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Columbia County 4-H holds annual Communication Arts Festival

From left, Titus Wynn (Pardeeville), Christina Considine (Portage), Elena Pacheco (Portage), Briella Brusveen (Cambria), Ashton Brusveen (Cambria), Gwen Hahn (Cambria), and Lucy Blau (Merrimac) presented Interpretive Readings as part of the 2018 Columbia County 4-H Communication Arts Festival.

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The annual Columbia County 4-H Communication Arts Festival was held recently at Wayne E. Bartels Middle School in Portage Thirty-four 4-H Cloverbuds and 4-H members, ranging in age from grade 2 through grade 12, participated with either a speaking entry or a poster entry.

The 4-H Communication Arts Festival gives 4-H members the opportunity to speak in front of an audience and develop self-confidence and public speaking skills. In addition to speaking, 4-H members may also enter in the either the poster or the creative writing category or the demonstration category.

Individuals in grades 3 through 12 who received merit awards for outstanding presentations at the festival included the following: Interpretive Reading of Original Prose/Poetry: Charlene Wendt, North Scott 4-H; Demonstrations: Amelia Heider, Lodi Challengers 4-H, and Medora Richards, Arlington Prairie Producers 4-H; Interpretive Reading of Poetry: Caleb Considine, Durwards Glen 4-H, Elizabeth Martens, New Directions 4-H, and Katherine Hansen, New Directions 4-H; Interpretive Reading of Prose: Titus Wynn, North Scott 4-H, and Gwen Hahn, Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H, Hannah Heider, Lodi Challengers 4-H, Adeline Considine, Durwards Glen 4-H, and Karlynn Cutsforth, North Scott 4-H; Interpretive Team Reading: Ashton Brusveen and Briella Brusveen, both of Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H; Memorized Declamation/Storytelling: Isabel Pacheco, North Scott 4-H; and Posters: Oliver Griepentrog, North Scott 4-H, and Aubrey Rietmann, New Directions 4-H. Other participants in the Communication Arts Festival received participation, blue and red ribbons based on their efforts. Please look for the 4-H promotional posters at the Columbia County Fair in July.

For more information about this festival or other 4-H communication arts projects or anything about the Wisconsin 4-H youth program, please contact the Columbia County UW-Extension Office at 608-742-9680. Enrollment is open year round.