Haywood County 4-H'ers brought home multiple awards at the district Public Presentation program held at at McDowell High School last month.
In the 4-H Public Presentation program, youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills needed to present it before an audience. They also learn about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an interesting and creative presentation.
A topic is picked, researched, and 4-H youth prepare a 5- to 12-minute presentation that's delivered to a group of judges.
"4-H presentations are a great way for 4-H youth ages 8-18 to get public speaking skills and gain confidence in themselves," said Coley Bartholomew, the county 4-H extension leader. "The ability to clearly communicate an idea to others is a powerful tool. Public speaking is a necessary skill that will help you reach many goals in life. Mastering this skill through 4-H gives youth the advantages needed to succeed in college, business, and to make a positive change in our community."
Thirteen 4-H youth were winners at the county level competition and were eligible to advance to the district competition. District Activity Day encompassed 23 western counties.
Youth compete in over 30 presentation categories and four different age divisions. Each category at the district level selects a gold, silver, and bronze winners. Both gold and silver winners from each of the five districts are invited to compete in the state level presentation competition.
The 11 Haywood County winners who placed at the district level competition include: Benjamin Carpenter, who placed gold for his electric presentation in the senior age division; Johanna Carpenter, who placed gold for her presentation on coral in the fisheries and aquatics category; Arielle Carpenter, who placed bronze for her presentation on hatching duck eggs in the embryology category; Carter Steele, who placed silver for his Big Foot presentation in the open class category; Caitlin Steele, who placed bronze for her Orca Whale presentation; Abbegail King, who placed gold in the livestock dairy category for her A.I. in dairy cows presentation; Avery King, who placed gold in the horticulture category with his hydroponics presentation; Ayson King, who placed silver for his Madagascar Hissing Cock Roach presentation in the entomology category; Summer Lynn, who placed gold for her dairy goat presentation in the junior livestock dairy category; Randy Lynn, who placed bronze for his how to bake bread presentation in the food preparation category and Eliza Lynn, who participated as non-competitive Cloverbud and presented on how to care for baby chicks.
For the county level entertains competition, We Three Kings including Abbegail King, Avery King, and Ayson King and Arielle Carpenter were chosen as the two acts to represent Haywood County at the district showcase.
Five 4-H’ers have elected to participate at the state level competition coming up on Saturday, July 20 on the campus of North Carolina State University.