Nine Eastern S.D. 4-H members take top honors in public speaking
BROOKINGS – 4-H members from Sioux Falls to Watertown took top honors in the tenth annual South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Public Speaking Contest.
Fifty-four South Dakota youth participated in the contest, held Aug. 7 at the Sioux Empire Fair. First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard sponsored the event, which was open to all eastern South Dakota 4-H’ers. They were asked to speak on the theme of how CHARACTER COUNTS! connects with a personal experience, a 4-H project or a current event.
In the senior division, Dustin Wahl from Sioux Falls received first place, and was the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. Second place and a $500 scholarship which was awarded to Maggie O’Brien from Watertown and finishing third in the senior division was Emily Kluin from Brandon and the fourth place finisher was Kaley Nolz from Mitchell. All four winners also received a special plaque from First PREMIER for their efforts.
In the junior division, Elizabeth Kluin from Brandon was the first-place winner. She received a $500 certificate of deposit. Receiving second-place honors and a $250 CD was Liam Drycimski of Sioux Falls. The third-place junior winner was Laura Bogue from Beresford. These three winners also received plaques.
In the Junior novice division Jensina Davis of Brookings was awarded $100 for her first place finish in the contest and Leslie Revier of Sioux Falls received $100 for her efforts in the Senior novice division.
All of the cash awards for the event were provided by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard. The event was jointly coordinated by SDSU Extension, South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS!, The South Dakota 4-H Foundation, Sioux Empire CC! Coalition, Sioux Empire Fair Board, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – Ag Division and Touchstone Energy. Twelve volunteer judges also gave their time to work with the 4-H’ers on their public speaking skills.
CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are trademarks of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and operates in South Dakota under the leadership of the 4-H Youth Development program of SDSU Extension, Brookings, South Dakota 57007.