, speech and recitation.

Public speaking aligns with the 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 to be held at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in April. Rachel Comstock, Madison DeGolier, Katherine Fortna, Jack Fortna, Leah Hinds-Morrison, Adam Lesch, Braden Lesch, Jacob Lesch, Garrett Lesch, Kenny Marion and Isabella Reuther were selected to move on. The top 10 presenters at the district level will move on to the New York State Communications Institute, a two-day public speaking workshop held at Cornell University in June.