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4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

Holmes County 4-H County Tropicana Public Speaking Contest




Holmes County Ag Center

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

6:00 PM until 8:00 PM



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.  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.

County Contest

Holmes County Ag Center

May 20, 2014

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

District II Contest

There is no District Competition for the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest scheduled for 2014.


 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 March 14, 2014.

Each school must complete this form noting the school winner information.  This form(s) is due to the 4-H Office no later than TBA 2014.  

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 January/February.

Student/Parent Resources:

2013 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest Results

Twenty Holmes County students impressed a large audience of over 100 guests Tuesday evening, May 23, 2013 at the Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest as they competed for the County Winner title for their grade levels.  These twenty students were the top finalists in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades out of a total of 471 students that participated from five schools in Holmes County.   Not a student in the group appeared nervous about taking the stage to present their original speeches before the panel of judges that were instructed to score them on speech content, creativity, poise, and projection.  In fact, each youth took the stage with confidence, smiles, and excitement.  The judges were extremely impressed by the presentation skills of every student, noting that the hard work on the students and the teachers’ part was evident by the success of the evening.

Congratulations to all of this year’s County Winners:

4th Grade Winners:

2013 Holmes County 4th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners
2013 Holmes County 4th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners

Left to right:

1st Place – Sadie Hudson, Bonifay Elementary School

2nd Place – D.J. Bush, Bonifay Elementary School

3rd Place – Dayna Snell, Poplar Springs School

Honorable Mention – Levi Leavins, Ponce de Leon Elementary School

 5th Grade Winners:

5th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners
5th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners

Left to right:

1st Place – Ian Sallas, Bonifay Middle School

2nd Place – Lydia Dixon, Poplar Springs School

3rd Place – Jacee Ward, Bethlehem School

Honorable Mention – Emily Gilmore, Poplar Springs School

6th Grade Winners:

6th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners
6th Grade County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Winners


Left to right:

1st Place – Dillian Leavins, Bethlehem School

2nd Place – Mallory Bell, Poplar Springs School

3rd Place – Madison Ealum, Poplar Springs School

Honorable Mention – Emilie Justice, Bethlehem School



Students placing 1st each received a scholarship in the amount of $220.00 to attend the legendary 4-H Camp Timpoochee in June, a camping tradition which has occurred since the 1930’s.  A new component to the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest this year is the forwarding of the three County 1st place winners to a District Level Contest which will be held on June 1, 2013 at the Jackson County Extension Office.

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, 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, or check out our website at .

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