CLAY COUNTY — Twelve Clay County 4-H members competed alongside 72 other youth from 34 counties at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on Sept. 29. Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension.

Speakers ages 8 through 18 competed in one of five categories: prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation.

“Much depends on the ability to communicate as we prepare youth for the future,” said Sarah Morefield, Clay County 4-H youth specialist. “This contest takes those communication skills learned right here in Clay County 4-H and develops them on a larger stage.”

While competition is exciting, it’s more of a means to an end, said Bradd Anderson, state 4-H youth specialist, who coordinates the event.

“Trophies can be great motivators,” said Anderson, “but it’s really about the skills they develop while striving to accomplish that goal.”

Results for Clay County participants are as follows:

• 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking Senior Division, Warren Barge;

• 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking Junior Division, Jackson Schnieders;

• 3rd Place Technology-Assisted Speaking Intermediate Division, Marissa Roberts; and • 1st Place Technology-Assisted Speaking Junior Division, JT Millar.

Dramatic Interpretation Intermediate Division winners are:

• Georgia Barge, first place; and

• Gracyn Frecks, second place.

Other participating speakers were: Sarah Crossett, Brandon Frecks, Hailey Frecks, Megan Riegel, Paige Roberts and Emmalyn Schnieders.

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