AMONG THE 4-H-ers who go to state, from left, are Joseph Roof, Alaina Lehman and Ashley Stewart.

COLUMBIA – Four Ray Countians competed alongside 86 other youth from 39 counties at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on Sept. 28.

Hallie Lindsey of Olde Tyme 4-H Club – and Ashley Stewart, Alaina Lehman and Joseph Roof, all of Clever Clovers 4-H Club – engaged in the competition.

Speakers ages 8-18 competed in one of six categories: prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, business pitch, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation.

“Communication skills are a key to success in our economic future,” field specialist Emily Bergsieker said. “Youth at this contest take what they learn in Ray County 4-H and apply it on a larger stage.”

Dr. Bradd Anderson, the state 4-H specialist who coordinates the contest, said the spirit of competition, provides a means to a developmental end.

“Winning a trophy is a thrill,” Anderson said, “but we’re actually focused on the skills they develop while striving to accomplish that goal.”

Contest results:

Hallie Lindsey, Olde Tyme, semifinalist, prepared speaking, senior division;

Ashley Stewart, Clever Clovers, semifinalist, prepared speaking, senior division; and

Alaina Lehman, Clever Clovers, semifinalist, prepared speaking, intermediate division.

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