WAYNE — Several area 4-Hers received awards at the Northeast Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest on May 31 at Wayne State College (WSC) in Wayne.

Forty-three youth from 15 counties throughout the state competed in their respective age division in the 2019 Regional 4-H Speech competition. Additionally, 23 contestants from seven counties in the northeast district competed in their respective age division in the 2019 Regional 4-H Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition.

Contestants earn the opportunity to participate in regional competition by winning their age division at the county level. Contestants may compete in one or both categories. Contestants are awarded purple, blue or red awards in recognition of their accomplishments in speech or PSA. In addition, the top four individuals in each division received medals. 

The four winners of the senior division speech and PSA competition are given the opportunity to compete for awards at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest to be held in Grand Island during the Nebraska State Fair. All youth competing in state competition and staying for awards will receive special awards. The top two speech and PSA winners in State 4-H Public Speaking Contest receive scholarships.

Senior division contestants selected to advance to the 2019 state competition from the Northeast Regional Competition in the speech category include Andrew Koehlmoos of O’Neill and Luke Olson of Atkinson. .

Selected to advance to the senior  division 2019 state competition from the Northeast Regional Competition in the PSA  is Ashley Pischel of O’Neill.

Several Holt and Boyd County 4-Hers competed at the Northeast Regional 4-H Public Speaking. Results are as follows:

Junior Speech

Purple — Eisley Mlady and Felycia Kerkman, both of Atkinson, and Grace Finnegan of Spencer

Blue — Adam Bernt of Butte

Intermediate Speech

Purple — Teagan Butterfield, winner, and Hannah Olson, winner, both of Atkinson

Blue —Elizabeth Bernt of Butte

Senior Speech

Purple — Luke Olson of Atkinson and Andrew Koehlmoos of O’Neill

Junior PSA

Purple — Brooke Carey of Atkinson, winner

Intermediate PSA

Blue — Miya Carey of Atkinson, winner

Senior PSA

Purple — Ashley Pischel of O’Neill

Public speaking is a communication with many career possibilities. Present 4-H members and 4-H alumni have identified communication skills as some of the most important life skills gained through their 4-H experience.  The Nebraska State 4-H communication program is sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Radio Network, which includes KRVN, KNEB and KTIC.  The Northeast Regional contest is conducted by Nebraska Extension with support from WSC.

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