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4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

2016-2017 Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

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What Is The 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest?

The 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest is an opportunity for your child to learn writing, reading, and speaking skills outside of typical classroom instruction.  This program is underwritten by the Tropicana Corporation and coordinated by Holmes County 4-H.  It has been in school systems across Florida since 1969 and continues to grow each year!

Teachers in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will set aside part of their classroom time to help students research, organize, practice, present, and critique speeches based on their own topic of their choice!  Topics can by humorous, serious, educational, inspiring or persuasive.  It is fun and rewarding as every child will have a chance to express him/herself on something important to them and have a chance to be recognized with awards.

Speeches are written and presented in the classroom with classroom winners competing at the school level.  1st Place school level winners will then advance to the county contest.  County 1st Place winners receive a FULL scholarship to 4-H Camp Timpoochee, which has been a tradition since the early 1930’s!  County Winners will then compete at the District II 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.

We hope your child is excited about participating in the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.  Please carefully review all materials sent home with your child prior to the competition.

2016-2017 County Contest

Holmes County Ag Center – Bonifay, FL

December 8, 2016

6:00 PM (Contestants should check in at 5:30 PM)

District Contest

Location To Be Announced

1st Place County Winners Only

May-June 2017

Time To Be Announced

 4-H/TROPICANA RESOURCES:

 School Resources:

Each school must complete this form(s) specifying breakdown of teachers and students participating in the contest.  This form(s) is due to the 4-H Office no later than September 16, 2016.

Each school must complete this form noting the school winner information.  This form(s) is due to the 4-H Office no later than December 1, 2016.  

Teacher Resources:

 **Awards (i.e. participation certificates, classroom ribbons, and grade level medals will be provided by Holmes County 4-H and delivered to your school in by September 30, 2016.

Student/Parent Resources:

Students placing 1st at the county competition each received a scholarship in the amount of $250.00 to attend the legendary 4-H Camp Timpoochee in June, a camping tradition which has occurred since the 1930’s.

Florida 4-H is very proud of the 4-H/Tropicana Public SpeakingContest, which has been incorporated into the 4-H program for over forty years. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. Over 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning. Tropicana, Inc. has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, ribbons for classroom winners, and medallions for school winners, plaques and summer camp scholarships to 4-H Camp Timpoochee for county winners. Tropicana Products, Inc., is a division of PepsiCo, Inc., the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices.

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. 4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns. 4-H’s learning opportunities are designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered! These programs teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, ncrawson@ufl.edu or check out our website at http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu.

2016 Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana County Public Speaking Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s County 4-H/Tropicana winners!

2016 County Tropicana
Pictured left to right:

1st Place – Gabriel Cushing, 4th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Kids Day”

3rd Place – Jacob Shiver, 5th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Bella”

1st Place – Gage Galloway, 5th Grade, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Speech entitled, “Winston Churchill”

1st Place – Aubrey Smith, 6th Grade, Poplar Springs, Speech entitled, “Simply Southern”

2nd Place – Casey Johnson, 5th Grade, Bonifay Middle School, Speech entitled, “Basketball”

2nd Place – Holley Andrews, 2nd Grade, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Speech entitled, “Mullet Fishing”

2nd Place – Hope Sasnett, 6th Grade, Ponce de Leon High, Speech entitled, “The Homeless”

Niki Crawson, University of Florida/IFAS Extension – Holmes County 4-H Agent

 

These seven local students impressed the judges and audience on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016 at the Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest as they competed for the County Winner title for their school grade levels.  These seven students were the finalists in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades out of a total of 304 students that participated from four schools in Holmes County.   The judges were impressed as the youth appeared confident, prepared and eager to take the stage to present their speeches.  After being scored on speech content, creativity, poise, and projection, all youth participants were recognized for their hard work in preparing for the county event.

Students placing 1st at the county competition each received a scholarship in the amount of $250.00 to attend the legendary 4-H Camp Timpoochee in June, a camping tradition which has occurred since the 1930’s.  In addition, all 1st place County Level Winners will represent Holmes County at the District II 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest to be held on May 21, 2016 in Freeport, FL.

Florida 4-H is very proud of the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest, which has been incorporated into the 4-H program for over forty years. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. Over 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning. Tropicana, Inc. has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, ribbons for classroom winners, and medallions for school winners, plaques and summer camp scholarships to 4-H Camp Timpoochee for county winners. Tropicana Products, Inc., is a division of PepsiCo, Inc., the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices.

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.  4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns.  4-H’s learning opportunities are designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered!  These programs teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently.  For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, ncrawson@ufl.edu or check out our website at http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu .

4-H is a community of young people ages 5-18 across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H programs are available to young people in all 50 states, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations worldwide, regardless of gender, race, creed, color, religion, or disability. For more information on 4-H, please visit http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu .

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