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Taylor County youth recognized at awards dinner for State 4-H Communications Day

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By The Staff

Lindsay Cissell, Beth Cook, Andrew Massengale, Kensi Moore and Jordyn Southern represented Taylor County at the State 4-H Communications Day and were recognized for their efforts at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet with a plaque.

The daylong state competition, which took place on the University of Kentucky campus, showcased the communications expertise of 4-H Youth Development member in 51 different categories. Youth ages nine through 18 are eligible to compete in the event.

Moore received a blue ribbon in the state 9-year old talk meet division. Cissell earned second place in the state 13-year old talk meet category.

Southern and Moore were selected as State Junior Team Demonstration champions and received a savings bond. They competed against several other teams to receive this honor, demonstrating "How to Make and Sell Lemonade."

Cook and Massengale also presented a demonstration and both received blue ribbons for their efforts.

Just to make it to a state level event is wonderful but to receive a blue ribbon or champion honors is really something to be proud of. Join me in congratulating all of these 4-H'ers.

4-H helps students master communications skills, become more independent, gain a sense of belonging and generously share this expertise.

Youth develop organizational skills by learning the logical way to prepare a speech or present information through a demonstration. Competitive events give youth the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive positive, constructive suggestions to improve.

They become more independent because they must stand up and give a speech or demonstration on their own. These experiences help youth overcome the fear of speaking publicly. Members know that success is due to their efforts and presentation skills.

Being able to comfortably speak in front of a large group or only a few individuals gives people a sense of belonging and the opportunity to bond with other youth and adults. It also opens many doors to personal friendships and professional advancement.

When youth master skills, gain independence and develop a sense of belonging, it's commonplace to want to share these, whether initiating and leading a service project in the community or helping other youth in various ways. This generosity is an innate part of all aspects of our 4-H Youth Development program.

A broad range of communications expertise is a vital skill for today's youth and tomorrow's adults. 4-H Youth Development helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others whether one-on-one in a job interview or a keynote address in a banquet hall.

Orientation for Shooting Sports and Livestock Judging this week

A 4-H Shooting Sports Awareness meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Parents should attend with their child to learn more about the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Youth interested in participating in Livestock Judging need to attend an orientation meeting on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Taylor County Extension Office. Light refreshments will be served.

Information regarding upcoming Livestock Judging events will be available at the meeting. If you have any questions on either program, call the Taylor County Extension Office at 465-4511.

Upcoming 4-H Events:

- January 21 - Country Ham Project, 11 a.m. at Penn Hams

- January 21 - Horse Club Meeting, 6 p.m.

- January 24 - Shooting Sports Awareness meeting, 7 p.m.

- January 25 - Livestock Judging Orientation, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

All events will take place at the Taylor County Extension Office located at 1143 South Columbia Ave. unless otherwise noted. Call 465-4511 for more information about any of these events.