From Left to Right: Grace, Harville, Spencer Meeks, Olivia Jarvis, and Ellie Johnson

The Central Region’s 4-H Public Speaking Contest for 9th – 12th grades was held on Saturday, February 3rd 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 four senior level 4-H’ers.  Olivia Jarvis (Homeschool) and Ellie Johnson (Homeschool) competed in the 9th grade division, Spencer Meeks (Homeschool) competed in the 10th grade contest and Grace Harville (SCHS) competed in the 11th grade division.  Olivia placed 6th and Ellie placed 11th in a tough 9th grade division. Spencer placed 3rd in 10th grade and Grace received 1st place in her division which 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 735-2900.