Public Speaking Contest

Public Speaking Contest

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. Contact your local UNL 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 Public Service Announcement (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. 

State Public Speaking Contest
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.


Contest Information



The entry form and three copies of the Speech or PSA Outline must be submitted when registering for the regional or state contest.

  • County Public Speaking Contest (contact your local UNL Extension Office)
  • Regional Public Speaking Contest Entry Forms pdf | doc
  • State Public Speaking Contest Entry Forms (regional form forwarded to state by regional contest coordinator)
  • Speech Outline pdf | doc
  • PSA Outline pdf | doc       

Manuals and Resources


Nebraska 4-H Program Contact
Catherine (Cathy) Johnston, Extension EducatorNebraska 4-H Youth Development / 114 Ag Hall / PO Box 830700 / Lincoln, NE  68583-0700
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A 4-H member shares her speech at the State Public Speaking Contest at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair.