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Jackson 4-H Holds 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Program, in cooperation with Tropicana, Inc., hosted the annual 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest on Tuesday, January 31st.  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.

Twelve first place classroom winners from Graceville Elementary, Graceville High School, Grand Ridge School, Cottondale Elementary, Sneads Elementary, Day Spring Christian Academy and one Homeschool entry, 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 five fourth grade contestants!

Here are the results of this year’s competition:

Photo Credit: Lesia Andrews, Farm Credit











Fourth Grade

First Place – Joseph Smith, Sneads Elementary – “The Dreaded Haircut”

Second Place – Chloe Kent, Dayspring Christian Academy – “How God Created the Earth”

Third Place – Marley Green, Cottondale Elementary – “My Experience With Pitching”

Honorable Mention – Melina Carter, Grand Ridge School – “Music”

Honorable Mention – Briana Adams, Graceville Elementary – “My Bad Dream”

Photo Credit: Lesia Andrews, Farm Credit











Fifth Grade

First Place – Evan Mercer, Cottondale Elementary – “What’s the Big Deal About Hair?”

Second Place – Eladio Ramirez, Graceville Elementary – “Learning a Second Language”

Third Place – Ella Sprouse, Sneads Elementary – “Why My Mom Is the Best”

Honorable Mention – William Crews, Dayspring Christian Academy – “Customs and Traditions From Around the World”

Honorable Mention – Brandon Kotch, Grand Ridge School – “Cows”

Photo Credit: Lesia Andrews, Farm Credit











Sixth Grade

First Place – Chelsie Davis, Graceville High School – “The Hand of Service”

Second Place – Johnathan Moss, Dayspring Christian Academy – “It’s Not Easy Being Me”

Third Place – Nathan Ziegler, Homeschool – “How to Judge a Chicken”


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 May 20th at the Jackson County Ag Complex Conference Center on Penn Avenue.  Please make plans to come out and support these youth!


We would like to thank our volunteer judges Mrs. Lesia Andrews from Farm Credit, Ms. Jackie Homoney from Farm Credit and Mrs. Marie Arick, FCS Agent with Jackson County Extension.

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.