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.