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Kansas 4-H Communications

Kansas 4-H members have been learning communication skills and building confidence for more than 100 years. Through engagement in 4-H, youth learn

  • to interpret verbal and nonverbal information
  • develop effective public speaking skills
  • enhance written and spoken communication
  • defend a point
  • design a presentation
  • prepare for future careers and much more! 

Kansas 4-H has many helpful resources to assist you with developing communication skills. Visit the                                                              Kansas 4-H Communications Project webpage for resources. Learn more about common 4-H presentations in the Kansas 4-H Presentation Overview.             

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2022 County 4-H Day Information

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4-H Day ― 2022 Virtual Experience

4-H Day is an opportunity for Atchison 4-H members to showcase and further develop communication skills. It’s an opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to clearly organize and present ideas and instructions through a variety of communication and presentation strategies.

Registration deadline is February 15, 2022.Register online If you cannot register online, call your local Atchison County Extension Office and we will complete your online registration on your behalf during a phone conversation. This year we ask  that all entiries be pre-entered to allow for event scheduling. Because there are  multiple options to participate this year, please read below details regarding submission deadlines.

  • Recorded Entry submission deadline is February 28, 2022.  Late submissions will be lowered one ribbon placing during judging and may not be able to be judged. If you need assistance recording please contact the office.            
  • In-Person will be March 5 as scheduled 4-Her will present/perform in-person. Agents will record and order verbal feedback at time of presentation. Scheduling of presentation times and locations will be detremined after registeration. 
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PARTICIPATION

In 2022, County 4-H Day will offer 2 particpation venues:

  • In-person, judged with ribbon placing and judges comments. 
  • Pre-recorded 

We will look forward to future opportunities to have communications entries later with fewer restrictions.

Participants, volunteers and spectators are expected to follow the Kansas 4-H Code of Conduct. This includes behavior, presentation content, visuals, etc. Atchison 4-H Day is a county-level experience. Participants must be actively enrolled  through 4-H Online to participate.

AGE DIVISIONS

4-H Day age divisions are determined before January 1 of the current   4-H year.

Cloverbud Division*  5–6 years old *Cloverbud members can experience 4-H Day on a participation basis only in the FYI catergory. Junior Division  7–13 years old
Senior Division  14 years and older

AWARDS
Each 4-H member in the Junior and Senior Divisions will be judged based on the contest area’s expectations as stated on the scoresheet (event  standard). Written feedback will be provided to each youth along with a white, red, or blue ribbon ranking. In each presentation area, two Top Blue awards will be selected from the blues, if the judge determines there is an entry deserving of the award. Top blues  are eligible  to  participate in Regional 4-H Day events. Alternates will be selected.In eligible contest areas and age divisions, youth earning a blue at 4-H Day are able to participate at the Kansas State Fair.  In addition to the above 4-H Council awards 2 $50 event  scholarships to the the top blues in the following areas:  Projet Talks, Junior and Senior  Demonstrations/Illustrated talks and Public Speaking.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
Contact the Atchison County Office Call  913-833-5450                        E-mail atchisoncoext@ksu.edu.                              

 

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4-H Day Contest Areas

Failure to meet the expectations outlined for each contest area will impact judging scores. Information has been edited to reflect expectations for the 2022 virtual 4-H Day.

FYI (For Your Information)-This show-n-share introuduces members to public speaking. There are no time limitations; suggested 1-2 minutes.Youth show an item and  talk about it in front of the judge. Participation certificates awarded to all. Open to Cloverbuds and 4-Hers ages 7  to 9.  

Project Talk – Review the Kansas 4-H Project Talk fact sheet to learn about this contest area and to gain valuable tips. One entry allowed, Time guideline 1-3 minutes; Junior and Intermediate Divisions, Time guideline 3-7 minutes; No Senior Division.

Illustrated Talk – Review the Kansas 4-H Illustrated Talks fact sheet to learn about this contest area and to gain valuable tips. You may also find the Kansas 4-H Demonstration or Illustrated Talk Outline Planning Form helpful. No Cloverbud Division; Junior and Intermediate Divisions, Time guideline 4-10 minutes; Senior Division, Time guideline 6-15 minutes.

Demonstration – Review the Kansas 4-H Demonstrations fact sheet to learn about this contest area and to gain valuable tips. You may also find the Kansas 4-H Demonstration or Illustrated Talk Outline Planning Form helpful. No Cloverbud Division; Junior and Intermediate Divisions, Time guideline 4-10 minutes; Senior Division, Time guideline 6-15 minutes.

