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4-H Performing Arts, Demonstration, Professional Persuasive Presentation, & Public Speaking Contests

March 11, 2020
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See Below for all Contest Details.  LOCATION has changed for this year too.  Attached are the PDF's with the registration forms that you need to complete and return to the Extension office by April 1st, 2020 by 4pm.

 4-H PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

St. Mary’s College - Madeleva Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Madeleva Hall – Carroll Auditorium

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Contest

 TOPIC (Self-Selected): Please select your own topic. A 4-H theme is strongly encouraged.

 Developing speaking skills is best achieved through practice.  The 4-H Public Speaking Contest offers the opportunity to practice developing self-confidence, poise, knowledge of subject and self-expression. 

 Clover Contest                                  Jr. Contest                                          Sr. Contest

  1. Grades 3rd - 5th                1. Grades 6th - 8th                              1. Grades 9th -12th
  2. Time 2-3 minutes                2. Time 3-5 minutes                        2. Time 5-7 minutes

 Grade is determined by the grade in school when the youth was enrolled in 4-H through 4HOnline.

 Contest Rules:

  1. Speech must be original
  2. Within time limits, judges will penalize contestants not meeting these limits
  3. Brief notes are optional, but should not distract from your speech  
  4. Encouraged to speak of related 4-H experiences    
  5. One copy of speech submitted to judge’s table  

 St. Joseph County will send their top three contestants from the Junior division, and the top three from the Senior division to the Indiana State Fair.

 

4-H DEMONSTRATION CONTEST

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

St. Mary’s College - Madeleva Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Madeleva Hall – Carroll Auditorium

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Contest

 Do you enjoy speaking and sharing your 4-H experiences with others?  If you answered YES, then register for the 4-H Demonstration Contest. Entry Forms are due by Wednesday, April 1st @ 4:00 PM to the Extension Office. Come and share your knowledge and be judged on your communication skills.  We have categories for each division and the winners of these will represent St. Joseph County at the Indiana State Fair!

 Clover Contest                         Jr. Contest                               Sr. Contest

  1. Grades 3rd - 5th                1. Grades 6th - 8th                              1. Grades 9th -12th
  2. Time 3-5 minutes                2. Time 5-7 minutes                        2. Time 7-10 minutes

 The above times will be adhered to very strictly by the judges.  Contestants not meeting the times for their demonstrations will be penalized.

 Grade is determined by the grade in school when the youth was enrolled in 4-H through 4HOnline.

 All demonstrations should be original.

 Demonstration Categories are listed below:

  1. Livestock                                               4.  Animals for Pleasure                                     7.  Natural Resources
  2. Color, Texture, Design                             5.  Team                                                           8.  Plants               
  3. Foods                                                    6.  Mechanical Sciences & Safety                         9.  General, video gaming is discouraged.

 

4-H Performing Arts Contest

 SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

St. Mary’s College - Madeleva Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Madeleva Hall – Carroll Auditorium

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Contest

 Acts you or your group can participate in (Group Skits Encouraged):

 

 Non Musical (Skits, Readings, Ballet, Tap, Dance, Lip Sync, Juggling, Puppetry, Clowning, Magic, Gymnastics, etc.) 1-4 performers 3-5 minutes

 Musical (Instrumental, Vocal, Jazz, Bands, etc.) 1-4 performers, 3-5 minutes

  Group Act (Skits, Dance, Choral number, Lip sync, etc.) 5 or more performers, 5-8 minutes

 *Must be in 3rd through 12th grade.

Cost: Free to 4-H members.

Two best acts overall go on to Area Contest.

4-H PROFESSIONAL PERSUASIVE

PRESENTATION CONTEST

(NEW THIS YEAR!)

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

St. Mary’s College - Madeleva Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Madeleva Hall – Carroll Auditorium

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Contest

Any 4-H member in grades 6-12 may participate in the St. Joseph County 4-H Professional Presentation contest. Contestants will be required to research a public issue in their community, collect data showing how this issue is or could affect their community, formulate a plan to address this issue, and present it in a professional manner using electronic digital media such as PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.

Contestants are to submit three (3) sets of accompanying handouts at registration. These handouts will be provided to the judge. It is suggested that youth practice by presenting their professional presentation to service clubs, 4-H council or fair board, government officials, or other boards. Examples of public issues could be the lack of accessibility to trails or public parks, congested traffic locations, public health issues, impoverished neighborhoods, school dropout rates, the size of farm machinery outgrowing the size of roads, etc. Live animals are not permitted. There is no interaction with the audience.

Junior members (grades 6-8) and senior members (grades 9-12) will present their professional presentation in 5-10 minutes. Questions may be asked by the judge following the professional presentation. Categories will be Junior Individual, Junior Team, Senior Individual, and Senior Team. The team category is for two (2) people and will be determined by the highest grade level of any member of that team. Those members of the winning team who are younger than 14 years of age will not be able to compete in a team informative presentation in future years. A county may have no more than three (3) entries in each of the categories at the Indiana State Fair Contest.

 

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