Speakers ages 8-18 competed in one of five categories: prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation.

Jazira Henville and Kierstin Wright of the Camden County Creative Kids 4H club, Camdenton,  MO, competed alongside 84 other youth from 34 counties at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on September 29.  

Speakers ages 8-18 competed in one of five categories: prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation.  Kierstin Wright was a semifinalist in the Intermediate Division of Extemporaneous Speaking.

“Much depends on the ability to communicate as we prepare youth for the future,” said Bradd Anderson, State 4-H Youth Development Specialist.  “This contest takes those communication skills learned right here in Camden County 4-H and develops them on a larger stage.  

While competition is exciting, it’s really more of a means to an end”, said Bradd Anderson, state 4-H youth specialist, who coordinates the event. “Trophies can be great motivators,” said Anderson, “but it’s really about the skills they develop while striving to accomplish that goal.”

Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension.  

For more information, visit http://4h.missouri.edu or contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu.