Currituck County 4-H’ers Excel at Public Speaking Competition

— Written By and last updated by Stacy Hairfield

4-H Youth Development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communications and public speaking skills are vital as youth develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Currituck County 4-H staff and volunteers worked with 4-H members to write, rehearse and deliver presentations at the recently held Northeast District 4-H Activity Day. Currituck 4-H’ers brought home 12 medals, six of them gold, from the competition held at North Pitt High School in Pitt County, NC. Fourteen Currituck County 4-H’ers were among 232 youth, from 22 counties, who competed in outdoor cooking contests and public speaking presentations, for which they prepared and presented a 5-12 minute speech on the topic of their choice.

Currituck County winners were:

  • Ashton Lowe, Gold Medalist, Poultry, 11-13 year olds.
  • Ayden Berry, Gold Medalist, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, 14-18 year olds.
  • Billy Grant-Beasley, Gold Medalist, Forestry & Wildlife, 9-10 year olds.
  • Sammy Shawgo, Gold Medalist, Foods & Nutrition, 9-10 year olds.
  • Riley Newsham, Gold Medalist, Egg Cookery, 9-10 year olds.
  • Elijah Campbell, Gold Medalist, Horse, 9-10 year olds.
  • Alexis Berg, Silver Medalist, Science & Technology, 14-18 year olds.
  • Armani Rascoe, Silver Medalist, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, 11-13 year olds.
  • Bela Williams, Silver Medalist, Forestry & Wildlife, 9-10 year olds.
  • Alliyah Kato, Silver Medalist, Beef Char Grill, 11-13 year olds.
  • Abbigail Owens, Silver Medalist, Turkey Char Grill, 11-13 year olds.
  • Cayden Lowe, Bronze Medalist, Science & Technology, 11-13 year olds.
  • Carsyn Sawyer, Winner, 7-8 year old Cloverbud Division.
  • Jackson Surbaugh-Jones, Winner, 7-8 year old Cloverbud Division.

Pictured (from front row left) are Alliyah Kato, Billy Grant-Beasley, Bela Williams, Cayden Lowe, Ayden Berry, Sammy Shawgo, Riley Newsham and Elijah Campbell. (Back row from left) Tucker Melton, Gabriel Campbell, Ashton Lowe, Abbigail Owens, Armani Rascoe, and Alexis Berg. Not pictured are Cloverbud Winners Carsyn Sawyer and Jackson Surbaugh-Jones.

Currituck County 4-H thanks all the parents and volunteers who helped these young people do their best and achieve success. This annual public speaking contest is open to all Currituck County youth. For information on this or any other 4-H  program, contact the 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Sherry Fischlschweiger at 252-232-2262.

The goal of the NC 4-H program, conducted by N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University and NC A&T State University, is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping and contributing members of a global society, and the development of life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, family and marital status, sex, age, veteran status, sexual identity, genetic information or disability. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.