Wirt County Information
- Who: All current 4-H members. Cloverbuds will be entered into their own category and awarded for their participation.
- What: There are several different contests to enter: Poster, Photo, Writing, Public Speaking, Visual Presentations, and PowerPoint/Digital Presentations.
- When: Entries for the Poster, Photo and Writing contest are due March 6. Entries for the Presentation Expo are due by April 15.
- Where: Submission for the different contests will be a little different in 2020.
- Poster and Photo Entries - These can be submitted in person at the WVU-Wirt County Extension Office at 181 Court St., Elizabeth, WV 26143
- Writing Entries - Can be submitted in person at the Extension Office or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Speaking, Visual Presentations, and PowerPoint/Digital Presentations - NEW for 2020! You can record these presentations, upload them to YouTube, and use the link below to submit your information. Alternatively, you can come to the Extension Office to film your presentation. Submit Your 2020 Presentation
Writing Exhibition Information
To encourage 4-H members to express their thoughts, feelings, understanding and impressions through written media. Exhibits should compel the observer to feel, think or be inspired by the 4-H member’s interpretation and expression.
- Entries must be written by the 4-H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as 21 year old) during the current 4-H club year.
County offices are welcome to accept Cloverbud exhibits. However, Cloverbud exhibits
may only be exhibited at the county level and should be recognized at the county
level in accordance with the state Cloverbud policies.
- There are three (3) categories for the 4-H Writing Exhibition: Essay, Short Story, or Poetry.
- Number of Entries – A 4-H member can enter no more than one entry for each of the three (3) categories in 4-H Writing Exhibition.
- Length of Entries – Maximum 1,000 words.
- Original Work – All entries must be written by the 4-H members submitting them. Copying someone else’s work is not appropriate and will not be accepted.
Format information – Document should be typed using 12-point font, single-spaced,
8.5” x 11” size page.
Identification – Each entry must have the following information at the
Name, County, Age, and category. This information
can be inserted into the document’s header.
Displays and Rewards
- The State 4-H Writing Exhibition will be on display electronically at the State Fair of West Virginia in August.
- All participants will receive a State Fair ribbon, certificate, and premium ($3.50) for each writing entry.
- National Exhibition – Entries from across the nation will be available online at the NAE4-HA Communication and Expressive Arts Task Force website https://4hartshowcase.wordpress.com/
Poster Exhibition Information
To increase 4-H members' awareness of the topics and to give 4-H'ers an opportunity for artistic expression.
Any current 4-H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as a 21 year old) may enter regardless of his/her project enrollment. No project requirements.
Age Divisions – There are three (3) age divisions:
- Junior – 4-H members age 8 to 10 by October 1, 2019
- Intermediate – 4-H members age 11 to 13 by October 1, 2019
- Senior – 4-H members age 14 to 21 by October 1, 2019
There are eight (8) categories for the poster contest:
- 4-H Promotion – General: To increase awareness about the 4-H program. This category is for promoting 4-H overall and specific 4-H activities may fall into one of the categories listed below.
– Club and Special Interest Programs: To increase awareness
about 4-H clubs and special interest programs. Examples include community clubs,
afterschool clubs, and specialty programs like shooting sports, robotics, livestock,
outdoor, photography, and teen leadership.
– Camp: To increase awareness about the 4-H camping program.
Posters can focus on camping overall or a specific camp - county, regional, or
state; weekend, overnight, or day camp.
To increase awareness about healthy lifestyle issues on topics such as nutrition;
physical activity; social-emotional health; drug prevention; safety and prevention
in areas like food, ATV, farming, fire, water.
Citizenship: To increase awareness of youths' role in civic leadership
and service to their communities. This category also explores government principles,
cultural history, and global education.
- Agriculture: To increase awareness of topics related to agriculture to gain better understanding of the role of agriculture in our society. Topics such as horticulture, livestock, wildlife.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): To increase awareness of STEM activities and careers in topics such as life sciences; technology; robotics; applied mathematics; computer science; engineering; environmental and natural sciences.
- Dairy: To show, using an imaginative theme, that milk is an important source of nutrients and to promote the use of milk *sponsor – American Dairy Association.
- Number of Posters – A 4-H member can enter any or all eight (8) categories in their age division.
- Individual – All posters must be constructed by one 4-H member individually. No team posters.
- Materials – Posters should be standard poster board. Foam board will not be accepted. Possible materials to use on the poster board are: markers, crayons, colored pencils, pasted-on construction paper or fabric (flat), paint, press-on letters, or stenciled letters (filled in). Nothing must protrude from or stick up on the poster, it MUST be a flat poster submission.
- Size – All posters must be 22” x 14”. (This is one-half of a full sheet of poster board).
- Original Work – All posters must be created by the 4-H members submitting them. Pinterest and Internet search engines can be used for inspiration, but copying a poster from the internet is not appropriate and will not be accepted. Posters also may not contain copyrighted characters. Some copyrighted examples are Disney Characters, Snoopy, Minecraft, and Harry Potter.
