Currituck County 4-H’ers Excel in District & State Public Speaking Competition

— Written By and last updated by winners of presentations

At Cooperative Extension, 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 for youth as they develop into tomorrow’s leaders. The 2020 District and State competition was conducted virtually, so participants mastered several new technologies in order to prepare and present their 5-12 minute presentation for judging.

Currituck County had eight 4-H’ers submit their presentations in the Northeast District competition which had a total of 93 presenters from the 22 counties in the District and all eight brought home a medal:

Ashton Lowe, Silver Medalist, Citizenship & Community Service, 14-18-year-olds

Cayden Lowe, Gold Medalist, Horse Public Speaking, 14-18-year-olds

Gabriel Campbell, Bronze Medalist, Science & Technology, 14-18-year-olds

Megan Armstrong, Silver Medalist, Forestry & Wildlife, 14-18-year-olds

Carsyn Sawyer, Gold Medalist, Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces, 11-13-year-olds

Elijah Campbell, Silver Medalist, Science & Technology, 11-13-year-olds

Caleb Minton, Bronze Medalist, Science & Technology, 8-10-year-olds

Karleigh Meads, Gold Medalist, Horse, 8-10-year-olds

By virtue of their place in the District competition; Ashton, Carsyn, Cayden, Elijah, Megan, and Karleigh qualified to present in the State 4-H Public Speaking Competition which had 313 participants from across the State. All of the participants had excellent  presentations and earned the following medals:

Cayden Lowe, Gold Medalist, Horse Public Speaking, 14-18-year-olds

Megan Armstrong, Bronze Medalist, Forestry & Wildlife, 14-18-year-olds

Carsyn Sawyer, Gold Medalist, Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces, 11-13-year-olds

Karleigh Meads, Gold Medalist, Horse, 8-10-year-olds

Congratulations to all of these outstanding Currituck County 4-H’ers and thanks to all the parents, volunteers and staff, who helped these young people succeed and achieve. 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.

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.