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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.  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 – Bonifay, FL

May 12, 2015

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

District II Contest

Jackson County Ag Center – Marianna, FL

1st Place County Winners Only

June 6, 2015

9:30 AM (Contestants should check in at 9:15 AM)


 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 6, 2015.

  • MANDATORY ENROLLMENT_Tropicana School Enrollment Forms 2015 (Word file)
  • MANDATORY ENROLLMENT_Tropicana School Enrollment Forms 2015 (pdf)

Each school must complete this form noting the school winner information.  This form(s) is due to the 4-H Office no later than May 1, 2015.  

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:

2014 Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest Winners

The bar was set extremely high this year as eleven students impressed the judges and audience on Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014 at the Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest as they competed for the County Winner title for their school grade levels. These elven students were the finalists in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades out of a total of 608 students that participated from six 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.

Congratulations to all of this year’s County 4-H/Tropicana Winners below:

4th Grade Winners

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1st Place – Faith Bush, Bonifay Elementary School

2nd Place – Noah Owens, Bethlehem School

3rd Place – Aubrey Smith, Poplar Springs School

Honorable Mention – Allie Alford, Ponce de Leon Elementary School


5th Grade Winners


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1st Place – Levi Leavins, Ponce de Leon Elementary School

2nd Place – Jacob Lawer, Poplar Springs School

3rd Place – Destiny Soto, Bethlehem School

Honorable Mention – Sadie Hudson, Bonifay Middle School


 6th Grade Winners

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1st Place – Lydia Dixon, Poplar Springs School

2nd Place – Autumn Frutos-Creamer, Ponce de Leon High School

 3rd Place – Madison Curry, Bethlehem School


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, or check out our website at

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