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Wirt County 4-H Presentation Contest

Age Requirements & Eligibility

Visual, Digital, and Public Speaking Contest -  Any current 4-H youth (age 8 as of October 1, 2018, up to Last Day as a 21-year-old) may enter regardless of his/her project enrollment. No project requirements. The exhibitor must be a 4-H participant during the year the presentation is submitted.

4-H Pledge Showcase - Cloverbud members (age 5 as of October 1, 2018, up to age 8 as of September 30, 2018) may only participate in the 4-H Pledge Showcase. Cloverbud participants will be awarded a participation ribbon and will not be assigned a score.

Registration Information

To ensure we have the proper number of judges, each individual and team must register by March 8, 2019. To register you can do one of the following:

  1. Online Registration
  2. Register Online Now 
  3. Mail in the form attached to the back the packet you received at your club meeting in February to P.O. Box 700, Elizabeth, WV 26143.  
  4. Call the Wirt County Extension Office at 304-275-3101 and register.  
Late registrations will only be accepted if space is available.

4-H Pledge Showcase - Cloverbuds Only

All Wirt County 4-H Cloverbud members are eligible to enter this contest. This contest is not open to traditional 4-H members. In this contest, Cloverbud members should memorize and recite the 4-H pledge, including the hand motions.

Cloverbud members are not eligible to compete, therefore only participation ribbons will be awarded to participants.


2020 Expo Rules

Objective

  • The objective of the State 4-H Presentation Expo is to provide 4-H members with an opportunity to communicate creatively and showcase their development of skills that are essential to communicating productively in society, while nurturing the spark inside that drives them to share information and stories in meaningful ways.

Presentation Contest Types

  1. Visual Presentation - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants

  2. PowerPoint/Digital Presentation  - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants

  3. Public Speaking - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants

Eligibility

  • Any current 4-H youth (age 8 as by 10/01/19 up to Last Day as a 21-year-old) may enter regardless of his/her project enrollment.  There are no project requirements to participate in this contest.  However, the exhibitor must be a 4-H participant during the year the presentation is submitted.

  • Age Divisions:

    (NOTE: Age divisions are the same across contests.)

    1. Junior: 4-H members age 8-10 by October 1, 2019
    2. Intermediate: 4-H members age 11-13 by October 1, 2019
    3. Senior: 4-H members age 14 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as a 21-year-old

Categories

Presentations given by participants can be of any subject of interest to them. Historically, traditional 4-H members would consider doing a presentation related to their 4-H project work, this is not a requirement. (NOTE: Public Speaking topics will not be categorized.) Visual Presentations and PowerPoint/digital presentations should be classified in one of these categories:

  1. Horse
  2. Large Animal (includes the following types: beef, dairy, sheep, goats, etc.)
  3. Small Animal (includes the following types: cats, dogs, poultry, small pets, etc.)
  4. Veterinary Science
  5. Plant Science & Horticulture (includes gardening, cultivated agricultural and horticultural plants and crops)
  6. Mechanical Science and Technology (includes the following types: bicycle, tractors, robotics, computers, small engines, etc.)
  7. Natural Resources and Environment (includes the following types: wild flowers, wild birds, forestry, recycling, entomology, etc.)
  8. Leadership and Citizenship (includes personal development, leadership, community development, etc.)
  9. Leisure and Recreation (includes the following types: hiking, recreation, games, sports, etc.)
  10. Communication and Expressive Arts (includes the following types: theater arts, creative arts, crafts, photography, music, etc.)
  11. Safety and Healthy Living (includes the following types: first aid, healthy choices, etc.)
  12. Family Sciences (includes the following types: child development, financial education, etc.)
  13. Clothing (includes construction, selection, wardrobe construction, etc.)
  14. Foods and Nutrition
  15. Career and Workforce Development
  16. 4-H Promotion—Camp (includes camping overall or a specific camp—county, regional, or state; weekend, overnight, or day camps)
  17. 4-H Promotion—Club & Special Interest Programs (includes community clubs, after school clubs, and specialty programs, like shooting sports, robotics, livestock, photography, and teen leadership)
  18. 4-H Promotion—General (includes presentations intended to promote 4-H overall)
  19. School Presentations (includes science and social studies fair projects, etc.)
  20. First Lego League Innovation Project
  21. West Virginia History
  22. Landmarks and Tourist Attractions
  23. Music (includes band, strings, choir, etc.)
  24. Miscellaneous

Rules

  • Each county may enter a maximum of one individual and one team presentation per category in each age division (Junior, Intermediate, Senior). In each presentation category, the highest scoring individual and highest scoring team from each county contest will be eligible to participate in the state contest. It is at the county’s discretion to send winning presentations on to the state level.

