4-H Members Receive Honors at District Speaking Competition
Each year hundreds of 4-H members sharpen their public speaking skills through presentations and demonstrations at 4-H District Activity Day. This year was no different as more than 150 young people from 18 counties gave presentations on June 13th at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.
Twenty-one 4-H members represented New Hanover County well at district competition earning 16 medals.
|Ashley Oyler||Agriculture Science 14-18||1 Gold||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Maggie Mead||Arts & Communications 9-10||1 Gold||Shamrock 4-H Club|
|Aidan Shepard||Careers & Entrepreneurship 14-18||3 Bronze||NHC 4-H Teen Council|
|River Mead||Cloverbuds 5-8||Participation||Shamrock 4-H Club|
|Jerod Smith||Cloverbuds 5-8||Participation||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Isabelle Mazure||Egg Cookery 9-10||1 Gold||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Noelia Martinez||Environmental Science 11-13||1 Gold||NHC 4-H Teen Council|
|Bailey Smith||Environmental Science 11-13||2 Silver||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Elanna Dininny||Family and Consumer Sciences 14-18||1 Gold||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|D’Anna Dininny||Family and Consumer Sciences 14-18||1 Gold||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Elizabeth Fillman||Fisheries & Aquatic Resources 11-13||1 Gold||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Denzel Lewis||Fisheries & Aquatic Resources 14-18||2 Silver||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Ella Raynor||Health & Fitness 11-13||Participation||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Kendall Lewis||Horse 11-13||1 Gold||Trackers 4-H Club|
|Amanda Schevis||Horse 11-13||Participation||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Jordyn Smith||Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces 9-10||2 Silver||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Elena Berg||Open Class 9-10||1 Gold||Shamrock 4-H Club|
|Madilyn Smith||Poultry 9-10||1 Gold||Coastal Explorers 4-H Club|
|Cate Shepard||Science & Technology 9-10||2 Silver||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Emily Oyler||Science & Technology 14-18||2 Silver||Spur It On 4-H Club|
|Ethan Johnston||4-H Entertains||Participation||At-Large Member|
|Erin Johnston||4-H Entertains||Participation||At-Large Member|
“This was such a great experience for my daughter, Elena. She loved the whole process of preparing her presentation and speaking in front of a group. It gave her a lot of confidence, and she definitely had a lot of fun. She is already thinking about next year,” Stefanie Berg said.
Steven Mazure’s daughter, Isabelle, joined the Coastal Explorers 4-H Club this past November. Even though she was new to 4-H, Isabelle was excited to choose her topic, egg cookery, because it allowed her to share her passion for her backyard pets: three hens. “We are very proud of her and the confidence she displayed while sharing her interests. Public speaking is difficult and frightening for most of us and getting comfortable speaking in front of strangers will be invaluable throughout life. Isabelle is now looking forward competing at the state level next month,” Mazure said.
Eleven youth from New Hanover County will advance to the state level competition on July 28th at NC State University in Raleigh.
**Photo credit: Eric Peterson, New Hanover County Media Production Specialist
4-H is a community of young people learning life skills under the direction of educators with North Carolina Cooperative Extension – the community outreach organization of N.C. State and N.C. A&T State Universities. More than 235,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year, with the help of 21,400 adult and youth volunteers.
To learn more about becoming involved in the program contact Leslie Dill, Extension 4-H Agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-798-7660. Check out New Hanover County 4-H on Facebook for news, photos, and more.