Twenty-one students proudly took their places at the speaker’s podium at the 2010 Jackson County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest held in April. Each student presented a prepared public speech on a topic of his or her choice, and was judged on speech content and presentation. The art of telling jokes, dealing with a little brother, the life of Helen Keller and Tim Tebow were topics of some of the speeches presented.
Fourth Grade Winners were: First place – Ethan Sapp, of Dayspring Christian Academy; Second place – Gracie Zick, of Cottondale Elementary, Third place – Taylor Roberts, of Sneads Elementary; and Honorable Mention – Cameryn Lein, of Riverside Elementary. Ethan Sapp was awarded Most Inspirational Speech and Cameryn Lein was awarded Most Dramatic Speech.
Fifth Grade Winners were: First place – Jack Craven, of Riverside Elementary; Second place – Hannah White, of Cottondale Elementary; Third place – Aaliyah Dortch, of Graceville Elementary; and Honorable Mention – Don Dowling, of Sneads Elementary. Jack Craven was awarded Most Original Speech, Jonathan Long, of Dayspring Christian Academy, was awarded Most Improved Speech; and Aaliyah Dortch was awarded Most Historical Speech.
Sixth Grade Winners were: First place – Michael Young, of Jackson County Home School; Second place – Gracie Wallace, of Marianna Middle; Third place – Holly Tyler, of Cottondale Elementary; and Honorable Mention – Ashlyn Roberts, of Grand Ridge. Gracie Wallace was awarded Most Persuasive Speech, Michael Young was awarded Most Entertaining Speech, and Heather White, of Daysprings Christian Academy, was awarded Most Informative Speech.
The 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program is coordinated and underwritten by Tropicana, Inc. and administered through Florida Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Florida’s 4-H Youth Development Program. Over 150,000 young people in Florida participate in the program on an annual basis. Over 800 Jackson County youth participated in the program this year.
For more information on the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program and other communication and expressive arts programs offered through 4-H, contact the Jackson County 4-H Office at 482-9620. 4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, creed, or disability.