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4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program

Florida 4-H is very proud to offer the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. More than 150,000 young people in over 50 Florida counties in grades 4-6 participated in the contest on an annual basis.

Jackson County 4-H Staff partner with school faculty to offer this program to local fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Teachers are provided with 4-H curriculum to teach students the fundamentals of writing and delivering a public speech. Students then compete in a judged classroom speaking contest. Classroom winners compete at a school-wide competition. First place winners from each school and grade go on to compete at the County Contest. County Contest first place winners receive full camp scholarships to 4-H Camp Timpoochee.  Contact the Jackson County 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 for more information.

Classroom Contests

Packets are being dispersed to school curriculum coordinators beginning December 1, 2016.

DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT:  January 16, 2017

DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL FINALIST LIST TO BE TURNED IN TO 4-H AGENT:  January 23, 2017

County Contest

A practice session will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 8:00-11:00 AM at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex Auditorium to give the participants an opportunity to practice their speeches in the environment where the competition will be held.

The County Contest will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 6:00 PM, at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex Auditorium.

District II Contest

Date, time and location to be announced.

4-H Tropicana Resources

4-H Tropicana Resources for Teachers and School Faculty

Information for Teachers

Lesson Plans

Activities for Practice

Tropicana Judging Sheet

Friendly Critique Sheet

Teacher Survey

Parent Survey

Youth Survey

4-H Tropicana Resources for Students and Parents

4-H Tropicana Speech Contest Rules

Sample Topics

Overcoming Stage Nerves

Delivering a Public Speech

Taking Charge of Your Appearance

Tips for Giving a Great Speech

Participation in this program helps students acquire the ability to organize their thoughts and ideas into a written speech, express ideas effectively, and show poise and confidence while giving a timed public speech. Tropicana has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, medallions for school winners, trophies for county winners, summer camp scholarships and Tropicana orange juice refreshments for county contests. Close to 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning.

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