- 4-H Name and Emblem – All uses of the 4-H Club Name or Emblem shall be consistent with the educational purposes, character-building objectives, and dignity of the 4-H program and the 4-H Club Name or Emblem shall be given a position of prominence. It is not permissible to superimpose any letter, design, or object on the 4-H Club Emblem, or to materially alter its intended shape. For more information, review Using the 4-H Name and Emblem (PDF).
- Identification – Each poster must have the following information in the upper left corner on the back of the poster: Name, County, Age (as of October 1, 2019), poster category, age division. Use the provided tags for this information.
Displays and Rewards
- Posters will be judged at the county level. One poster in each category and age division may be submitted for state judging. It is at the county’s discretion to send winning posters on to the state level contest.
- Posters will be judged at the state level. All state level entries will receive a certificate, appropriate ribbon award, State Fair ribbon, and premium ($3.50) for each poster entered at the state level.
- Posters submitted to the state level will be on display electronically at the State Fair of West Virginia in August. Dairy category posters will be physically displayed at the State Dairy Show in August at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
- Special Award for Dairy Category – The state winner in each of the three age categories will receive a homemade ice cream freezer. The freezers will be awarded at the West Virginia Dairy Cattle Show and Festival. The sponsor of the freezers is the American Dairy Association.
- Special Award for 4-H Promotion Categories – The individuals who create the top poster (out of the three (3) age divisions) at the State level in each of the three 4-H Promotion categories (General, Club, and Camp) will have an opportunity to work with our WVU Extension Service Communications Office to further develop the posters into a promotion piece that will be used state wide during future 4-H programs and events.
Photo Exhibition Information
To encourage 4‑H members to take and exhibit pictures that interpret 4‑H to the exhibit viewers...communicate what 4‑H is all about. Emphasis should be placed on 4‑H activities.
Photos must be taken by a 4‑H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as 21 year old), but the member need not be enrolled in a 4‑H photography project. The exhibitor must be a 4‑H member during the year the photo is submitted.
- Number – A 4-H member can enter up to three (3) photos in this contest.
- Photo Size – Photos must be either 3” x 5” or 4” x 6” in size.
- Mounting – Each photo must be mounted. The mounting material should be 5” x 7”. Mounting material can be cardstock, foam board, poster board, or a picture mat. It should be heavy material, so no printer paper or construction paper. Do not put photos in picture frames.
- Identification – Each photo must have the following information on the center, back of the picture: Name, County, Age, and an identifying caption for the picture . Use the provided tags for this information.
DISPLAYS AND REWARDS
- The State 4‑H Photo Exhibition will be on display at the State Fair of West Virginia in August.
- All participants will receive a State Fair ribbon, certificate, and premium ($3.50) for each photo entered.
- Photos will be returned to counties following the State Fair during checkout day for the 4-H exhibits.
- Individuals visiting the State Fair will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photos and the top photos will be announced following the State Fair. There are no additional ribbons or premiums for those selected as People’s Choice winner.
Presentation Exhibition Information
2020 Expo Rules
- 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
Visual Presentation - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants
PowerPoint/Digital Presentation - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants
- Public Speaking - Coming soon: score sheet and rubric as well as strong examples from previous state level participants
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.
(NOTE: Age divisions are the same across contests.)
- Junior: 4-H members age 8-10 by October 1, 2019
- Intermediate: 4-H members age 11-13 by October 1, 2019
- Senior: 4-H members age 14 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as a 21-year-old
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:
- Large Animal (includes the following types: beef, dairy, sheep, goats, etc.)
- Small Animal (includes the following types: cats, dogs, poultry, small pets, etc.)
- Veterinary Science
- Plant Science & Horticulture (includes gardening, cultivated agricultural and horticultural plants and crops)
- Mechanical Science and Technology (includes the following types: bicycle, tractors, robotics, computers, small engines, etc.)
- Natural Resources and Environment (includes the following types: wild flowers, wild birds, forestry, recycling, entomology, etc.)
- Leadership and Citizenship (includes personal development, leadership, community development, etc.)
- Leisure and Recreation (includes the following types: hiking, recreation, games, sports, etc.)
- Communication and Expressive Arts (includes the following types: theater arts, creative arts, crafts, photography, music, etc.)
- Safety and Healthy Living (includes the following types: first aid, healthy choices, etc.)
- Family Sciences (includes the following types: child development, financial education, etc.)
- Clothing (includes construction, selection, wardrobe construction, etc.)
- Foods and Nutrition
- Career and Workforce Development
- 4-H Promotion—Camp (includes camping overall or a specific camp—county, regional, or state; weekend, overnight, or day camps)
- 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)
- 4-H Promotion—General (includes presentations intended to promote 4-H overall)
- School Presentations (includes science and social studies fair projects, etc.)
- First Lego League Innovation Project
- West Virginia History
- Landmarks and Tourist Attractions
- Music (includes band, strings, choir, etc.)
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.)
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.
Junior/Intermediate Divisions : All Junior and Intermediate presentations must be a minimum of 3 minutes in length.
Senior Division : All Senior presentations must be a minimum of 5 minutes in length.
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.