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Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest Winners ….

Twenty Holmes County students impressed a large audience of over 100 guests Tuesday evening, May 23, 2013 at the Holmes County 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest as they competed for the County Winner title for their grade levels.


These twenty students were the top finalists in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades out of a total of 471 students that participated from five schools in Holmes County. Not a student in the group appeared nervous about taking the stage to present their original speeches before the panel of judges that were instructed to score them on speech content, creativity, poise, and projection. In fact, each youth took the stage with confidence, smiles, and excitement. The judges were extremely impressed by the presentation skills of every student, noting that the hard work on the students and the teachers’ part was evident by the success of the evening.


Congratulations to all of this year’s County Winners:



4th Grade Winners:
1st Place – Sadie Hudson, Bonifay Elementary School
2nd Place – D.J. Bush, Bonifay Elementary School
3rd Place – Dayna Snell, Poplar Springs School
Honorable Mention – Levi Leavins, Ponce de Leon Elementary School





SONY DSC5th Grade Winners:
1st Place – Ian Sallas, Bonifay Middle School
2nd Place – Lydia Dixon, Poplar Springs School
3rd Place – Jacee Ward, Bethlehem School
Honorable Mention – Emily Gilmore, Poplar Springs School






6th Grade Winners:
1st Place – Dillian Leavins, Bethlehem School
2nd Place – Mallory Bell, Poplar Springs School
3rd Place – Madison Ealum, Poplar Springs School
Honorable Mention – Emilie Justice, Bethlehem School



Students placing 1st each received a scholarship in the amount of $220.00 to attend the legendary 4-H Camp Timpoochee in June, a camping tradition which has occurred since the 1930’s. A new component to the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest this year is the forwarding of the three County 1st place winners to a District Level Contest which will be held on June 1, 2013 at the Jackson County Extension Office.


Florida 4-H is very proud of the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest, which has been incorporated into the 4-H program for over forty years. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. Over 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning. Tropicana, Inc. has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, ribbons for classroom winners, medallions for school winners, plaques and summer camp scholarships to 4-H Camp Timpoochee for county winners. Tropicana Products, Inc., is a division of PepsiCo, Inc., the leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices.
4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 5-18, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. 4-H programming offers more than just animals and barns. 4-H’s learning opportunities are designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. A variety of fun, educational, social, and engaging activities are offered! These programs teach the fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences which encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. For information on how you can get involved with 4-H as a youth, volunteer, or supporter, please contact Niki Crawson at 547-1108, or check out our website at .


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