Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program hosted their annual Chautauqua County 4-H Presentation Day on March 9 at the Cassadaga Valley Central School. Youth presented on topics from agriculture and animal by-products to President Taft and the Human Cell.
4-H Public Presentation participants enhance their public speaking skills, learn the research process, gain the ability to think and speak in front of a large group, develop poise and self confidence, and experience "Mastery." 4-H presentations are five to 15 minutes in length depending on age and experience. Each presenter was evaluated on a number of criteria. The delivery and subject of the speech was judged on proper use of equipment and visual aids, efficient organization, proper grammar and vocabulary, understanding of the subject matter, and that the presentation had one main theme with logical steps. The presenter was also evaluated on neatness and appropriate dress, eye contact, volume and rate of their voice, posture and poise, enthusiasm, and response to audience questions.
4-Hers were awarded a blue, red or white ribbon for excellent, good and worthy presentations. Each presenter was evaluated using the Danish System whereas they were scored based on their own age and abilities, not compared to other participants.
Jane Fortna, member of the Fredonia Fireworks 4H Club, poses with her presentation poster and her blue ribbon. Jane is the daughter of Matthew and Lisa Fortna.
Each 4-H presenter was evaluated by a team of two judges. The judging teams were comprised of 4-H adult volunteers who provide encouragement and feedback on how to improve their presentation skills in the future. Twelve 4-H adult volunteers served as evaluators for this event.
Youth who received blue ribbons at the event include: Chloe Burke, Marissa Burr, Brooke Angelo, Elizabeth Comstock, Alyssa Crandall, Ethan Cross, Jared Dorman, Kendra Dorman, Jane Fortna, Julia Fortna, Lacey Johnson, Matthew Levan, Kevin Rogers, Andrea Smith, Emily Smith, Louis Smith, T.J. Stokes, Andrew Waag, Tessa Warner and Brittany Woodard.
Cloverbud participants were: Sarah Cross, Jaidyn Newhouse and Alex Southworth.
Nine youth were selected for Outstanding Awards which include an opportunity to participate in a district presentation contest in Wyoming County. The most outstanding presenters were: Emily Brown, Holly Crandall, Jack Fortna, Braden Lesch, Jacob Lesch, Claire Stokes, Tiffany Jager, Anna Talbot and Melinda Waag.
For more information about the 4-H program or to find out how to become involved in Chautauqua County 4-H, call the 4-H office at 664-9502