  • Visual Presentations and PowerPoint/Digital Presentations can be presented as a team. Teams can consist from two to four youth.  All members must be from the same age division. Public Speaking Presentations must be given individually.

  • A 4-H member may participate in one or all 3 State 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Expo Contests. Participating in more than one category and/or division within a single contest is not permitted within a given year. (For example, a 4-H member can present a Visual Presentation and a PowerPoint Presentation, but he/she cannot present a Visual Horse Presentation and a Visual Quilting Presentation and he/she cannot present an individual presentation and a team presentation within the same contest.)
  • 4-H members may be state (Gold Ribbon) winners twice in each respective category and each age division—once as an individual, and once as a member of a team. (For example, a 4-H member who has received a Gold Ribbon for a visual presentation in the Junior Individual Horse category may not enter the Junior Individual Horse visual presentation category in subsequent years.)

Procedures

  • Visual Presentation Contest

    • The presentation may be a demonstration or illustrated talk pertaining to the subject of the category entered. Each contest is responsible for providing his/her own introduction.

    • Visuals, posters, models, or charts used must be easily seen and convey a message effectively.

    • Electronic projected visuals (e.g. videos, PowerPoint, etc.) may not be used in Visual Presentations.

    • If note cards are used, they must be small (no larger than 3” x 5”) and should not be read.
    • Reference to product brand names should be avoided.

  • PowerPoint/Digital Presentation Contest

    • Presentation must be the original work of the contestant(s).

    • Each contestant or team is responsible for providing their own introduction.

    • If note cards are used, they must be small (no larger than 3” x 5”) and should not be read.

    • Reference to product brand names should be avoided.

  • Public Speaking Contest

    • No visuals of any sort may be used.

    • Speeches must be the original work of the speaker.

    • If note cards are used, they must be small (no larger than 3” x 5”) and should not be read.

    Time Requirement

    (NOTE: Time requirements are the same across contests)
    1. Junior/Intermediate Divisions : All Junior and Intermediate presentations must be a minimum of 3 minutes in length.

    2. Senior Division : All Senior presentations must be a minimum of 5 minutes in length.

    3. All Divisions: All divisions have a 10-minute maximum. If time limit is exceeded, only the first 10 minutes will be shown. A penalty for not meeting the minimum time requirement will be noted on the scoring rubric.

    Scoring and Awards

    • All presentations submitted for the state level contest will be judged using a rubric totaling 100 points across 3 categories (See score sheets and rubrics for Visual, PowerPoint/Digital, and Public Speaking for more detail):

      • Speaker—Appearance, Voice, Eye Contact, Use of Grammar, Mannerisms (25 points)

      • Presentation—Introduction, Organization of Material, Delivery, Conclusion, Time Limit (50 points)

      • Subject Matter —Originality, Understanding of Subject, Suitability of Topic, Information, Sources of Information (25 points)

    • All 4-H members who are eligible to participate in the state level contest will receive a certificate and  ribbon. Ribbons correspond to the following total points earned:

      • Gold: ribbons will be awarded to all participants who score 95 or above.

      • Blue: ribbons will be awarded to all participants who score 90-94 points.

      • Red: ribbons will be awarded to all participants who score 80-89 points.

      • White: ribbons will be awarded to all participants who score 70-79 points.

      • Green: ribbons will be awarded to all participants who score below 70 points.

      Timeline for Contest

      • Counties or regions are responsible for arranging to judge presentations or hold contests prior to April 30, 2020.

      • Each county may enter a maximum of one individual and one team presentation per category in each age division (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior). In each presentation category, the highest scoring individual and highest scoring team from each county contest will be eligible to participate in the state contest. It is at the county’s discretion to send winning presentations on to the state level.

      • All eligible county level participants who wish to participate at the state level must record their presentation, upload their video to YouTube to receive a link (See How To Guide), and submit a Qualtrics registration online. (This will include the YouTube link for their presentation) anytime between April 1-30, 2020. Only one registration is needed for team submissions.

      • Judging of presentations on the state level will occur between May 1-31, 2020.

      • State level participants will be notified of their results no later than June 15, 2020.

      • Recognition for state level participants will occur during the State Fair of West Virginia, August 13-22, 2020.