New Hanover County 4-H participants win honors at public speaking competition

Posted July 9, 2020 at 10:48 am     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Five New Hanover County 4-H youth participated and were recognized for accomplishments in public speaking at the Southeast 4-H District Activity Day competition on June 24. New Hanover County 4-H participants, award and presentation topics were: Olivia Burns, gold medal (Science & Technology; Riley Rappold, 4-H Cloverbud participant (How to Bake a Cake); Jerod Smith, bronze medal (Forestry & Wildlife); Jordyn Smith, gold medal (Environmental Science); and Madilyn Smith, gold medal (Peanut Foods).

“A fear of public speaking affects everyone, but learning to speak effectively in front of groups large and small is still important, even in this era of texts, instant messaging and Zoom,” said New Hanover County 4-H Extension Agent J. Scott Enroughty. “In 4-H, youth learn how to overcome that fear with a demonstration and presentation competition in District Activity Day. As a product of growing up in 4-H, I know firsthand the many benefits gained from giving presentations, and I want to share a huge ‘Congratulations’ to these talented young people who represented New Hanover County so well!”

Traditionally, 4-H youth choose their topic to present to a set of judges and audience in person, however, with ongoing social distancing measures in place because of COVID-19, this year’s event and participants adapted to learning more than public speaking and expanded the presentation to using technology as well. The 4-H youth were asked to record their presentation in one take and enter that for competition. Additionally, youth competed with Power Point, posters and props on a variety of subjects.

Gold medal winners Olivia, Jordyn and Madilyn will advance to the state 4-H public speaking competition on July 27.

“Public speaking takes courage, but add in the ‘new normal’ we are encountering each day, I am truly honored and proud of each one of these five 4-Her’s for stepping out of their comfort zone,” said Enroughty. “4-H truly provides positive youth development experiences that helps young people ‘make the best better.’”

To learn more about 4-H in New Hanover County, visit or contact 4-H Agent J. Scott Enroughty at 910-798-7669 or


About 4-H in New Hanover County

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide. The New Hanover Cooperative Extension and Arboretum support and coordinate 4-H activities in New Hanover County.

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of NC State University. NC State Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity for North Carolina.

New Hanover Co. 4-H Presentation Participant Photos

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