Youth Public Speaking and Talent Show Competition Set for May 4

Posted April 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service

Public speaking is one of the most important tools to have as an adult which is why local 4-H kids work on it when they’re young.

New Hanover County 4-H’ers will give public presentations on May 4, 2019 during County Activity Day at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension – Arboretum on just about any subject.

There are over 30 categories for the kids to select as their topic, including an open class for subjects that don’t fit into a category. Kids are normally given a topic for presentations in school, so this gives them a chance to learn more about something they find exciting. We encourage participants to choose a topic they are passionate about and want to share with others. Some of the presentations from previous competitions were wildlife, manga artwork, how to set up a fish aquarium, healthy lifestyles, and archery.

Even the youngest members of the 4-H family, 5-7 year-old Cloverbuds, are given the opportunity to try their hands at speaking. Their time requirement is much shorter, three to five-minutes as opposed to the five to 12-minutes expected of the 8-18 year-old presenters.

Many 4-H’ers will give multiple presentations over their career in the program. It is rewarding to see the kids’ confidence in their public speaking skills increase over the years.

We are excited to showcase New Hanover County’s talented youth in the second annual New Hanover County 4-H Talent Show during County Activity Day. Talent acts can range from: singing, to dancing, to juggling, and even comedy. A maximum time limit of five-minutes per act. The top two talent acts will then move on to represent New Hanover County 4-H at the district competition. The talent show is open to 4-H youth ages 5-7 (Cloverbuds) and 8-18.

Volunteer judges will evaluate the presentation and talent show and offer advice for improvement. The judges use the Danish System, which rates the performance of competitors compared to a standard of achievement, not to one another.

Registration for this event close April 17. Online registrations are located at

Register or request additional information by contacting J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent, at 910-798-7669 or via email at

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About 4-H: 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.


N.C. Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State Extension, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and local governments statewide.

Extension professionals in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians connect millions of North Carolinians with research-based information and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T. Educational programs specialize in agriculture, food and nutrition, 4-H youth development, community development and the environment.

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