Public Speaking Contest

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Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contest, youth have an opportunity to write a speech or a public service announcement (PSA) that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience.

The 4-H Public Speaking Contest helps youth develop skills for communicating about current issues to real audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn how to present themselves to others, and develop self-confidence.

County Public Speaking Contests

All Nebraska 4-H youth can participate in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest at the county level. County Public Speaking Contests are typically held between January and April. Additional public speaking opportunities or age groups may be offered at the county level.

Please contact your local Extension Office to learn more about contest dates and locations.

Regional Public Speaking Contests

After participating at the county level, three (3) contestants in each age division (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior) in both speech and PSA categories will be selected to advance to the Regional Public Speaking Contest. The Regional Public Speaking Contests are typically held in April and May.

Please see Regional Public Speaking for more information

State Public Speaking Contests

Regional Public Speaking Contest Senior division contestants have the opportunity to advance to the State Public Speaking Contest, which is held during the Nebraska State Fair.

Please see the Nebraska 4-H State Fair Fairbook for more information about the State Public Speaking Contest.

For State Public Speaking results, please visit the Nebraska 4-H State Fair results.

Public Speaking Schedule of Events

County Contests January - April - local Extension office
Panhandle District Contest I April 23, 2016
9:00 - 12:00 PM MDT
Bridgeport High School
800 Q Street
Bridgeport, NE 
Kelley Rice
Panhandle District Contest II April 23, 2016
9:00 - 12:00 PM MDT
Sioux County High School
435 Kate Street
Harrison, NE 
Kelley Rice
Panhandle District Contest III April 23, 2016
9:00 - 12:00 PM MDT
ESU #13
1114 Toledo Street
Sidney, NE 
Kelley Rice
West Central District Contest April 30, 2016
9:00 - 12:00 PM CST
UNL West Central Research & Extension Center
402 W State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 
Heather Borck
Southeast District Contest May 19, 2016
1:00 - 7:00 PM CST
UNL Animal Science Building
Lincoln, NE 
Bob Meduna
Northeast District Contest May 26, 2016
2:00 - 5:00 PM CST
Northeast Community College
Lifelong Learning Center
Norfolk, NE 
Lisa Kaslon
State Public Speaking Contest September 5, 2016
9:00 AM CST
Heartland Event Center, Fonner Park
Grand Island, NE 
Cathy Johnston