4-H Presentation Winners – Catawba County 4-H’ers recently attended and competed in presentations at 4-H District Activity Day held in Cabarrus County. Over 200 youth from the South Central Extension district competed in presentations, science fair, public speaking, outdoor cookery, and talent during the day. Gold presentation winners will compete in the state presentation contest in July at North Carolina State University and were awarded partial scholarships to attend NC 4-H Congress.
District gold presentation winners were: Lauran Surratt, Artistic Arrangement; Angela Mason, Egg Cookery; Kat Stulpin, Environmental Science; Joanna Kanupp, Poultry; and Will Johnson, Science and Technology. Bronze winners were: Jarrett Mull, Beef Char-grill; Jessica Speckman, Health and Fitness; Lauren Williams, Public Speaking; and Josh Wilson, Science. Cloverbud participants were Luke Kanupp who gave a presentation on rockets and Sarah Wilson, who presented on Pet Therapy.
According to Donna Mull, Catawba County 4-H Agent, presentations are a traditional part of 4-H. While the topics have changed throughout the years, 4-H’ers have been participating in presentations for more than 50 years. Presentations are unique to 4-H and involve youth researching a topic of choice and then presenting a 5-12 minute planned presentation with visuals. A 4-H Science Fair was a new addition for District Activity Day started in 2014.
For more information about 4-H opportunities or to learn more about starting a 4-H club in your community or school, contact Cooperative Extension at 465-8240.
Picture: Lauran Surratt (left) prepared for her 4-H presentation on Artistic Arrangement with Der Xiong (right) lending a helping hand. Surratt was a district 4-H presentation winner and attended a 4-H Summer Fun class led by Xiong, which sparked her interest in floral design. Xiong has served as Lauran’s presentation coach to help prepare for this year’s 4-H contest. Xiong works as the Immigrant Agriculture Agent on staff with Catawba County Cooperative Extension. Surratt is the teen leader of the Brown Penn 4-H Club and a student at Grandview Middle School.