4-H members compete in Communication Arts

On May 29th Adams County 4-H members Nora Larson, Rachel Larson, Kayla Schauer, and Rachel Ranum loaded up into their respective vehicles and traveled to New England for the District Communication Arts contest.

Hannah Nordby
NDSU Extension Agent

The previous week they competed in the county based contest along with Kortney Schauer at the Hettinger Research Extension Center. After each presentation, judges Cassidy Blade and Molly Wolf gave critics to help participants prepare for the District Contest in New England the following week.

The extra practice and feedback paid off as the following awards were received by the Adams County 4-H members-

Kayla Schauer- Junior Interpretive Reading, Sophia Peterman Tells the Truth, By Sarah Weeks, First Place

Nora Larson- Sr. Electronic Presentation, “Rain”, First Place

Rachel Larson- Sr. Electronic Presentation, “Welding”, Honorable Mention

Rachel Ranum- Cloverbud Division, Pledge of Allegiance

More often than not public speaking is a terrifying thought, the 4-H Communication Arts program is designed to overcome that fear as well as:

• help participants develop communication skills that are useful throughout a lifetime

• provide participants an opportunity to practice their skills before a group

• provide participants an opportunity to gather and organize information, equipment and props for public presentation

• develop participants’ confidence in making public presentations

• evaluate and enhance communication skills.

There are several different categories including Demonstration, Speech, Interpretive Reading, Dramatic Presentation, Mass Media Presentations, Electronic Presentation, Fish Tank: Youth Entrepreneurship and a Cloverbud division to choose from. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from hearing a young 4-H hug their mom afterwards and exclaim with a big smile, “I did it!”