Local youth compete in 4-H public speaking contests

Judges Missy Tucker, far left, and Chad Dean, far right, pose with the participants of the 2019 Caroline County 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

DENTON — Caroline County 4-H members recently participated in county and regional 4-H public speaking contests, and one moved on to compete at the State 4-H Public Speaking contest.

Youth participate in public speaking and communication events on the county and regional level first to qualify for the state contest. Categories include radio spot, prepared speech, extemporaneous speech and interpretations.

At the county contest, youth also can do a visual demonstration.

At the county contest in February, members who participated were Claire Heinsohn, Cloverbud participation; Mark Heinsohn, Cloverbud participation; Molly Heinsohn, Junior Prepared, first place and Champion; Lily Linkins, Junior Demonstration and participation; Trice Lofland, Junior Demonstration, first place and champion; Macrina Zdobysz, Junior Demonstration, second place and reserve champion; Paige Taylor, Junior Demonstration and third place; and Nathaniel Zdobysz, Junior Demonstration and participation.

Molly Heinsohn, Choptank River 4-H Club, competed at the Regional 4-H Public Speaking contest on March 29 at Easton High School and represented Caroline County at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on April 27 at the University of Maryland College Park.

Learning valuable public speaking and communication skills is one of the core values of the 4-H youth development program. To learn more about Caroline County 4-H, please visit extension.umd.edu/caro line-county or contact the University of Maryland Extension Caroline County office at 410-479-4030.

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