Currituck County 4-H participants excel at public speaking competition

Published 7:05 pm Sunday, July 30, 2023

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By Sherry Fischlschweiger, Currituck Extension

At NC Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communications and public speaking skills are vital as youth develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Currituck County 4-H staff and volunteers worked with 4-H members to write, rehearse and deliver presentations at the recently held Northeast District 4-H Activity Day.

Seventeen Currituck County 4-H’ers were among 108 youth from 22 counties who competed in the public speaking competition at the Creswell School Campus in Washington County. All 17 Currituck County 4-H’ers brought home blue, gold and silver medals. All 15 competitive youth (8-18 years old) have qualified for the 4-H State Presentations Finals which are to be held on July 22, 2023 at the NC State University campus in Raleigh.

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Currituck County winners were:

  • Elijah Campbell, Gold Medalist, Digital Reality, 14-18 year olds.
  • Cayden Lowe, Silver Medalist, Horse (Team Presentation), 14-18 year olds.
  • Emerson Page, Silver Medalist, Horse (Team Presentation), 14-18 year olds.
  • Riley Newsham, Silver Medalist, Careers & Entrepreneurship, 14-18 year olds.
  • Carsyn Sawyer, Silver Medalist, Hospitality & Social Graces, 14-18 year olds.
  • Stephen “Eli” Brown, Gold Medalist, Entomology, 11-13 year olds.
  • Braiden Carothers, Gold Medalist, Safety, 11-13 year olds.
  • Amanda Jennings, Gold Medalist Horticulture Science, 11-13 year olds.
  • Adelaide Martin, Gold Medalist, Environmental Science, 11-13 year olds.
  • Karleigh Meads, Gold Medalist, Poultry Science, 11-13 year olds.
  • Caleb Minton, Gold Medalist, Healthy & Fitness, 11-13 year olds.
  • Poppy Wright, Silver Medalist, Arts & Communications, 11-13 year olds.
  • Noah Brown, Silver Medalist, Fruits & Vegetable Use, 11-13 year olds.
  • Isabel Cox, Gold Medalist, Horse, 8-10 year olds.
  • Peaches Wright, Gold Medalist, Science & Technology, 8-10 year olds.
  • Easton Page, Blue Ribbon, Cloverbud, 5-7 year olds.
  • Riley Sarver, Blue Ribbon, Cloverbud, 5-7 year olds.

Currituck County 4-H thanks all the parents and volunteers who helped these young people do their best and achieve success. This annual public speaking contest is open to all Currituck County youth. For information on this or any other 4-H  program, contact the 4-H and Youth Development Agent Sherry Fischlschweiger at 252-232-2262.

The goal of the NC 4-H program, conducted by NC Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University and NC A&T State University, is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping and contributing members of a global society, and the development of life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences.