White County 4-H Public Presentations were held this year on May 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Supportive Living of Wabash Apartments in Carmi. Six 4-H members: Braelyn Russell, Madison Roberson, Brenna Russell, Annsley Healy, Caitlin South, and Laney York gave presentations on subjects that they chose themselves. Braelyn and Madison gave an Oral Interpretation Speech; Brenna and Annsley gave a Formal Speech, and Caitlin and Laney presented an Illustrated Speech. Rachel Parish of Harrisburg judged the members.

The presenters did a great job this year. Braelyn received an A rating and a Superior for her oral interpretation "There is a monster at the end of this book". Madison received an A rating Best of Show, a Superior, and a State 4-H Public Presentation opportunity for her oral interpretation of "How to Forgive". Brenna received an A rat- ing, Best of Show, and Superior for talking about "Bullying" on her formal speech. Annsley received an A rating and a Superior for her formal speech titled "Walt Disney". Caitlin received an A rating and a Superior for her illustrated speech "Deaths, Starving in Alaska". Laney received an A rating, Best of Show, Superior, and a State 4-H Public Presentation opportunity for her illustrated speech “Hoof Care through the Ages”.

As Jim Beggs stated, "What we say is important...for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." For these six young presenters, they are going to have a bright, promising future.

The White County 4-H program would like to thank the Supportive Living of Wabash and its residents for allowing us to hold the public presentations at their facility. 4-H is currently taking new members, so if anyone is interested in joining a club, call the Extension office at 618-382-2662, or attend the next club meeting of your choice! If you are interested in 4-H workshops, or would like to see what 4-H is doing throughout the year, take a look at our Facebook page by searching "White County Illinois 4-H." Be sure to "Like" our page, so you don't miss anything happening in White County.