DeKalb County 4-H held the county-wide public speaking contest at the County Complex on January 10th, 2017. Twenty-eight youth from various grades competed to earn a spot at the regional contest and for cash awards. The 4th-6th graders were all winners from their classroom contests held last fall.
Winning the 4th grade competition was Dare Collins followed by Andrew Dakas and Kora Kilgore, all from Northside Elementary. Other participants from Northside were Cale Brown, Jadence Colwell, Landon Colwell, Shaelee Foster, Allison Goodwin, Luke Midgett, Addison Miller, Jade Oakley, Laurie Rigsby, Emily Robinson, and Sarah White. Sylvia Evans from the homeschool club and Alexis Haugh from DeKalb West School were also participants.
In 5th grade, 1st place was awarded to Peyton Norris from Northside, 2nd place to Tess Barton from DeKalb West,, and 3rd place to Summer Morse from the homeschool 4-H club. Other participants from Northside included Jazmine Wagner, Konner Young, Skylar Savage, MaKayla Scales, and Lilly Waggoner. Carise Duvenage from the homeschool club was also a participant.
Cooper Brown won 1st place in the 6th grade contest with Jacklyn Kleparek taking 2nd place and Raven Savage winning 3rd, all from DeKalb County Middle School. Evan Morse from the homeschool club placed 1st in 7th grade.
Dare, Andrew, Peyton, Tess, Cooper, Jacklyn, and Evan will all move on to the regional contest that will be held later this month. Public speaking is one of the most important and valuable skills these young people will learn to help them with their future careers. There were around 200 4-H’ers who gave a speech this year! We are proud of their hard work and courage. For more information about the 4-H program, please contact the UT-TSU Extension Office at 615-597-4945.
Back Row: Addison Miller, Jade Oakley, Emily Robinson, Laurie Rigsby, Landon Colwell, Allison Goodwin, Shaelee Foster, and Sarah White. Front Row: Dare Collins (1st Place), Andrew Dakas (2nd Place), Kora Kilgore (3rd Place), Luke Midgett, Alexis Haugh, Sylvia Evans, Cale Brown, and Jadence Colwell.
Konner Young, Carise Duvenage, Skylar Savage, MaKayla Scales, Jazmine Wagner, Lilly Waggoner, Summer Morse (3rd Place), Tess Barton (2nd Place), and Peyton Norris (1st Place).
Cooper Brown (1st Place), Jacklyn Kleparek (2nd Place), and Raven Savage (3rd Place)
Evan Morse wins 1st place at the county speech contest.