Public Speaking/PSA/Presentations Contest

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church Basement

2017 Speech/PSA Entry Form (pdf, 2 pgs, 167 kb)

2017 Presentation Entry Form (pdf, 3 pgs, 127 kb)

ENTERIES DUE APRIL 1, 2017

Please see the back of entry forms for guidelines for each division for all three contests.  You may also call the Extension Office at 402-245-4324 if you have any questions.

SPEECH CONTEST: The Speech Contest provides 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence.

Contest divisions and requirements:

  • Clover Kid: 5-7 years old, read or recite any short story, nursery rhyme, poem, pledge, etc.
  • Junior: 8 -10 years old, 1 - 3 minutes in length, any topic related to 4-H if you want to go on to the Regional Contest, otherwise any topic.
  • Intermediate: 11-13 years old, 3 - 5 minutes in length, any topic related to 4-H if you want to go on to the Regional Contest, otherwise any topic.
  • Senior: 14-18 years old, 5 - 8 minutes in length, any topic related to 4-H if you want to go on to the Regional Contest, otherwise any topic..

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CONTEST:  In the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, 4-H'ers submit a 60 second "radio commercial" promoting 4-H.  The PSA contest will be held via audio only (not in person).  Radio PSA's must be submitted on CD (no tapes) along with the PSA text to the Extension Office two weeks prior to the contest.  Please use .wav or .mp3 audio formats when recording your PSA.  If you do not have the capabilities to record a PSA, contact the Extension Office to set up a recording time.  Results and comment sheets will be handed out at the 4-H Speech/Presentations Contest.

Contest divisions and requirements:

  • Junior: 8 -10 years old, 60 seconds in length
  • Intermediate: 11-13 years old, 60 seconds in length
  • Senior: 14-18 years old, 60 seconds in length

All radio PSA's must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at anytime of the year.  State 4-H asks for PSA's to be non-county specific so winning PSA's can be aired on radios statewide (for example, say "Call your local Extension Office" not "Call the Richardson County Extension Office").

  • All PSA's must use the state theme as the basis for their PSA.  The 2017 PSA theme is "TBD.".
  • All 4-H PSA's must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: "TBD."  The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.

As always, background noises and soud effects are encouraged.

PRESENTATIONS CONTEST: Presentations provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly and convincingly, organize their ideas and present them in logical order, research subjects, have confidence in themsepves and emphasize the major points through the use of visuals or examples.

Contest divisions and requirements:

  • Junior: 8 - 11 years old
  • Senior: 12 - 18 years old

There are four methods in which you may present:

  • Illustrated Presentation
  • Premiew Presenter Contest
  • Teaching Presentation
  • 4-H FilmFest (Digital VIdeo)

Presentations should be related to 4-H, the member's 4-H experiences, or 4-H project related. Presentations must include an introduction (the "why" portion of the topic), a body (the "show and tell" portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the "what" portion of the topic).

 

Regional Public Speaking Contest
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.

2017 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.

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