• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development: Woodford County 4-H scores big at area speech contest

On Saturday, January 27, nine age-group speech champions were crowned in the 2018 Woodford County 4-H Communications Contest.

These 4-H youth gave three to seven minute-long speeches in front of not only two judges, but family, friends and peers as well. Topics ranged from country hams to geography to environmental issues to career interests.

Tuesday, April 17, was the next step for these youths as they traveled to Hearn Elementary in Franklin County to compete in the 2018 Ft. Harrod Area 4-H Speech Contest. There, these youth once again competed in front of judges, family and friends with the hope of being named Area Champions. This time though, they were up against, not peers from Woodford County, but other county champions from one of the eight other counties in the Ft. Harrod Area. 4-Hers from Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Mercer counties also made the trip with the hopes of being named Area Champions. From Woodford County, Gabby Gampper, Bradford Lacefield, Nora Hanley, Sawyer Gribble, Brianne Lacefield, Chloe Wagener and Turner Reynolds all made the trip to Franklin County to compete.

Congratulations is due to them for their hard work and effort as they strive to further develop their public speaking skills. A special congratulations is due to Sawyer, Brianne and Turner for winning their age group and being named an Area Champion. These three youth will now travel to the University of Kentucky to compete at the Kentucky State 4-H Communications Contest in July, where they will compete against Area and District Champions from all over the Commonwealth.

One final thank you is due Jan Frasier and Jim Hughes for volunteering as judges, as well as to the Versailles Kiwanis Club, for their continued and much-appreciated support of the Woodford County 4-H Communications Program.

If you are interested in learning more about all of the opportunities Woodford County 4-H has for youth to develop their public speaking skills, emailryan.farley@uky.edu or call 859-873-4601.

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