Demonstration or Illustrated Talk Group – Visit the Kansas 4-H Communications Project webpage for resources. Two to four  4-H members in a group, with each member having an equal amount of speaking and demonstration/illustration roles. No Cloverbud participants; No age division separation, Time guideline 15 minute maximum. 

Public Speaking – Review the Kansas 4-H Public Speaking fact sheet to learn about this contest area and to gain valuable tips.  Senior Division, Time guideline 5-15 minutes.

Impromptu Speaking – Each participant will draw from the topics: Promote 4-H, Personal Interest, Current Event, Entertainment Review. After drawing, the participant will have 10 minutes to compose a talk about the specific topic. No online or print research allowed during preparation time. Participant will be provided with a writing utensil, note paper and index card. When time expires, the participant will present their talk to a judge. Drawn prop  allowed as  a No visual aid. Visit the Kansas 4-H Communications Project webpage for resources.      Junior DivisionSenior Division One entry allowed, Time guideline 2-5 minutes. Entries in this contest area must be completed by an appointment with Extension Office for 2022 County 4-H Day.

 

4-H Promotion – Entries will be a short, commercial-style recorded Powerpoint, video, cartoon or audio presentation which promotes           4-H. Topics may be about joining 4-H, promoting the club experience, sharing a 4-H success story, exploring a project/experience available through 4-H, etc. Powerpoints and videos are to be designed for use on television, a website or a social media platform. Video presentations should be recorded to suit the desired platform of use. Audio presentations are to be designed for use on radio or as a voice-over on a video or slideshow. Audio presentations can be recorded as only audio or as a video with the youth in or outside of the frame. Refer to the Nebraska 4-H Public Service Announcement resource for tips. Cloverbud Division, Time guideline 30 second maximum; 4-H Division, Time guideline 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
MUSIC CONTEST AREAS                                                                      Unless otherwise stated, one entry is allowed per participant in each contest area. All instruments and necessary props must be provided by the participant for music contest areas. Accompanist for vocal entries can be an adult. All musical entries will begin with a 1 minute minimum verbal introduction and not to exceed 2 minutes. It might include introduction of self, name of your musical number, an interesting fact about composer, your instrument, etc. A copy of the music number to be performed is to be submitted to the judge with measures numbered.

 

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Chorus – Twelve or more 4-H members in group, No age division separation. Perform 2 numbers.  

Vocal Ensemble – 2 to 11 4-H members in group, No age division separation. Perform 2 numbers.  

Vocal Solo – Perform 1 number. Time guideline 3-5 minutes based on experience/skill level. Particpants may be miked.

Band – Twelve or more 4-H members in group, No age division separation.  Perform 2 numbers.

Instrumental Ensemble – Two to 11 4-H members in group, No age division separation. Perform 2 numbers. 

Instrumental Solo –  Perform 1 number.  Number time guideline 30 seconds-5 minutes based on experience/skill level. Two entry maximum per participant so long as instrument used is different.

Piano Solo –  Perform 1 number. Number time guideline 30 seconds-5 minutes based on experience/skill level. 

DANCE CONTEST AREAS

Unless otherwise stated, one entry is allowed per participant in each contest area. Participants are responsible for providing their own music and radio. No live music allowed. No speaker system available but participate may provide.  Internet may  not be  available. All dance entries must begin with a 1 minute minimum verbal introduction and not to exceed 2 minutes. It might include introduction to self, description of dance style, interesting fact about dance, etc.

Dance Solo – Perform 1 number, Time guideline 5 minute maximum. 

Dance Group – Two or more 4-H members in group. No age division separation. Perform 1 number, Time guideline 5 minute maximum.  

Other Creative Movement– Individual or group of any size, No age division separation.  Perform 1 number, Time guideline 5 minute maximum.

DRAMATICS CONTEST AREAS

Unless otherwise stated, one entry is allowed per participant in each contest area. Participants are responsible for providing their own props. No speaker system available. Internet may not be available, plan accordingly.

Reading– May be a musical, poetry, dramatic, interpretive, humorous, or other type of reading. No visual props allowed; however, the participant is to present with the book/binder of reading in-hand. Presentations should begin with a short 15-45 second introduction (in addition to reading time) describing reading title, author and why reading was selected. Time guidelines Junior Division 5 minutes maximum; Senior Division 7 minutes maximum.

