The following article was submitted by Katie Clark – UT Extension Agent: 

Thirteen Smith County 4-H’ers, along with parents and grandparents, journeyed to Putnam County on January 24, 2019, for the Sub-regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

To qualify to compete, 4-H’ers must have received either first or second place honors during the County Contest held in December 2018.

The Sub-regional Contest was extremely tough as nearly 125 4-H’ers, from nine counties were divided into 6 groups according to their grade level. 

Maicy Loreto and Ellie Beth McDonald competed in the 4th grade contest, with Ellie Beth reciving 4th place.

Ellie Beth McDonald and Maicy Loreto, 4th grade.

In the 5th grade division, Laura Thompson represented Smith County well. 

Laura Thompson, 5th grade.

Gabriel Harville and Jaylee Lankford did an outstanding job competing in the 6th grade contest. 

Jaylee Lankford and Gabe Harville, 6th grade.

Abe Goolsby and Ava Grisham represented Smith County well in the 7th grade contest, with Ava placing 3rd and Abe placing 4th.

Ava Grisham and Abe Goolsby, 7th grade.

In 8th grade Augusta Long and Carson Meeks competed and Augusta placed 2nd.

Carson Meeks and Augusta Long, 8th grade.

In the 9-12 grade contest, Smith County again had four excellent 4-H’ers with Hannah Borck, Olivia Jarvis, Spencer Meeks, and Grace Harville competing.  All four of our Senior High 4-H’ers placed in the top 5 of their grade and will move on to the Regional Public Speaking Contest in February.

Grace Harville (12th), Hannah Borck (9th), Olivia Jarvis (10th) and Spencer Meeks (11th).

We are extremely proud of these outstanding youth that exhibited their life skills in communication!