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Congratulations to Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners!

2016 Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana County Public Speaking Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s County 4-H/Tropicana winners!

2016 County TropicanaPictured left to right:

1st Place – Gabriel Cushing, 4th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Kids Day”

3rd Place – Jacob Shiver, 5th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Bella”

1st Place – Gage Galloway, 5th Grade, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Speech entitled, “Winston Churchill”

1st Place – Aubrey Smith, 6th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Simply Southern”

2nd Place – Casey Johnson, 5th Grade, Bonifay Middle School, Speech entitled, “Basketball”

2nd Place – Holley Andrews, 2nd Grade, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Speech entitled, “Mullet Fishing”

2nd Place – Hope Sasnett, 6th Grade, Ponce de Leon High, Speech entitled, “The Homeless”

Niki Crawson, University of Florida/IFAS Extension – Holmes County 4-H Agent

These seven local students impressed the judges and audience on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016 at the Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest as they competed for the County Winner title for their school grade levels.  These seven students were the finalists in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades out of a total of 304 students that participated from four schools in Holmes County.   The judges were impressed as the youth appeared confident, prepared and eager to take the stage to present their speeches.  After being scored on speech content, creativity, poise, and projection, all youth participants were recognized for their hard work in preparing for the county event.

Students placing 1st at the county competition each received a scholarship in the amount of $250.00 to attend the legendary 4-H Camp Timpoochee in June, a camping tradition which has occurred since the 1930’s.  In addition, all 1st place County Level Winners will represent Holmes County at the District II 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest to be held on May 21, 2016 in Freeport, FL.

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 is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.  4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns.  4-H’s learning opportunities are designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered!  These programs teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently.  For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, or check out our website at .

4-H is a community of young people ages 5-18 across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H programs are available to young people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations worldwide, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability. For more information on 4-H, please visit .

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