County 4-H Public Speaking Held

February 10, 2014
April Martin
Lily Martin
Ian Chandler
Participants in the DeKalb County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

What is your greatest fear? Some would say snakes, others would say heights, and still others say flying in a plane. You will be surprised to hear that man’s greatest fear is public speaking. For DeKalb County 4-H members, however, public speaking is a life skill which they have honed into poise, charisma, confidence, and a desire to achieve.

The DeKalb County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held recently. According to Extension Agent April Martin, “The public speaking contest is one of the 4-H Club’s most important activities. Speaking before an audience is something that we all have to do at some point in our lives. 4-H is one of the first places that young people learn this skill. Public Speaking teaches 4-Hers writing, organizational, and speaking skills as well as equips them with confidence and a sense of accomplishment.”

Participants in the 4th grade included: Brandon Sobotka, Selena Cardin, Ian Chandler (1st place winner), Lindsey Hutchins (3rd place winner), Alexis Skinner, and Katie Colwell (3rd place winner).

Participants in the 5th grade included: Lily Martin (1st place), Skylor Young (2nd Place), and Will Pursell (3rd place).

Katlin Hutchins placed first in the 7th grade division.

Lydia Trail placed first in the 11th grade division.

Lily Martin, Ian Chandler, and Lydia Trail advanced to the Regional competition held at Tennessee Technological University. Lily received participation, Ian received 4th place, and Lydia received participation.

The University of Tennessee Extension offers all its programs to all eligible persons. More information about Extension programs can be found at

Captions for Photos

Lily Martin, a 5th grader at Dekalb West School represented DeKalb County at the Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest recently (photo by April Martin)

Ian Chandler, a 4th grader at Northside Elementary School, placed 4th in the sub-regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest recently (photo by Beth Chandler).

Participants in the DeKalb County 4-H Public Speaking Contest were front row: (left to right): Brandon Sabotka, Selena Cardin, Alexis Skinner, Lindsey Hutchins, Skylor Young, & Lily Martin (photo by April Martin)

Back row: (left to right): Will Pursell, Ian Chandler, Katlin Hutchins, Lydia Trail, & Katie Colwell (photo by April Martin)

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