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Creative Dramatic or Skit – Original creations or properly secured royalty dramatics/skits/play may be used. No dramatic/skit/play is barred because of previous year use at a 4-H Day. Individual or group of any size, No age division separation.  Time guideline 15 minute maximum. 

Other Novelty Talent – Individual or group of any size, No age division separation. Time guideline 5 minute maximum.

PARLIAMENTARY KNOWLEDGE 

Model Meeting - Secretary will turn in up-to-date secretary's notebok and  model meeting notes. A parliamenaary problem will be provided 10 minutes  prior to the meeting to incorporate in the meeting. Recreation should be  included in 35 minute limit. Roll call excluded in time allowance.

Gavel Games - Teams of four 4-H’ers acting as officers, plus one at-large member may participate.  4-H AGE Divisions: Juniors: Age 7-13 Seniors: Age 14-18  (oldest member establishes age of team - example: four-12 year olds & one 14 = senior team) The time limit for the oral presentation is 30 minutes including planning time. A maximum of 5 minutes of the
presentation time may be used for team members to plan their presentation after drawing for a topic. Failure to follow time limit and/or utilizing topic will lower ribbon placing. Teams will draw for a topic and base their presentations and motions around that topic.  Senior Teams will draw for ALL offices, Junior Teams will have a President assigned and draw for other offices.  Refer to for  helpful tips.

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County Day Results--March 5, 2022

Project Talk

 Paul Turner Reichart (SH)
Red
Oden Hanes (SH)Blue - alt
Elias Neill (LL)Blue -alt 
Kenneth Stevens (SH)Top Blue
Zach Falk (LL)Top Blue
FYI 

Luke Mackan (Cloverbud)

 

Holden Thompson (SH)

 

Junior Demonstration

Ashton Neill ( LL)Top Blue
August Neill (LL)Top Blue
Serenity Gagnon (AS) Blue
Lillyann Mackan (AS) Blue
Carter Fultz (AS)Blue 2nd alt
Tennisyn Reichart (SH)Red
Aaron Fassnacht (LL)Red
Cody Fassnacht (LL)Red
Taylor Fassnacht (LL)Blue
Odin Hanes (SH)Blue
Ash Snyder (SH)Blue 1st alt
Ryan Neill (LL)Blue

Instrumental Solo

Mason WeaverTop Blue
Serenity Gagnon (AS)Red
  
  
  

Instrumental Ensemble

Gagnon-MackanBlue
Atchison Shamrocks ClubRed

Piano

Elias Neill (LL)Red
Taylor Fassnacht (LL)Red
Ashton Neill (LL)Red
August Neill (LL)Top Blue

Vocal Solo

Lillyann Mackan (AS) Red
  

Reading

  
  

Skit

  

Public Speaking

Ashtyn Jolly (LL)Top Blue
  

Senior Illustrated Talk/Demo

Anna Falk (LL)Top Blue
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

 

2022 County 4-H Information

County 4-H Day

4-H Club Day is an event which gives participants have the opportunity to tell others about their 4-H projects and demonstrate their talents and abilities. Performance  in dance, music and drama support youth to  development  public  presentation skills. Participation in County 4-H Day provides youth with feedback regarding their public speaking skill development. Judges provide  tips to encourage personal skill growth. Presentations such as talks, demonstrations, speeches, skits, music and dance  are judged and awarded ribbons. Ribbons are awarded based  on a judging standard (score card) rather than comparing presentations.  

The public is invited to come, watch and learn more about our 4-H/Youth Development Program. Check out these information links about presentations & demonstrations to help you prepare for County 4-H Day.

Check out this writing guide​. 4-H’ers who participate in Public Speaking can expect to:

  • Develop skills for communicating about real issues to real audiences.
  • Learn how to organize and prepare a speech.
  • Develop speech delivery skills.
  • Learn how to present themselves to others.
  • Develop self confidence

It's Showtime! How to Demonstrate the 4-H Way

Delaware 4-H Demonstration Contest

Effective Presentation Tips

Preparing and Using Visual Aids

Speech – The Hamburger Method

Speaking Tips (YouTube)

Four More Speaking Tips (YouTube)

Foods Demonstration Guide

Ideas for Presentation Topics