Nine eastern SD 4-H members take top speaking honors

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – 4-H members from Codington, Grant, Lincoln, Miner and Roberts Counties took top honors in the twelfth annual S.D. 4-H Character Public Speaking Contest.

Thirty, 4-H youth from 12 eastern South Dakota counties participated in the contest, held August 5, 2015 at the Sioux Empire Fair.

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard sponsored the event, which was open to all eastern South Dakota 4-H members. 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.

Award winners

In the senior division, Kiera Leddy from Grant County received first place and received a $1,000 scholarship. Logan Hattervig of Miner County placed sceond and received a $500 scholarship. Maggie O’Brien of Codington County placed third and Molly Kroeger from Lincoln County placed fourth. All four winners received a plaque from First PREMIER.

In the junior division, Kylee Mogen of Grant County placed first and received a $500 certificate of deposit. Sydney Walker of Codington County placed second and received a $250 certificate. Laura Bogue of Lincoln County placed third. All three winners received plaques from First PREMIER.

In the novice division $100 awards were presented to: junior participant, Lucy Walker of Codington County and senior participant, Mollie Anderson of Roberts County.

All of the cash awards for the event were provided by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard. Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – Ag Division provided the noon lunch for the participants, their families and the contest judges.

The event was jointly coordinated by SDSU Extension 4-H, South Dakota 4-H Foundation, Character on Track, First PREMIER Bank and Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce – Ag Division.

Eleven, volunteer judges gave their time to work with the 4-H’ers on their public speaking skills.