4-H members compete in local contests

The Randolph County West Virginia University Extension Office was the setting for the annual Randolph County 4-H Visual Presentation and Public Speaking Contests on April 24. 4-Hers competed in a variety of Visual Presentation and Public Speaking categories from animal science to leisure and recreation.

The contests are divided into Junior Division (14 and under) and Senior Division (14 and over). Purple-ribbon winners are eligible to represent Randolph County at the West Virginia State 4-H Days July 25-27 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. State 4-H Days allow youths to participate in a variety of state-level educational activities that develop their subject matter knowledge, leadership and life skills as well as a forum to showcase their communication skills through competition.

Alisha Arbogast received purple and blue ribbons in the visual presentation junior division for her presentation titled, “Things to Learn When Raising a 4-H Swine Pig.”

In the senior division, Hannah Daniels received purple and blue ribbons with her presentation, “Oink Oink Your Way to Grand Champion.”

Red ribbon participants in the visual presentation senior division included Ashlee Bennett “The Elite Forces of the World” and Sam Urban “The How To on Basketball Becoming a Champion.”

In the junior division of the public speaking contest, Evelyn Bennett received purple and blue ribbons on her topic titled, “What Happened to the USS West Virginia?”

“All of the participants did an outstanding job, said WVU Extension Agent Amanda Haller. “I was very impressed with their skills and knowledge. I believe that these individuals will represent Randolph County well at the state level. It is clear that they are our future movers and shakers.”

Overall winners in the junior and senior division for public speaking and visual presentation received monetary awards sponsored by the American Legion through a grant managed by the Randolph County West Virginia 4-H Foundation. Charles Ranew of the H.W. Daniels, Post 29 American Legion, Elkins presented the winners with their awards. Ranew currently serves as the finance officer and Americanism officer as well on the funeral detail.

Judges for the event were Lucy Swecker, Susan Long and Melissa Walters. Committee Chair Jayme Gongola organized the event, with the help of committee members Tammy Swecker, Barbara Criss, Jodie Hart, Sheila Johnson, Linda Mullenax and Jenny Raines.

For more information on the 4-H program in Randolph County, anyone interested can email or contact the WVU Extension Office, 32 Randolph Avenue, Suite 102, Elkins, 304-636-2455.