Thursday, June 23 2022

Three Marshall-Putnam 4-H members competed in the Illinois 4-H State Public Speaking Contest on Saturday, April 30 at 2400 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaigne. The three 4-H members competed in two divisions of the contest.

Contest participants develop skills to communicate real-life issues to a live audience and receive professional and peer feedback.

Entrants between the ages of 8 and 18 are eligible to enter the competition and learn skills to learn how to organize and prepare a speech, how to present in front of an audience and develop speaking skills.

Marshall-Putnam 4-Hers Cadence Breckenridge of the Lostant Leaders and Daphne Heeley of the PC Progressors participated in the formal speech division.

In the Formal Speech Division, participants share their perspective on a topic of their choice with a speech intended to motivate, persuade, or inform an audience. Marshall-Putnam 4-Her Hayden Meachum of the Saratoga Leadaways participated in the original works division. In the Original Works Division, submissions made by participants must be published works, manuscripts or transcriptions.

Public speaking is a key part of the 4-H experience. Throughout the year, 4-H members give talks and demonstrations at community club meetings and share information about skills they have learned in a project while receiving feedback in a supportive environment.

Every 4-H member is also encouraged to make at least one formal presentation at a club meeting each year.

The University of Illinois Extension provides hands-on training you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build better futures. The University of Illinois extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. To learn more about the University of Illinois Extension, visit

To learn more about opportunities for growth in public speaking in Marshall and Putnam counties, email or call 309-364-2356.

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