4H presenters place at StatCommunications Event

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Submitted by Jordan Campbell

On July 12, five 4-Hers took demonstrations, presentations, and speeches to Lexington for the state 4-H communications event. The event was held on UK’s campus in the main classroom building, with over 400 speech givers, demonstrators, and presenters filling White Hall. Two categories of presentations are given at this event; speeches and demonstrations. Speeches are given with no extra material other than notecards and memory, and the classes are generally large, so the age divisions are split by each year. Demonstrations are supplemented with a poster, slides, or equipment showing a process or finished product. There are many different categories of demonstrations, ranging from health and safety, to shooting sports, to home environment and to business management. The age divisions are split up in a junior category and a senior category.

Jakob Beckley, Katherine Buckler, Emily Bratton, Taylor Lyon and Camryn McManis were the youths representing Henry County at this state level competition. Jakob Beckley, whose speech was titled “Hemp,” took 4th place and a blue ribbon in the 15-year-old category of speeches.

Katherine Buckler, with a demonstration titled “CD Remix,” demonstrated how to use CD’s to upcycle clothing. She earned 2nd place in the senior division of the presentation software category, as well as a blue ribbon.

Emily Bratton’s demonstration was titled “Make Your Own Spa Products,” where she instructed how to create custom creams, salts and sugar rubs for use in skin care. Her demonstration earned her a blue ribbon in the junior division of the health category.

Taylor Lyon was part of a team demonstration titled “How to Make Charms.” The two person team received a blue ribbon.

Camryn McManis gave a speech titled “My First Play,” in which she earned a blue ribbon in the 13-year-old-class. She also presented a demonstration titled “Starting a Business from the Ground Up,”which won first place in the class. Camryn is the first person to win a class at this event in a long time.

Congratulations to all of our youth for going to this event and winning blue ribbons, to Jakob Beckley for his 4th place speech, Katherine Buckler for her 2nd place demonstration, and Camryn McManis for her class winning demonstration. Great job everyone!