4-H public speaking contest winners fourth grade pictured (l-r): Maddie Willis (first place), Avery King (second place), and Jonathan Banks (third place).4-H public speaking contest winners fifth grade pictured (l-r): Marissa Mills (first place), MaShante Brown (second place), and Campbell Emerson (third place). Photo by Gary Rodgers4-H public speaking contest winners sixth grade pictured (l-r): Ella Willis (first place), Alexis Williams (second place), and Peyton Keller (third place). Photo by Gary Rodgers4-H public speaking contest winners seventh grade pictured (l-r): Gracie Swift (first place), Lily Reid (second place), and Reese Mayfield (third place).4-5 public speaking contest winners eighth grade pictured (l-r): Maddie Piefer (first place), Josie Ingle (second place), and Lauren Baldwin (third place).

4-H Club holds public speaking contest

The Hardeman County 4-H Club held their annual public speaking contest during the last two weeks, with the fifth and sixth grade contests being held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Dixie Hills Baptist Church, while the fourth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade contests were held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, also at Dixie Hills Baptist Church.
Trophies were awarded to the top three speeches in each grade, and the first place winner in each grade will advance to the 4-H Sub-regional public speaking contest on Thursday, March 31 in Brownsville.
There were a total of 20 fourth graders in this year’s contest. First Place went to Maddie Willis from Middleton Elementary School (MES) who spoke about her mother. Second place went to Avery King from Hornsby Elementary School (HES) who spoke about his papaw, Aubrey King. Third place went to Jonathan Banks, from Toone Elementary School (TES), who spoke about his dog Buddy.
There were a total of 20 fifth graders in this year’s contest. First place went to Marissa Mills from MES, who spoke about cancer. Mills was the third place winner in last year’s fourth grade contest. Second place went to MaShante Brown of Bolivar Elementary School (BES), who spoke about her friend. Third place went to Campbell Emerson of HES, who spoke about his hero, Jesus. Emerson was also third place winner in last year’s fourth grade contest.

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