2022 Speech, PSA, & Favorite Foods Winners

Dakota-Thurston County 4-H Public Speaking & Favorite Foods Contest!
By Stacey Keys, Extension Assistant

Dakota & Thurston County 4-Her’s got the chance to participate at the 4-H Public Speaking and Favorite Food Contests, held on March 19, 2022, at the United Church of Pender. Our judge for the morning was Jayd Roberts, and we want to give her a big thanks for making this experience possible for our local 4-H youth.

Five 4-H members were awarded ribbons as a part of the Public Speaking/Speech Contest. 4-H exhibitors prepare a speech to present in front of an audience. From the county contest up to 5 speakers from the Intermediate (10-13) and Senior (14+) divisions, from both Dakota & Thurston Counties, are selected by the judge to participate in Lincoln on June 24, 2022.

To break the ice and be the first one to start the day, the kids decided Extension Educator, Jennifer Hansen needed to give the first speech! They gave her the speech topic of figuring out how to decide who should speak first. The solution, a rock, paper, scissors bracket!

Speech Contest Results:

Clover Kid Division

  • Thurston | Kate Hansen - Participation

Junior Division

  • Thurston | Logan Hansen – Purple
  • Dakota | Isaac Albrecht - Purple
  • Dakota | Payton Hermelbracht – Purple, Junior Reserve Champion (State)
  • Thurston | Amaryn Bodlak – Purple, Junior Grand Champion (State)

With the conclusion of the Public Speaking contest, judging moved onto the Favorite Foods contest. 4-Her’s are to select and prepare your favorite recipe; check. Plan a menu using that favorite recipe; check. Plan your table setting, add a center piece; check. Review the proper way to list a menu, and print on a 4x6 card; check. Print your favorite recipe on a 4x6 card; check. All of these steps were taken by the 4-H’ers that participated in 4-H Favorite Foods Contest.

Favorite Food Contest Results:

Clover Kids Division

  • Thurston | Kate Hansen – Participation

Junior Division

  • Thurston | Amaryn Bodlak – Purple
  • Thurston | Logan Hansen – Purple
  • Dakota | Jenna Raymer – Purple, Junior Reserve Champion
  • Dakota | Payton Hermelbracht – Purple, Junior Grand Champion

Senior Division

  • Thurston | Khloe Swanson – Purple
  • Dakota | Brooke Raymer – Purple, Senior Reserve Champion
  • Dakota | Rylie Hermelbracht – Purple, Senior Grand Champion

Congratulations to all our participants and winners! Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge with us. And thank you to all the parents, families, and supporters who help so much behind the scenes to give these youth a great experience!