by Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

From Left to Right: Carson Meeks, Gary Claywell, Hannah Borck, Olivia Jarvis, and Spencer Meeks

The Central Region’s 4-H Public Speaking Contest for 9th – 12th grades was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Cumberland University. 

Senior High 4-H’ers gave a prepared speech that was 75% of their score and an extemporaneous speech that counted for 25%.  In the extemporaneous competition, each contestant had one minute to prepare a two-minute speech after they were given a topic.

Smith County was well-represented by five senior level 4-H’ers. 

Carson Meeks competed in the 9th grade division. Hannah Borck and Gary Claywell competed in the 10th grade division, Olivia Jarvis competed in the 11th grade contest, and Spencer Meeks competed in the 12th grade division.

Each Smith County 4-H member placed in the top 5 of their grades with Carson placing 2nd in 9th grade, Gary placing 4th and Hannah placing 5th in 10th grade, Olivia placing 1st in 11th grade, and Spencer placing 4th in 12th grade.

Olivia’s 1st place in her division provides her a scholarship to the State Contest at Tennessee 4-H Congress in March.

We are incredibly proud of the communication skills and hard work these 4-H’ers have exhibited!

UT Extension Smith County is an extension of the University of Tennessee working in Smith County to provide Real Life Solutions in agriculture, family & consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.  We work with youth, families, and land owners to provide education and solve everyday problems.

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 615-735-2900.