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4-H members challenge judges with high-quality communication skills

By: Submtted

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:28 am

These 4-H members took part in the Calgary Regional 4-H Communication Competitions on March 22 at the Strathmore Civic Centre.
These 4-H members took part in the Calgary Regional 4-H Communication Competitions on March 22 at the Strathmore Civic Centre.
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On March 22, the Calgary 4-H Region had three public speaking and three presentation competitions at the Strathmore Civic Centre. The Regional competitions are the fourth level of competition for these 4-H members. This is the last level of competition for the junior and intermediate members but the top two senior members continue on to Provincial 4-H Competitions.

The Calgary 4-H Region consists of five districts and each district sends forward their top two speakers in each of three age categories. As a result, there were 59 4-H members entertaining and educating everyone during the day.

In the public speaking categories, the first place winner in juniors (nine to 11 years old) was Jerett Rodriguez from Perfect Paws 4-H Club in the Foothills 4-H District, second was Seamus MacDougall from the Golden Rod 4-H Multi in Rockyview District and third was Aleri Swalwell from Strathmore 4-H Multi in the Wheatland District.

The first place winner in the intermediate (12 to 14 years old) competition was Emmett Sawyer from the Swalwell 4-H Beef in Kneehill District. The second place winner was Sabrina Kooistra from Cheadle 4-H in Wheatland District and the third place winner was Morgan Macklin from Sundre 4-H Multi in Mountainview District.

The senior 4-H members (15 to 20 years old) educated us on many topics and were excellent speakers. The first place winner was Erinn Jones from Balzac Beef in the Rockyview District. The second place speaker was Krista Jensen from Huxley 4-H Beef in Kneehill District. The third place speaker was Jessica Giles from Longview 4-H Beef in Foothills District.

Presentations were held during the afternoon. Some presentations were given by one 4-H member but some were a team of presenters. The first place junior presenter was Jade Whitmarsh from Big Hill West in the Rockyview District, second place was Aiden Good from West Carstairs 4-H in the Mountainview District and third place was the team of Sydnie Molnar and Halle Vermeeren of Strathmore Multi in Wheatland District.

Intermediate presentation winners were the team of Erin Benedict and Emily-May Kemp from Huxley Beef in Kneehill District in first place. Second place was Sharley Silbernagel from Golden Rod Multi in Rockyview District. Third place was Ivy Foster from Golden Rod Multi in Rockyview District.

Senior presentation winners in first place were the team of Bill Comstock and Marshall Biskup from Crowfoot Multi in the Wheatland District, second place was the team of Dayla Bowhay and Katelynn Webster from Bergen 4-H club in Mountainview District. The third place team was Codi Ashbacher and Mya Ingraham from Arrowwood River Wranglers in Wheatland District.

A very special acknowledgement to AltaLink, Capl, Farm Credit Canada, Moody’s Equipment, and the Calgary Regional Council for recognizing the importance of quality communication skills that 4-H members learn through 4-H and these events. Confident, quality communications skills will be a very important asset to all 4-H members and society now and in the future.


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