The Fairfax County 4-H Contest Day

Kids had fun practicing their public speaking skills with 4-H.

The 4-H Contest Day was a great success on March 2, 2013 at the Fairfax County Government Center.  It was a time for kids to practice speaking and be judged.

There were different categories.  Here are the categories Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Speech, Presentations, Fashion Revue and Share the Fun. 

I asked Lenah Nguyen who runs the program, what do you want kids to get out of this program.  She said “Mostly I want them to gain public speaking skills.”

There were kids from 7 to 18 years old.  I was able to present and I was also the youngest person there.  My title was “Making A Difference” and I talked about Caring Kids Cards.

Ishaan, age 10 from Fairfax, VA, said, “I liked speaking in front of other people.”

Tiffany Min and Michelle Birkenstock were two of the judges.  Tiffany said “This is my first time judging.  I was in AmeriCorps.  I was a 4-H leader and 4-H is a great program for kids to be creative and have fun.”

I asked them how they got involved with this program.  Michelle said, “So we work at middle schools and we found out about 4-H through their egg hatching program.  The 4-H emailed us to see if we were interested in judging.”

We found out that we met Michelle before at an event that she organized at Lake Braddock High School for Make A Difference Day.

After you were done presenting and the judges got the ribbons.  The judges handed out the ribbons and sheets that gave you feedback. 

It was just phenomenal!  Everybody had a great time.  For more local 4-H events visit their website.

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