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4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

2017-2018 Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest


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 be invited to participate in a new opportunity, the 4-H District 2 4-H Showcase, which is a district-wide competition for public speaking, talent competition, graphic design, etc.  Winners of the 4-H Showcase have an opportunity to compete at the state level in Gainesville, FL at 4-H University in July/August 2018.

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.

2017-2018 County Contest

Holmes County Ag Center – Bonifay, FL

December 8, 2016

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


 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:

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, or check out our website at

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