4-H competition tests poise, public speaking

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 20 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski – Andrew Moore of Albion and Emma Wilson of Medina co-present on Mustang Adoption and Gentling during Orleans County 4-H Public Presentations this morning at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

KNOWLESVILLE – For Orleans County 4-H’ers, February means the annual Public Presentations program, and some of the final presentations of this year were held today at the Education Center on the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Public Presentations were also held on Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. A final round of presentations will be held at Kendall Elementary School this Thursday.

The program is part of the 4-H Communications and Expressive Arts project area and helps participating youth to grow in confidence and career readiness.

Participants through public speaking develop poise and learn to express ideas clearly, respond spontaneously to questions and to gain subject matter knowledge.

“The most impressive thing is the width, breadth and variety of topics” chosen by 4-H presenters, said Robert Batt, 4-H educator in Orleans County.

Topics chosen this year included various cooking and baking demonstrations; Jamaica; land trapping; dangers of smoking; popcorn; winter camping and farm equipment.

4-H’ers who receive the highest evaluation of their presentation can move on to the district and state levels.

Lillian Mathes of Holley explains the meaning of the four h’s in 4-H during her Public Presentation Saturday morning at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. “I love to learn by doing,” Lillian said during her talk.

Meganne Moore of Albion chose to recite Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Peanut-Butter Sandwich” while enrobed in a purple cape.