Audience appeal earns 4-H-ers awards at Iowa State Fair
Washington County 4-H-ers earned recognition recently as communicators at the Iowa State Fair.
The 4-H’ers compete in three categories of oral communication — educational presentations, working exhibits, and extemporaneous speaking. In educational presentations, 4-H’ers teach their audience about a topic they selected and researched.
“Almost any time fairgoers come into the 4-H Exhibits Building they can learn from a 4-H’er participating in a communications activity,” said Mitchell Hoyer, program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Exhibits Building Superintendent. “Effective communication means appealing to the interests of your audience.”
Washington County 4-H’ers giving education presentations follow in order of name, type and date of presentation, topic, and placing.
Katie Palmer, EP, Aug. 14, Up Hill Both Ways, Excellence; Nate Lamansky, EP, Aug. 15, Battle of Gettysburg, Merit; Megan Miller, EP, Aug. 9, Growing Giant Pumpkins, Merit; Hannah Van Roekel, EP, Aug. 9, 1,000 Miles & Counting, Excellence; Amanda Pfeifer, EP, Aug. 9, Can You Can It, Excellence; Shaelynn Becker, EP, Aug. 8, Durocs, Merit
In working exhibits, the 4-H’ers invite passers-by to try a skill they demonstrate. The working exhibit category is a form of speech while demonstrating to the audience a skill, and then they also participate in that activity. It’s very hands-on and enjoyable for audience members.
“Many work situations require the ability to demonstrate a skill while instructing others who are learning the skill,” Hoyer said. “4-H’ers frequently practice this skill as they present information at club meetings and county fairs.”
Washington County 4-H’ers with working exhibits follow in order of name(s), type and date of presentation, topic, and placing.
Shari Temple, Holly Vittetoe, WE, Aug. 9, Barnyard Bites, Excellence; Hannah Van Roekel, Katie Palmer, WE, Aug. 10, Do EWE Know Sheep? Excellence; Isabel Bailey, WE, Aug. 10, How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers, Excellence; Shelly Palmer, Lindsey Palmer, WE, Aug. 10, Eggstra Special Flowers, Merit
In extemporaneous speaking, the 4-H’ers prepare a speech in 30 minutes and deliver it to an audience.
“Throughout their working lives, 4-H’ers will find that most workplace speaking situations call for extemporaneous delivery skills,” Hoyer said. “In 4-H, youth prepare for typical face-to-face contact in which the speaker and listeners are simultaneously sending, interpreting, generating and receiving messages.”
Washington County 4-H’ers participating in extemporaneous speaking follow in order of name, type and date of presentation, topic, and placing.
Maddie Hora, Aug. 18, Unknown, Merit; Kaitlin Hora, Aug. 18, Unknown, Excellence