4-H hosts county public speaking challenge

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ORISKANY — Eleven local youngsters had their voices heard as part of the local 4-H chapter’s Public Presentation Day. The event, organizers say, provides participants not only with an opportunity to practice public speaking at the county level but to enhance and develop their public speaking skills.

The 4-H program considers being able to efficiently communicate one of the most valuable youth development skills that can be fostered, program officials said, adding that the participants presented their topics in front of a panel of volunteer judges, which included;
John F. Kay, of Blossvale, and Paul Sears, of Holland Patent.

Participating 4-H youth, and their topics, included:

-Eden Czajka, of Boonville, Silver Fox Characteristics and Border Collie Characteristics;

-Ashley Higgins, of Whitesboro, All about Cats;

-Rachael Higgins, of Whitesboro, Birds around New York State;

-Andrew Kilgore, of Taberg, How to Tumble Rocks;

-Elijah Kilgore, of Taberg, Balloon Rockets;

-Joseph Kilgore, of Taberg, How Rockets Work;

-Lilly Higgins, of Whitesboro, Phases of the Moon;

-Blaise Larry, of Rome, Finding the Right Bow for You;

-Charles Larry, of Rome, Record-Breaking Football Players; and

-P. Ella Larry, of Rome, Bullseye! Getting on Target.

Room helpers Emily Clemons and Rachael Higgins helped keep the event moving smoothly, organizers said.

4-H is one of the largest youth serving organizations in the nation. For information on how to get a child involved or to volunteer with the program, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County office at 315-736-3394, when you hear the recording Press “1” and then dial ext. 105.

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