Local 4-H Members Headed To State Public Speaking Contest

Bond County delegates Allison Hemker (left) and Megan Miller

On May 2 members of Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington County 4-H came together for an area 4-H Public Speaking Contest at Kaskaskia College. 4-H shows are an opportunity for members to exhibit the projects they have been working on throughout the year. Youth were vying for the opportunity to present their speeches at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on June 9 in Decatur.

Families were welcomed to the Lifelong Learning Center by Dean of Arts and Sciences Kellie Hanegar, and the speeches were evaluated by Kaskaskia College Speech Professors Brandi Wilkins and David Quinn.

Participants chose between four different types of entries. Formal speeches are meant to provide information to the audience. Props are not used in formal speeches. Illustrated speeches also inform the audience, but use visual aids. Original works could be presented by one to three members and are designed to entertain the audience. Although none of the participants this year selected the oral interpretation category, it is one the options as well. Each of the entries had to be between four and six minutes in length. Judges filled out an evaluation sheet for each entry, and graded them Blue, Red or White based on the Danish rating system. The judges also had the task of selecting State Fair delegates and alternates.

Bond County
Allison Hemker, Original Work (Blue) – State Fair Delegate
Megan Miller, Illustrated Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate

Clinton County
Maggie Schrage, Formal Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate
Valerie Tebbe, Formal Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate

Clinton County delegates Maggie Schrage (left) and Valerie Tebbe

Jefferson County
Raquel Minor, Formal Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate

Marion County
Eliza Engelhardt, Illustrated Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate
Parker Karrick, Formal Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate

Washington County
Christopher Johns, Illustrated Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate
Abigail Meyer, Illustrated Speech (Blue) – State Fair Delegate

This program kicked off the 4-H show season for Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties. Each county will have individual 4-H shows scheduled through the summer season. The fair season wraps up for 4-H during the Illinois State Fair in August.

For more information about local 4-H, contact your local University of Illinois Extension Office or, contact Youth Development Educator Liz Miller at lizmill@illinois.edu.