4-H public speaking contest awards up to $1,000

4-H members from more than 40 South Dakota counties are invited to participate in a public speaking contest held Aug. 7 during the Sioux Empire Fair.

All 4-Hers who participate will receive five gate passes, five lunch tickets and $20 to spend at the fair. The Contest provides 4-H members the opportunity to use their critical thinking, writing and speaking skills to tell an audience how CHARACTER COUNTS! fits into a 4-H project area, current event or a personal experience.

All contestants will present their speeches in morning rounds. There are two divisions, Juniors, (ages 8-13) and Seniors, (ages 14-19). Within these two divisions, the top two senior speakers and the top junior speaker at each judging station will advance to the championship round.

Prizes for the contest include: In the senior division, the first place winner receives a $1,000 certificate of deposit and the second place winner receives a $500 certificate of deposit. In the junior division, the first place winner will receive a $500 certificate of deposit and the second place winner will receive a $250 certificate of deposit.

A Novice Junior and Novice Senior Division will be offered for contestants new to the 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Public Speaking Contest. $100 cash will be awarded to the top speaker in both the Novice Junior and Novice Senior Divisions based on the points earned in the morning competition. Novice competitors will not advance to the championship round.

For more information on the SD 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Public Speaking Contest go to http://igrow.org/events/4-h-character-counts-public-speaking-contest-sioux-empire-fair/.

4-Hers may register on line at https://sd.4honline.com. The link for the Registration Help Sheet http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4008-2013.pdf

The contest is hosted by South Dakota 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS!, Sioux Empire CHARACTER COUNTS!, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce with generous sponsorship from First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard.

Registration for the contest will close July 19. The 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Public Speaking Contest held during the Sioux Empire Fair is open to 4-H members in the following South Dakota counties: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Buffalo, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Turner, Union, Walworth, and Yankton counties.

If you have any questions, please contact: Phil Olson, SD 4-H CHARACTER COUNTS! Regional Coordinator, at (605) 212-6175 or philip.olson@sdstate.edu.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a trademark 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.

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