Public Speaking 3.19

Dawson County 4-H’ers earning recognition at the 2020 4-H Public Speaking Contest were (front, left to right) participants Wesley Thompson, Lexington; Elijah Graves, Cozad; Terrence Bliven, Lexington; Joel Soria, Kearney; Brooklyn Reiman, Cozad; Rebecca Burns, Cozad; Lorelai Rickertsen, Lexington; Paige Walahoski, Overton; and Maya Soria, Kearney; (back, left to right) Carson Reiman, Cozad; Emma Luther, Overton; Kylie Sellers, Lexington; Abbie Owens, Lexington; Gracie Schneider, Cozad; Lexi Johnson, Gothenburg; Parker Walahoski, Overton; Greta Rickertsen, Lexington; Addison Howerter, Cozad; Jaden Hunke, Lexington; Emma Howerter, Cozad; and Sophia Burns, Cozad.

Twenty-one Dawson County 4-H members participated in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest Monday, March 9, at the Dawson County Extension Office in Lexington, according to Andrea Nisley, UN-L Extension Educator.

A radio, courtesy of county sponsor KRVN, was presented to the high individual in each of the three speech divisions. All 4-H’ers received $10 for participating in the contest, courtesy of Dawson County Bankers. State sponsor, Radio Station KRVN, provided county ribbons for all contestants.

Radio winners in the speech competition were Paige Walahoski, junior division; Sophia Burns, intermediate division; and Abbie Owens, senior division. Two $10 bills courtesy of the Dawson County 4-H Foundation were presented to Emma Luther and Carson Reiman for being high individuals in the PSA Category.

Representing Dawson County at State Public Speaking Contest in June will be Sophia Burns, Jaden Hunke, Lexi Johnson, Carson Reiman and Greta Rickertsen in the intermediate division; Abbie Owens and Gracie Schneider in the senior division; Sophia Burns, Jaden Hunke, and Carson Reiman in the intermediate PSA division; and Emma Luther in the senior PSA category.

Purple ribbon winners in the junior division were Terrence Bliven (L) “Rocket Tree”; Rebecca Burns (C) “It’s About Time”; Brooklyn Reiman (C) “The Fancy Flood”; Lorelai Rickertsen (L) “Sewing, Modeling and …Leading Sheep?”; Wesley Thompson (L) “Home on the Range”; and Paige Walahoski (O) “Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust”.

Blue ribbon winners in the junior division were Elijah Graves (C) “Houston, We Have a Problem”; Joel Soria (K) “Why I Joined 4-H”; and Maya Soria (K) “Fear No More”.

Purple ribbon winners in the intermediate division were Sophia Burns (C) “4-H’er Down”; Jaden Hunke (L) “My Shadow”; Lexi Johnson (G) “#Crowns and Cattle”; Carson Reiman (C) “Excursions & Opportunities in 4-H”; and Greta Rickertsen (L) “This Little Piggy Went to Fair”.

Blue ribbon winners in the intermediate division were Addison Howerter (C) “Serving My Community Through 4-H!”; Emma Howerter (C) “How 4-H Has Helped Me Grow!”; and Parker Walahoski (O) “Why Export?”.

Purple ribbon winners in the senior division were Abbie Owens (L) “4 H’s Equal 1 Why”; and Gracie Schneider (C) “Growing Leaders for Tomorrow”.

Blue ribbon winner in the senior division was Kylie Sellers (L) “Friendships and 4-H”.

Purple ribbon winner in the PSA junior division was Brooklyn Reiman (C) “Join the Fun”.

Purple ribbon winners in the PSA intermediate division were Sophia Burns (C) “I Am Inspired”; Jaden Hunke (L) “4-H Inspires Kids to Do”; and Carson Reiman (C) “Grow With 4-H”.

Purple ribbon winner in the PSA senior division was Emma Luther (O) “Nebraska Traditions”.

Judges for the 4-H Public Speaking Contest were Sandy Stockall, Miranda Stoll, Dave Schroeder and Bob Brogan.