4-H allows students several opportunities to practice their speaking skills and gain valuable experience. Each year the Logan County 4-H hosts a Communications Night, where 4-Hers can compete in speaking and demonstration contests for ribbons and a chance to move on to the area and state level. Through the demonstrations and talks, 4-Hers are able to complete projects and share what they have learned with other people. The hands-on experiences help youth develop self-confidence, poise and other communications skills.
Members also develop a number of life skills including communicating, leadership, planning and organizing, setting goals, motivating themselves, and sharing. The interactions with other people also help youth hone their social skills.
This year, the Logan County Communication's Night was held on March 12th, at the Extension Office. It was a night of great talent as students from all across the county gave their speeches to the judges and audience. There were serious topics as well as some humorous ones but each speech was one of a kind. This year's contestants were as follows:
Sarah Edgar - “How the Agriculture Field Affects the Medical Field” - Blue Ribbon Champion
Rebecca McElfresh - “I Chat” - Blue Ribbon Champion
Jarrett Hamilton - “We Are the Champions” - Blue Ribbon Champion
Courtney Reynolds - “In Need of a Helping Hand” - Blue Ribbon Runner Up
Cody McElfresh – “Playing the Diamond” - Blue Ribbon Champion
Zachery McElfresh - ‘Chords’ - Blue Ribbon Champion
The winners from the county contest will be moving on to the area contest held on April 16th at the Bowling Green Junior High School. If you are interested in serving as a room leader or judge for the area event, please contact the Extension Office.
I know without the experiences and knowledge I gained as a 4-Her, my speaking skills would be very limited and I'd have a much more difficult time getting in front of that group whether it was in grade school, college or my career. Public speaking is definitely a life lesson every student can benefit from.