Rhea County 4‐H Members excel in Public Speaking

Photo contributed.

Public Speaking is the number one fear in America. Death is the number two. From sweaty palms to cracking voices, speaking publicly can be terrifying, yet it is a crucial skill to have in the business world. 4‐H Youth know and understand the importance of such an important life skill and from the classroom contest to the Region Contest, 4‐H youth have excelled in public speaking in 2017.

Johnathan Jouben, 9th grade home school student. (photo contributed)

443 Rhea County 4‐H members participated in the classroom public speaking contest in November. Participants who received a blue, red or white ribbon in the classroom were invited to the county contest held at the end of January with 48 participating. First, Second and Third place winners in each grade division were awarded prize money and plaques.

Johnathan Jouben, 9th grade home school student, attended the Region Contest held on February 4 and received 5th place out of fifteen 9th grade participants. First place winners in 4-8th grades moved on to the Sub‐Regional Contest which was held Thursday, March 10. Rhea County 4‐H Members brought much success at the County, Region and Sub‐Region Contest.

At the Sub‐Region Public Speaking Contest, Alana Jones‐Newman (4th grade) finished 3rd; Karis Kroeker (5th grade) finished 1st; Nolan Purser (6th grade) finished 1st; Ben Lorenzen (7th grade) competed and Abe Lorenzen (8th grade) finished 3rd.

For more photos of the public speaking contest, please visit our Rhea County Extension Facebook page at www.facebook.com/utextensionrhea

If you see any of these 4‐H members, please congratulate them on a job well done! We are

very proud of them.

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