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Clearfield and Jefferson counties host public speaking contest
Saturday, June 2, 2012
DUBOIS - On May 22, Clearfield and Jefferson counties hosted the 21st annual Bi-County 4-H Public Speaking and Presentation Contest at Penn State DuBois in Hiller Auditorium. The competition was open to all 4-H members from Cameron, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties, ages 8-18, as of Jan. 1.
A total of eight 4-H members from Clearfield and Jefferson counties participated in one of four divisions including senior and junior public speaking and senior and junior presentations.
Topics included shooting sports safety, caring for cats, 100 years of 4-H, knot tying, cooking, adventures with dairy cattle and extra-curricular activities.
The 4-H members entered in the public speaking competition were asked to give a four- to seven-minute original talk on any topic. Participants in this category were only permitted to use note cards. No other illustrative material was allowed to be used. Members entered in the presentation contest were asked to conduct a presentation about a 4-H project, hobby or activity with which they have been involved. Junior division participants were given up to eight minutes for their talk and senior division participants up to 10 minutes.
In the senior division public speaking division, Amanda Pennington, member of the Harmony 4-H Club, Clearfield County, received first place. In the senior division presentation contest, Victoria Garner of the Clearfield County 4-H Hot Shots, Clearfield County, received first place. Second place was awarded to Amberley Spicher of the Gateway 4-H Club, Jefferson County. Brayden Grabany of the Gateway 4-H Club, Jefferson County, received third. All senior division participants received a ribbon, certificate and monetary award.
In the junior division public speaking contest, Andrew Pifer of the Gateway 4-H Club, Jefferson County, received first place. Benjamin Pifer of the Gateway 4-H Club, Jefferson County, earned second and Kyrsten Kowalczyk of the Rocky Ridge 4-H Club, Clearfield County, third. In the junior division presentation contest, Reece Spicher of the Gateway 4-H Club, Jefferson County, received first. All junior division participants received a ribbon, certificate and special award.
Two 4-H alumni served as judges for this year's contest, Rachel Hicks of DuBois and Morgan Dubensky of Punxsutawney. Hicks is a former Clearfield County 4-H member and currently a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts where she is specializing in baking and pastry.
She served as Clearfield County dairy princess from 2010-11. Dubensky is a former Armstrong County 4-H member and currently a student at Penn State University's Smeal Business marketing program. Dubensky works for Penn State Extension, Jefferson County, as a program assistant.
The competition was followed by refreshments and an awards ceremony.
"A very special thank you goes out to all of the 4-H leaders, parents and guests that helped support the youth. A big thank you also goes out to our wonderful judges for dedicating their time and to Penn State University, DuBois campus, for allowing us use of both the Hiller Auditorium and quiet lounge for our program," said Jana Davidson, 4-H youth development educator.
4-H is a non-formal youth development educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension for all youth ages 8-19, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification or veteran status.
For additional information about the 4-H program, contact Davidson at Penn State Extension, Clearfield County, at 765-7878 extension No. 3 or Susan Alexander at Penn State Extension, Jefferson County, at 849-7361.

 


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