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Obion County 4-H Public Speaking

Obion County 4-H Public Speaking

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:00 pm

Obion County 4-H Public Speaking | Obion County 4-H Public Speaking

PUBLIC SPEAKING — Obion County 4-H’ers recently had the opportunity to compete against 4-H’ers from six other counties at the sub-regional 4-H public speaking contest held in Halls. The 4-H public speaking competition has two phases in which each student must compete and win in order to compete at the regional or sub-regional levels. The first phase is the in-class competition. Up to three 4-Her’s from each participating class, grades 4-8, are invited to the county-wide contest. From this competition, the first place winner from each grade is eligible to compete at the sub-regional competition. As such, there is an extremely high level of competition between counties. The 4-H’ers work very hard to memorize and present their speeches in a professional manner, Obion County University of Tennessee Extension agent Una Johnson said. Local competitors included (from left) Clint Hopper, an eighth-grader at Hillcrest and son of Billy and Suzanne Hopper, who placed first; Ben Clanton, a sixth-grader in the Union City Afterschool 4-H Club and son of Jeff and Donna Clanton, who placed first; Madelyn Hogan, a fifth-grader at Lake Road and daughter of Michael and Lisa Bivens and Joe Hogan, who placed fourth; Cody Collier, a fourth-grader at South Fulton and son of Wes and Tina Collier, who placed second; and Marlee Wicker, a seventh-grader at Lake Road and daughter of Brennan and Melinda Wicker, who placed first.

Published in The Messenger 3.13.12