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4-H Tropicana Public Speaking – Teaching Life Skills

Public Speaking – Teaching Life Skills

The Jackson County 4-H  Tropicana Public Speaking Contest was held on Tuesday, January 30th  at the Ag Conference Center on Penn Ave.  This event is the culmination of classroom competitions in grades 4, 5 and 6 from around the county.  Funding for classroom and county awards is provided for by Tropicana, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, as is the orange juice provided at the county competition. Tropicana, Inc. also provided funding to be used toward camp scholarships for first place winners.

Fourteen first place classroom winners from Graceville Elementary, Sneads Elementary, Grand Ridge School, Cottondale Elementary, Day Spring Christian Academy and Chipola Home Educators, in grades 4, 5 and 6, shared their public speaking skills in topics ranging from Cows to Hair.  The competition was fierce this year, especially among the fourth grade contestants!

4th Grade Contestants

Adam Monk, Graceville Elementary -“Albert Einstein” – Honorable Mention

Carrington Scott, Sneads Elementary -“Saturdays in the South” – 2nd Place

Tony Caldwell, Grand Ridge -“The Three Levels of  Government”

Will Anderson, Dayspring -“George Washington, The Father of Our Country” – 3rd Place

Gerald Bryant, Cottondale Elementary – “It’s Not Easy Being Me” – 1st Place

Layla Buchanan, Chipola Home Educators -“My Dad’s Trip to Israel”

4th Grade Winners – Gerald Bryant, Carrington Scott, Will Anderson and
Adam Monk

5th Grade Contestants

Brianna Adams, Graceville Elementary – “The Adams Family Obsessions” – 2nd Place

Chloe Kent, Dayspring – “Ripe or Rotten” – 3rd Place

Marley Green, Cottondale Elementary -“Important Women throughout History”

Joseph Smith, Sneads Elementary -“My Favorite Parent” – 1st Place

Brittany Thomas, Grand Ridge -“Sea Pollution”

5th Grade Winners – Brianna Adams, Joseph Smith, and Chloe Kent

6th Grade Contestants

Simeon Wynn, Dayspring -“The Ford” – 3rd Place

Angelina Park, Grand Ridge -“My Baby Cousin Cole” – 2nd Place

Diana Buchanan, Chipola Home Educators -“The Trash in My Community” – 1st Place

6th Grade Winners – Diana Buchanan, Angelina Park and Simeon Wynn

All of the first place winners will now have an opportunity to participate in the District II 4-H Tropicana and 4-H Events Contest that is scheduled for April 21st at the Washington County Extension Office.  Please make plans to come out and support these youth!

Multiple Opportunities

All participants are also encouraged to consider entering the public speaking competition at the Jackson County 4-H Showcase (Formerly 4-H County Events) on March 13th.

We would like to thank our volunteer judges Jill Berquist, Pastor, Lake Jackson United Methodist, Ja Juan Clark, Assistant Principal, Jackson County, and Todd Wertenberger, Media Specialist, Jackson County

Jackson County 4-H would also like to thank and recognize the classroom teachers who participate in this valuable educational event.  Without their support, there would be no Tropicana 4-H Public Speaking Program.  Jackson 4-H recognizes the following teachers for their support of this year’s program:

Graceville Elementary Teachers

Sheryl Swindell

Samantha Matthews

Casey Lawrence

Chipola Home Educators

Dawn Buchanan

Dayspring Christian Academy

Kristen Gregg

Elaine Myers

Jared Schneider

Ruthy Hall

Grand Ridge Elementary

Kelsey Coates

Holly Park

Rebecca Beasley

Chasity Tharp

Lindsey Hamlin

Sneads Elementary                                               

Aimee Glover

Becky Hart

Sue Howell

Tamelya Morris

Amber Dickson

Krista Downum

Monica Jones

Heather Pilcher

Cottondale Elementary

Joanna Brown

Reid Brockett

Florida 4-H is very proud of the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest, which has been incorporated into the 4-H program for over forty years. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. Over 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning. Tropicana, Inc. has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, ribbons for classroom winners, and medallions for school winners, plaques and summer camp scholarships to 4-H Camp Timpoochee for county winners. Tropicana Products, Inc., is a division of PepsiCo, Inc., the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices.

4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/.  You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email amgranger@ufl.edu.

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