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4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

Two Leon County school children will be heading to the district public speaking contest in a few months after taking home the top prize during Saturday’s 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.

Public speaking can get some knees shaking and a few words stumbling, but for one group of Leon County school kids, clearly it's not an issue.

Fifty fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Leon County are not hesitating to show off their verbal skills.

Marcus Boston, Leon County 4-H Extension Agent, said, "Lots of talent and creative speeches, it's amazing. The influences the family members have on the speeches, animals, just about heard it all."

During our stop by, we noticed the kids had a lot to say about their family.

Deanne Roberts, a fourth grader from Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts, said, "My speech was about my sister annoying me and everything and I thought of it because I wanted to embarrass her because of all the things she's done to me, I wanted to get her back."

Whatever the topics, if 4-H's goal was to get these kids to master their public speaking skills, consider it done.

The winner for the sixth graders is Kelsey Tate of Deerlake Middle School, and for the fourth and fifth graders Tiffany Lewis of Maclay took home the top prize. They'll head to districts in May.


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