4-H Members Receive Honors at District Speaking Competition

— Written By Leslie Dill
Denzel Lewis, Spur It On 4-H Club member, competes in the fisheries and aquatics group.

Denzel Lewis, Spur It On 4-H Club member, competes in the fisheries and aquatics group.

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.

Name Category Results Club
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
Elena Berg demonstrates how to solve a 2x2 Rubik's cube.

Elena Berg demonstrates how to solve a 2×2 Rubik’s cube.

“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 leslie_dill@ncsu.edu or call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-798-7660. Check out New Hanover County 4-H on Facebook for news, photos, and more.

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