Approximately 20 4-H members from Barry County competed in a wide variety of public speaking and knowledge contests on June 23 at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton prior to the Barry County Fair.
Contests in traditional public speaking endeavors included prepared public speaking where youth memorize a five to seven minute speech on any topic of their choice and extemporaneous speaking where a topic is drawn the day-of the speech and then a speech is developed that needs to be five minutes in length or longer.
The 4-H standard demonstration is when a youth explains how to do an activity related to their project area. With a large increase in enrollments in the robotics project, six 4-H members showcased their scratch program during the demonstration competition.
New categories this year in public speaking included public service announce-ments and technology assisted. Both utilize new technologies to enhance the public speaking presentation. The public service announcement is a 60-second video promoting 4-H.
Project judging is a unique 4-H evaluation tool where a knowledge test is administered and then members are asked to evaluate a class of four items, based on a scenario. The member then has to give a verbal explanation of why they ranked the items the way they did. This evaluation process not only measures knowledge but expects students to apply what they have learned through their project work in a real life setting. The top 15 project areas in Missouri are given evaluations at the county competition.
Clover Kids who participated on Saturday are the youngest members, ages 5 to 7, and were asked to give a demonstration and were given judging assignments to complete. Morgan McGuire, Clover Kid, gave a demonstration to her peers.
Those placing in the contests and the categories are:
Clothes You Make, junior division, ages 8-13: Megan Thomas, first.
Prepared Public Speaking, junior division, ages 8-13: Megan Thomas, first. Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Junior Division, ages 8-13, Noah Tucker, first place, and Ana Lowry, second place. Interpretive Public Speaking, junior division, ages 8-13, Chelsey McGuire, first place, and Marshal McGuire, second place. Robotics demonstrations, senior division, ages 14-18, Sierra Gunter, first place, Junior division, ages 8-13, Shawn Lowry, first, Noah Tucker, second, Jason Ball, third, Savannah Gunter, fourth, Caleb Tucker, fifth, and Nathan Tucker, sixth. Live Animal Video Demonstration, junior division, ages 8-13, Savannah Gunter, first, dog project. Personal Development Competition, girls, ages 11-13, and Megan Thomas, first place.
Cake Decorating Project Judging, senior division, ages 14-18, Sierra Gunter, first place, junior division, ages 8-13, Dylan Bridges, first place, Audrey Shockley, second place, Jesse Bridges, third place, and Erika Bridges, fourth place. Meat Goat Project Judging, junior division, ages 8-13, Shasta Sanders, first place, Chelsey McGuire, second place; Jason Ball, third place, and Caleb Tucker, fourth place. Poultry Project Judging, junior division, ages 8-13, Shasta Sanders, first place. Photography Project Judging, junior division, ages 8-13, Audrey Shockley, first place. Horse Project Judging, junior division, ages 8-13, Marshal McGuire, first place.