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Communication Arts Program

Learn communication skills...for a lifetime!

Stark-Billings County 4-H members are encouraged to participate in 4-H Communication Arts at the contest will be scheduled for late May or early June at the New England Public School. Contact the Extension office if you are interested in participating. Pre-registration is required.

New for 2019:

Several changes are being made in the 4-H Communication Arts program. The categories will be:

1)      Demonstrations

2)      Speeches (Prepared, Impromptu, Illustrated)

3)      Interpretive Reading

4)      Dramatic Presentation

5)      Mass Media (Broadcasting, Commercials)

6)      Electronic Media (Video, Website Design, Presentations)

7)      Fishbowl: Youth Entrepreneurship (new category)

8)      Cloverbud Recitation

At the District and State contests, participants may do two presentations (if they qualify), but not more than one in a category. Individuals and team presentations will be judged separately. Teams are two people in all categories, except in Dramatic presentations where team of 2 to 4 will be allowed. The state contest will name top five places in addition to Awards of Excellence.

The 4-H Communication Arts program will:

  • help participants develop communication skills that are useful throughout a lifetime;
  • provide participants an opportunity to practice their skills before a group;
  • provide participants an opportunity to gather and organize information, equipment and props for public presentation;
  • develop participants' confidence in making public presentations; and
  • evaluate and enhance communication skills.

The Communication Arts program is open to any youth involved in Extension youth programs. It includes a Cloverbud division and two other age divisions: the preteen division (youth 8 to 12 years-old before Sept. 1, 2017) and the teen division (youth ages 13 to 18 before Sept. 1, 2017), the start of the current 4-H year.

Stark-Billings County offers a "recitation only" category for Cloverbuds. This category is noncompetitive and provides equal recognition for all participants.This optional category provides young participants an opportunity to make presentations without the task of finding or writing material and without the stress of competition. Recitation of the 4-H Pledge or Pledge of Allegiance is appropriate.

Also see:

Communication Arts publication

More Communication Arts Links

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