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4-H members qualify for regional competition, present publicly

April 17, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

4-H youth qualify for Regional Horse Communications

JAMESTOWN - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County's 4-H Horse Program annually offers a public presentation contest known as Horse Communications.

Youth participants prepare speeches, demonstrations, team presentations, videos, or perform impromptu speeches. This year, Chautauqua County 4-H had 19 county horse presentations, seven of which were selected to advance to the regional competition.

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Senior Chautauqua County 4-H Horse Bowl participants Kendra Hockran, Ashley Crandall, Carissa Peterson and Rachel McCarthy pose with their winning ribbons.

Public speaking teaches youth to be confident, assertive, youth gain the ability to think and speak in front of a large group, develop poise and self confidence. At the Regional event, Chautauqua County youth will meet and compete against youth from Wyoming, Orleans, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Erie County. More than 30 horse presentations will take place at Regional Horse Communications in Cuba. Youth present in four separate categories at the junior, 14 years of age and under, and senior, 14-19 years of age, levels. The top four participants in each category will advance to the state competition.

The public speaking section of the contest requires youth to research, design and deliver a seven to 10 minute presentation without props or posters.

The individual presentations are nine to 12 minutes long and may be a demonstration or illustrated talk. A demonstration is defined as a presentation of a step-by-step procedure with an end product or result. An illustrated talk is defined as a presentation of an idea or topic that uses visual aids to convey the message. Visual aids may include, but are not limited to, handouts, posters, props, videos, slides and computer generated media - PowerPoint, websites, etc.

Team presentations may be illustrated talks or demonstrations as well. Youth present in teams of two for 10 to 15 minutes.

The following youth have been invited to advance to the regional horse communications event: Emily Markham, Fredonia Star Riders; Stephanie Rogers, Fredonia Star Riders; Mikayla Reynolds, Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders; Gracie Morrison, Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders; Rachel McCarthy, Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders; Sarah Burgoon, Fredonia Star Riders; Ashley Crandall, Chautauqua County Trail Riders; and Kendra Hockran, Fluvanna Farmyard Friends.

Horse Skills contests will continue throughout the summer with Regional Hippology, State Horse Bowl, State Hippology, State Communications and into the fall with national contests.

To learn more about the 4-H Horse Program in Chautauqua County, contact the 4-H office at 664-9502, Ext. 214.

4-H members present publicly

JAMESTOWN - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program hosted its annual Chautauqua County 4-H Presentation Day on Saturday, March 9 at the Cassadaga Valley Central School.

Youth presented on topics from agriculture and animal by-products to President Taft and the Human Cell.

4-H public presentation participants enhance their public speaking skills, learn the research process, gain the ability to think and speak in front of a large group, develop poise and self confidence and experience "mastery." 4-H presentations are five to 15 minutes in length depending on age and experience.

Each presenter was evaluated on a number of criteria. The delivery and subject of the speech was judged on proper use of equipment and visual aids, efficient organization, proper grammar and vocabulary, understanding of the subject matter and the presentation having one main theme with logical steps. The presenter was also evaluated on neatness and appropriate dress, eye contact, volume and rate of their voice, posture and poise, enthusiasm, and response to audience questions.

Each 4-H presenter was evaluated by a team of two judges. The judging teams were comprised of 4-H adult volunteers who provide encouragement and feedback on how to improve presentation skills in the future. Twelve 4-H adult volunteers served as evaluators for this event.

4-H presenters were awarded a blue, red or white ribbon for excellent, good and worthy presentations respectively. Each presenter was evaluated using the Danish System, meaning they were scored based on their own age and abilities, not compared to other participants.

Youth who received blue ribbons at Saturday's event include: Chloe Burke, Wild Oats; Marissa Burr, Fredonia Fireworks; Brooke Angelo, Levant Live Wires; Elizabeth Comstock, Harmony Haystackers; Alyssa Crandall, Wild Oats; Ethan Cross, Silver Creek Grapestompers; Jared Dorman, Stockton Panthers; Kendra Dorman, Stockton Panthers; Jane Fortna, Fredonia Fireworks; Julia Fortna, Fredonia Fireworks; Lacey Johnson, Levant Live Wires; Matthew Levan, Canadaway; Kevin Rogers, Forestville; Andrea Smith, Fredonia Fireworks; Emily Smith, Fredonia Fireworks; Louis Smith, Silver Creek Grapestompers; T.J. Stokes, Fredonia Fireworks; Andrew Waag, Fredonia Fireworks; Tessa Warner, Stockton Panthers; and Brittany Woodard, Wild Oats.

Cloverbud participants were: Sarah Cross, Silver Creek Grapestompers; Jaidyn Newhouse, Harmony Haystackers; and Alex Southworth, Harmony Haystackers.

Nine youth were selected for Outstanding Awards, which included an opportunity to participate in a district presentation contest, Saturday, March 23 in Wyoming County. The most outstanding presenters were: Emily Brown, Canadaway; Holly Crandall, Wild Oats; Jack Fortna, Fredonia Fireworks; Braden Lesch, Canadaway; Jacob Lesch, Canadaway; Claire Stokes, Fredonia Fireworks; Tiffany Jager, Canadaway; Anna Talbot, Canadaway; and Melinda Waag, Fredonia Fireworks.

Congratulations to all the participants and best of luck to those who advanced.

For more information about the 4-H Program or to find out how to become involved in Chautauqua County 4-H, call the 4-H Office at 664-9502 Ext. 214.



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