Winners Named at Final Level of Competition for Area Junior and Intermediate 4-H Members
MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – 4-H members challenged the judges with their high-quality communication skills on March 19. The Calgary 4-H Region held three public speaking contests and three presentation contests at the Strathmore Civic Centre.
Regional competitions are the fourth level of competition for these 4-H members. This is the final level of competition for junior and intermediate members, but the top two senior members continued to provincial 4-H competitions in Lacombe on April 9th. We are very grateful to all the judges who came to judge and the volunteers who came to do a lot of work during the day. Senior 4-H members have done an excellent job as emcees for competitions.
The Calgary 4-H region includes five districts as far west as the Alberta-British Columbia border, as far east as Kneehill County, as far north as Innisfail and as far south than Cayley. Each district sends its top two competitors in each age category and competitive event. Juniors are 9 to 11 years old. The intermediates are between 12 and 14 years old and the seniors between 15 and 20 years old. There were 51 4-H members competing, entertaining and educating everyone throughout the day this year!
In the public speaking contest, the winner of first place for juniors was Joel Mason of the Longview 4-H Beef Club and second place was OM of Millarville Mutt, Mustangs & Multi Club, both in the Foothills District. Third was Sadie Winters of the Sundre 4-H Club in the Mountain View District.
First place in the intermediate public speaking competition was Claire Mossing and second place was Eva Gustafson, both of the Legendary Flatlands 4-H Club in the Foothills District. Third place was Katie Harder of the Crowfoot 4-H Multi Club in the Wheatland District.
The seasoned members of 4-H Speakers educated us on many topics and were excellent speakers. The first place winner was Davis Gottenbos of the West Carstairs 4-H Club and the second place winner was Declan Jones of the Bergen 4-H Club, both located in the Mountain View District. Third place winner was Braden Isley of the Bow Valley Beef & Multi Club in the Rocky View District.
Presentations took place in the afternoon. Some presentations were given by a 4-H member and others by a team of 4-H presenters. The first junior presenter was Abigail Dowler and the runner-up winner was Kieren Rennie, both from the Prairie Winds Club in the Rocky View district. Jaxon Coombs of the Bergen 4-H Club in the Mountain View District took third place.
The intermediate winner of the first place presentation was Caleb Donner of the Prairie Winds 4-H Club in the Rocky View District. Griffin Keitel of the Cremona 4-H Club in the Mountain View District took second place. Third place was the team of Lauren Kornelson and Ashley Janousek from the Millarville Mutts, Mustangs & Multi Club in the Foothills District.
First place in the senior presentation was Isabella Parsons of the Kneehill 4-H Multi Club in the Kneehill District. Second place was the team of Thomas and Mathias Schmidt-Bellach from the Foothills 4-H Sheep & Multi Club in the Foothills District. The third place winner was Dustin Christensen of the Prairie Winds 4-H Club in the Rocky View District.
A very special acknowledgment to AltaLink and the Calgary Regional 4-H Council for recognizing the importance of the quality communication skills that 4-H members learn through 4-H and these events. Recognize that confident, quality communication skills will be a very important asset to all 4-H members and society, now and in the future.