Adam Lesch gave a demonstration about catapults at the 4-H Public Presentation Day

Adam Lesch gave a demonstration about catapults at the 4-H Public Presentation Day

4-H Youth Speak Up at Public Presentation Day

CASSADAGA, NEW YORK (March 29, 2017) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently held a Public Presentation contest at Cassadaga Valley Middle School on March 4, 2017. Seventy youth ages 5-18 stepped up to the challenge and gave presentations on topics from endangered animals to hockey to catapult construction. Presentation styles included demonstration, illustrated talk and speech.

Public speaking aligns with the New York State 4-H Youth Development values that promote the development of skills that help young people succeed in higher education, their chosen career path, and as members of their families and communities. Youth are evaluated by teams of volunteer evaluators. After each presentation youth meet with their evaluator and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their presentation.

Youth who gave exceptional presentations were selected to participate at the Western District Public Presentation Day contest held at Bishop Timon High School on April 1st. This year Holly Crandall, Hannah Cross, Jared Dorman, Jack Fortna, Shannon Heath, Adam Lesch, Braden Lesch, Jacob Lesch, Kenny Marion, and Natalie Turecek were selected to move on. Everett LeBarron and Brady Pollack were awarded honorable mention for their presentations.

Youth have other opportunities to give presentations at their club and animal projects as well as at the 4-H Youth Building at the Chautauqua County Fair.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Kate Ewer
4-H Community Educator
716-664-9502 ext. 212

Last updated March 29, 2017