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Sanders County 4-H Youth "Speak" Out

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March 27, 2002

by John Halpop, MSU Extension Service

Over the course the past three weekends, nearly 130 Sanders County4-H members participated in the demonstration/public speaking program. This annual event culminated Saturday, March 23rd with Blue Ribbon finals competition held at Plains High School.

Demonstrations and public speeches are prepared presentations given before judges, based upon criteria including an introduction, body and summary. Participants are also evaluated on presentation skills such as speaking voice, posture, appearance and the ability to field questions related to their presentation.  Public speaking experience is a skill that serves 4-H members throughout their lives. Twelve members ages eight - thirteen competed on the junior platform.

Placing first and receiving a purple ribbon and trophy was Jessie Zander of the Whitepine Happyworkers. Brock Sterns and Jacob Naegeli also of Whitepine and Skyler Kinkade of the Thompson Falls Mountaineers rounded out the top four.

Other junior members on the Junior platform were Stephani Conte, Courtney Anderson, Darin Havens and Allen Havens, Trout Creek Mavericks; Beau Jensen, Meghan Brady and John Garrison and Mariah Naegeli Whitepine Happyworkers. The top four Junior demonstrators earn a 4-H Camp scholarship sponsored by the Sanders County 4-H Council.

Placing first on the Senior platform (ages 14+) was Derek Naegeli of the Whitepine Happyworkers, with the top four comprised of Erin Nyberg, Hot

Springs Wranglers; Spencer Garrsion and Scott Eggensperger of Whitepine Happyworkers. The Senior platform had excellent presentations by Sarah Stascavage and Morgan McEldery, Southside Sparks; Casey Zander, Whitepine Happyworkers and Courtney Bertch, Trout Creek Mavericks. The top four Seniors will represent Sanders County at 4-H Congress this July in Bozeman. Dave Soderlind is the top Congress alternate.

Public Speaking as a project is growing in the 4-H curriculum, Mark Eggensperger placed first, with Jesse Hanna taking second on the Senior platform. In the Junior Division, Brianne Jensen placed first, closely followed by Nic Buffon of Whitepine. Public Speaking members are from the Whitepine club.

Shane Cavallini of the Hot Springs Wranglers placed first with his Beef Illustrated Talk. Mark Eggensperger and Shane Cavallini will complete the Sanders County Public Speaking delegation attending 4-H Congress. Thanks are extended to judges Karen Dwyer, Tom Eggensperger, Linda Soderlind, Shawna Reinschmidt, Francis Rotter and Kathy Legard. Demonstration trophies are sponsored by Jim and Eileen Wilson, Bonnie J Ranch, Trout Creek. Public Speaking trophies are sponsored by Karen Dwyer of Thompson Falls. The Sanders County Ledger provides medallions for each 4-H member qualifying for 4-H Demonstration finals. The program was facilitated by the Sanders County Extension office.


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