|Kiara McKinney 1st place winner, Cassidy Trepageier 2nd place winner, and Jade Gibson 3rd place winner|
Baton Rouge, La. – The Orleans Parish 4-H youth program held its first local public speaking contest on Saturday February 27th. The public speaking contest is held locally to prepare youth to compete in the Statewide Public Speaking Contest at Southern University’s Youth Expo in Baton Rouge. All youth contestants were judged on General Appearance, Voice Control, Organization of Content and Overall Quality of Speech. The Public Speaking Topic was: “My 4-H experience: What 4-H means to me”. Youth were also asked to come dressed in Professional Attire. The Public Speaking Judging panelist included Mrs. Butler, Ms. Miller and Mrs. Gordon. Mrs. Butler has 21 years of experience in education and has 7 years of experience as a motivational speaker. Ms. Miller is a junior leader and has been a 4-H member for 4 years. Mrs. Gordon is the owner of Missy Radio station and a 4-H Youth Development Agent for Southern University’s Ag Center. She also has 17 years of experience working in youth development. Overall, youth enjoyed the public speaking contest and when asked, contestants all felt confident that they would be ready to compete in the Statewide Public Speaking Competitions.