Local 4-Her’s advance to regional speech contests

Local 4-Her’s advance to regional speech contests

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 12:08 pm
By: Bob Shumake, Ag Extension

Local 4-Her's advance to regional speech contests | Top 4-H county speakers, Sarah McDonald, 6th grade runner up; Peter McDonald, 7th grade overall winner; William McDonald, 9th grade overall winner; and Reid Chandler, 6th grade overall winner

Top 4-H county speakers include ((from left) Sarah McDonald, 6th grade runner up; Peter McDonald, 7th grade overall winner; William McDonald, 9th grade overall winner; and Reid Chandler, 6th grade overall winner
Five of the top 4-H Public Speakers from Weakley County recently competed in two different regional events after being selected as the county winners in their grade divisions.
William McDonald competed in the Western Region Senior High Speech Contest in Lexington.  William, a ninth grader from McKenzie competed in the prepared speech event with his speech related to his  4-H experiences.  William also competed in an extemporaneous contest at the regional event and placed well overall.
Four students in elementary and junior high competed in the Sub-regional speech contest held in Halls.
Peter McDonald of McKenzie received second place in the seventh grade division with his speech on the misconceptions of the Catholic Church.  
Reid Chandler of Martin competed in the sixth grade level receiving a green award for his efforts. Reid’s topic for his speech was the Tuskegee Airmen.
Sarah McDonald, the county 6th grade runner up attended the sub-regional event in support of Reid and other Weakley County competitors.
Esther Kim of Martin competed in the 5th grade division with her speech on Albert Schweitzer.
Will Spencer of Martin entered the 4th grade division with his speech related to trying to select a favorite thing for a speech topic.
Both Esther and Will received third place awards for their speeches at the sub-regional event.
The Weakley County 4-H Public Speaking project has been a popular activity for many years with over 600 students participating on the local club level each year.
This program helps students develop important communication skills and promotes positive self-esteem.
Students learn to express themselves, better organize their thoughts and gain confidence while speaking in front of an audience.
For more information concerning public speaking or other 4-H projects contact the Weakley County Extension Office at 364-3164

WCP 3.01.12

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