Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The 4-H Public Speaking Contest provides an opportunity for youth to improve their public speaking skills while building confidence. Whether you write a speech or deliver a public service announcement, it's sure to be an enjoyable contest!

Public speaking contest


  1. SUBMIT your Public Speaking Contest Registration Form (GOOGLE FORM) to the Nebraska Extension in Washington County by MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021 BY 5PM.  
    1. Find the Registration Form (Google Form) here: https://forms.gle/jd8xJaZSiyM3ZRq98 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to all 4-H Staff at washingtoncounty4h@unl.edu or email Jaki directly at jaki.zahourek@unl.edu.


Three age divisions are used and based on the member's 4-H age as of January 1, 2021. Please note in 2021 the State has altered the age divisions to Intermediate (10-13) to match the Nebraska State Fair age divisions. 

  • Clover Kid: 5-7 (as of January 1) 
  • Junior: 8-9 (as of January 1) 
  • Intermediate: 10-13 (as of January 1) 
  • Senior: 14-18 (as of January 1)  



  • Length of Speeches
    • Junior Division: 1-3 minutes
    • Intermediate Division: 3-5 minutes
    • Senior Division: 5-8 minutes
  • All speeches must be original and include 4-H as the major component of the speech.
  • 4-H public speakers may not use an old speech written by a sibling, other 4-H member, or anyone else.
  • Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source.
  • Use of visual aids and props are not allowed.
  • Dress appropriately. Do not wear costumes or special effect clothing.
  • No team speeches are allowed.
  • All PSA’s are 60 seconds in length.
  • The state theme for the 2021 Public Service Announcement is "Opportunity 4 All" and should be incorporated in the PSA.
  • All radio PSA’s must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year.
  • All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: “Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu.” The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.
  • Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
  • All PSA’s must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA’s written and provided by the state or national staff.
  • No team PSA’s are allowed.