2022 Public Speaking

The 2022 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament was the first-ever hybrid edition, with seven virtual presentations, two in-person demonstrations, and 18 in-person illustrated talks on a wide range of topics including beekeeping, how to make slime, why we smile, and equine dentistry. A new category of competition, impromptu or extemporaneous speech, also was introduced this year. For this part of the competition, participants chose a topic at random and were given three minutes to develop an outline, jotting notes on one blank notecard, for a three- to five-minute speech. Though certainly a challenge, this new category was a hit with the many participants who gave it a try and with the audience. All involved expressed a desire to continue this opportunity in the future, which will eventually lead to official scoring.

UMaine Extension 4-H is the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in the state. Through positive youth development – learning by doing along with their peers, building life skills in a safe environment, with caring, trained adults who lead by example – youth are encouraged to find their passion and learn to thrive in today’s changing and challenging world.

Photo highlights of the 2022 4-H Public Speaking Event, April 9, 2022. — UMaine Extension Photos.