Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament

Workshops | Qualifying | New “Impromptu” Category | Past Tournaments | Questions

icon of a 4-H Public Speaking blue ribbonThe 2022 Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament was held on April 9, 2022, both in person at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine and virtually over Zoom.

For an overview and photo gallery of the 2022 Maine State Public Speaking Tournament:

Visit the “4-H Public Speaking” Landing Page

Public Speaking Workshops

Open to 4-H members, Age 9 and up

The 2022 Public Speaking Workshops have already taken place.
The 2023 workshop dates are to be determined in late 2022.

Are you interested in learning more about giving a polished, interesting presentation? The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team members will be leading two workshops in February and March.  Workshops are designed to help 4-H members learn new Public Speaking skills and to prepare for the upcoming state Public Speaking Tournament in April.  Topics will include:

  • Learn the difference between a Demo and IT
  • Creating an outline
  • Maintaining a throughline/thesis/topic
  • Creativity in presenting
  • Polishing your presentation
  • Tips for Asking/Answering questions
  • Evaluation/Score Form

Contact if you would like to attend this Free Online Workshop.

Qualifying for the State Tournament

All youth in the junior and senior divisions (ages 9 to 18 in 4-H years) participating in a County Public Speaking Tournament – or as viewed and judged by their individual County Extension Office if no County Tournament is available and receiving an average score of 78 or higher, are invited to compete at the State Public Speaking Tournament. Contact your local County Extension Office for more information on County Tournaments.


New “Impromptu” Category

The Maine 4-H Public Speaking Committee is pleased to announce a new category at the State Tournament in April 2022!

Impromptu is a fun and exciting category that gives participants the opportunity to practice off-the-cuff presentations. Youth will be given three topics to choose from and then have several minutes to prepare a short presentation for an audience.

For this year, Impromptu will be a non-scored category. However, participants can expect to receive feedback from judges and peers. Youth who participate in-person at the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will also be able to participate in the Impromptu category as a bonus opportunity.

Watch a video to see an example of an Impromptu talk.

  • “Impromptu” Category Evaluation Sheet: PDF | Word
  • “Impromptu” Category Guidelines: PDF | Word

Past Tournaments

Questions About the 4-H Public Speaking Program?

Please contact Sheila Norman at 207.942.7396 or

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call or email Sheila Norman at 207.951.7542 or to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.