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January 28, 2022
By: Mykaela Young, DeKalb 4-H Agent

“If I went back to university, I would focus on two areas: learning to write and speak in front of an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. -Gerald R. Ford.

A group of 4-H students in grades 4 through 12 competed in the DeKalb County 4-H Public Speaking Contest on January 11 and one of them, grade 11 student Jacklyn Kleparek, will participate at the Central Region Public Speaking Competition on February 5. at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

The county contest is open to all students in grades 7-12, and students in grades 4-6 hold individual classroom contests to win a spot in the county contest.

Students who won 1st or 2nd in their age group in the county competition were eligible to enter the regional competition held on Monday, January 24 in Putnam County. Jacklyn Kleparek placed in the top 5 in the Grade 11 division, which made her eligible to participate in the Central Region Public Speaking Competition to be held on February 5 at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

“We are extremely proud of our students for all their accomplishments because they do what most adults fear: public speaking! They worked hard and overcame obstacles to be able to speak in front of a crowd. We look forward to the things they will accomplish in the future,” said DeKalb 4-H agent Mykaela Young.

Pictured: (4th year) back row: Natali Johnson, Riley Scarbro, Haydin Stacy, Chaelyn Hollingsworth, Austin O’Connor, Elyza Collier, Travis Childers. Front row: Kara Kelso, Emily Roberts (1st place), Grady Thomason (2nd place), Bentley Martin (3rd place), Aiden Cook

(5th grade) back row: Balei Benson, Kenna Sykes, Ella Kirksey, Hannah Tobitt. Front row: Adam Brown, Payne Bryant (2nd place), Cora Cox (1st place), Emmaline Hendrix (3rd place) not pictured: Kinli Fish

(Grades 6-12): Bella Franz (1st place Grade 7), Chaylea Lunsford (2nd place Grade 8), Jacklyn Kleparek (1st place Grade 11), Cali Agee (1st place Grade 8), Triniti Kelsor ( 1st place in 6th)

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