4-H, Kiwanis Join For Annual Public Speaking Event

4-H Public Speaking winners and Kiwanis members gather for a group photo.

4-H Public Speaking winners and Kiwanis members gather for a group photo.

The St. Johns County 4-H Youth Development program held its annual 4-H Public Speaking contest Jan. 29 at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. Youth from all age divisions, Cloverbuds (ages 5-7), Juniors (8-10), Intermediates (11-13) and Seniors (14-18), competed in this showcase event.

Winners included:

Intermediates: First – Emmet Peterson, “Life in the Slow Lane”; second – Corey Banks, “Stop Mumbling”; Gretchen Bradley, third, “It’s About Time”; and Jocelyn Herstone, green ribbon, “Today.”

Juniors: First – Carson Banks, “A Scientist, Surveyor, Author and Farmer.”

Seniors: First – Abby Kulpa, “When A Tree Falls”; second – Cady Smith,, “Role Models in Training”; third – Javier Bermeo, “Leadership.”

Cloverbuds: Green ribbon – Jocelyn Herstone,  “Today.”

All first and second place winners qualified to compete in the 4-H District Events April 25 at Southwoods Elementary School in Hastings.  4-H youth from Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, Flagler and St. Johns counties will be competing at this District 6 event.

Other competitions to be held that day include Demonstrations and Share the Fun, a 4-H talent competition.

The Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine is a partner in this initiative providing ribbons and judges for the event.  Kiwanis Club members who participated include Howard Beckham, Kathy Callery, Ginny Dozier, Sev Tamayo, and Kiwanis Club president, Debbra Williams. Public speaking is an important component of the 4-H program.

Throughout the year, 4-Hers have the opportunity to perform original speeches in their individual clubs and countywide programs such as 4-H County Council.  4-Hers also go into the community to share their experiences with 4-H.  Many of the senior 4-Hers have been speaking publicly for more than 10 years as evidenced by their engaging talks.

Enrollment for the 4-H Youth Development Program takes place each September and is for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1st.  Anyone interested in enrolling in the St. Johns County 4-H program for the 2014-2015 4-H year may do so by going to http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml .

Caring adults interested in working with youth should contact the St. Johns County 4-H Office (904 209-0430) to learn of the many volunteer opportunities within the 4-H Youth Development Program.

4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.

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