Local 4-Hers show their stuff, or rather, they speak it


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Following the contest, 4-H'ers were presented ribbons for their performance in the speech contest, with those receiving purple ribbons advancing to the district contest on April 23. Pictured front row from left are: Luke Berger, Kimball, clover kid participation ribbon; Rachel Berger, Kimball, blue, junior speech; Deanna Horst, Potter, purple, junior speech; Manu Eledath, Sidney, blue, junior PSA; Karter Wittrock, Potter, blue, intermediate, PSA; Chloe Berger, Kimball, blue, intermediate speech; Felicity Beyer, Sidney, purple, intermediate speech; Hannah Stahl, Potter, purple, senior speech; Arya Eledath, Sidney, blue, intermediate speech; and Haddie Grubbs, Harrisburg, purple, intermediate speech.

Area 4-H students tackled a different kind of showmanship Thursday evening as they participated in the 2016 4-H South Panhandle Speech Contest held at the Cheyenne County Community Center in Sidney.

"The 4-H speech contest builds confidence, it teaches them to organize their thoughts and it takes a lot of courage to get up in front of an audience," Cheyenne County UNL Extension Educator Cynthia Gill said.

The contest covered 4-H'ers from clubs in Cheyenne, Kimball, and Banner counties.

Eight students performed their speech, more than half of them first timers to the contest, before an audie...

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