University of Maryland Extension

2013 State 4-H Communication Contest

Congratulations to all our 4-Hers who participated in the 2013 State 4-H Communications Contest as a part of the Maryland Day activities on campus!  The Judges this year commented on the OUTSTANDING quality of speeches and the wonderful job each 4-Her - Junior/Intermediate and Senior - did with their presentation!!  So hats off to each of the 140 youth participants as they showcased such an essential life skill - standing before a group and speaking clearly to convey a message.  We salute each one and encourage them to continue to develop this skill.

In each speaking category the 4-Hers participating were the Champions in their local area and were therefore invited to participate in the State Contest.  On Maryland Day the judges selected a Champion and a Reserve Champion for each age group in each of the speaking categories.  Again - ALL of the speakers did an outstanding job, and the Judges were presented with a very difficult job.  So while we announce these winners - we recognize that each of the participants was in fact a WINNER!

Radio Spots - 30 second promotional pieces were given under the Tent on Ag Avenue. Thanks to all who presented.  Juniors: Champion - Zachary Crum, Frederick County/ Reserve Champion - Zachary Spurrier - Garrett County. Intermediates: Champion - Emilee Coulbourn - Caroline County/ Reserve Champion - Audrey Houser - Allegany County.  Seniors: Gabrielle Cory - St. Mary's County/ Reserve Champion - Caitlin Olejnik - Charles County.

Prepared Speeches - Juniors: Champion - Imaad Syed, Howard County/ Reserve Champion - Caroline Boone, Carroll County. Intermediates: Champion - Jordan Wagner, Carroll County/ Reserve Champion - Brigid King, Queen Anne's County. Seniors:  Champion-Tiana Mankey, Charles County/ Reserve Champion- Ian Moore, Baltimore County.

Interpretations:  Juniors: Champion - Sierra Rossman, Howard County/ Reserve Champion - Skylar Podraza, Queen Anne's County.  Intermediates: Champion- Quinn Cochran, Caroline County/ Reserve Champion - Olivia Merryman, Howard County.  Senior: Champion - Anna Schuster, Howard County/ Reserve Champion- Elizabeth Vandegriff, Montgomery County.

Extemporaneous Speeches - these youth selected a topic WHEN they arrived and were given limited time to prepare their speech before presenting to the judges!  Junior: Champion - Annabelle Pucket, Carroll County/ Reserve Champion-Faith Cheung, Montgomery County.  Intermediates: Champion - Kirsten DiBastiani, Harford County/ Reserve Champion - Anna Maynard, Charles County.  Seniors:  Champion -Kimberly Zulauf, Anne Arundel / Reserve Champion - Casey Roberts, Kent County.

Congratuations again to ALL participants - we encourage all of you to continue to improve your skills and share your abilities with others.  Offer to help at local events, serve as narrators for your 4-H Fashion Show, announcers at the Fair, speakers at Community events, and good ambassadors for our 4-H Program!

Special thanks to our Judges from Calvert County - Mark Bailey, Sherry Bennett and Colleen Minder. Carroll County - Brittany Hill, Cheryl Hill, Jenn Hill, Mike Hill, Jeff Myers and Amy Petkovsek. Queen Anne's County - Michael O'Connell and Bob O'Connell.  Somerset County - Andy Skorobatsch and Nicole Skorobatsch.

Without the help of our 4-H Educators - Elaine Bailey - Calvert County/ Lisa Edwards - Prince George's County/ Christine Johnston - Queen Anne's County/ Sharon Pahlman - Caroline County/ Becky Ridgeway - Carroll County and State Staff Denise Frebertshauser, John English, Mel Johnson, Megan English and Dr. Jeff Howard - we could not have highlighted the talents of these outstanding 4-H Youth.  THANK YOU!

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