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. Please see the Regional Public Speaking Contest information for general contest rules and regulations, but note that additional public speaking opportunities or age groups may be offered at the county level. Please contact your local Extension Office to learn more about your local county contest.

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 the calendar of events below for specific dates, times, and locations. Also see Regional Public Speaking Contest information for rules and regulations.

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.


County Contests January - April - local Extension office
Panhandle District Contest April 22
9:00 AM MDT
Virtual via Adobe Connect Kelley Rice
West Central District Contest April 29
10:00 AM CST
UNL West Central Research & Extension Center
402 W State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 
Southeast& Metro District Contest May 18
2:00 PM CST
Animal Science Building, UNL East Campus
Lincoln, NE 
Maria Walker
Northeast District Contest May 25
2:00 PM CST
Lifelong Learning Center
601 East Benjamin Ave.
Norfolk, NE 
Lisa Kaslon
State Public Speaking Contest TBD TBD Cathy Johnston