Putnam County 4-H County Public Speaking Contest

Putnam County 4-H News

by Trent Jones

UT Extension Agent


Putnam County 4-H County Public Speaking Contest


Public Speaking is the number one fear in America, but Putnam County 4-H members faced that fear head on as they participated in the county public speaking contest.  Winners were selected from local contests in their classrooms and were invited to compete at the county level.  The Putnam County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held Tuesday, January 9th at the TTU Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion.  Around 70 4-H members, along with their cheering section of parents, grandparents and other family supporters were in attendance.

The final results of the county contest are as follows:


4th Grade

1st – Lane Garrett, Prescott

2nd – Landon Bruce, Capshaw

3rd – Zoey Graff, Homeschool


5th Grade

1st – Ella Choate, Prescott Middle

2nd – Alibeth Mayberry, Prescott Middle

3rd – Lyassabeth Tatum, Prescott Middle


6th Grade

1st – Evelyn Jones, Upperman Middle

2nd – Jesse Scott, Upperman Middle

3rd – Freya Klein, Upperman Middle


7th Grade

1st – Britta Gaetjens, Homeschool

2nd – Cadence Howell, Homeschool

3rd – Kinley Arms, Homeschool


8th Grade

1st – Bailey Steger, Homeschool

2nd – Kayla Mick, Algood Middle


Participants are judged on the presentation of their speech while using good grammar, pleasing volume and pace, eye contact, and subject matter.  Local volunteers and former 4-H members served as judges for the contest.  Awards were given to all participants and the top ten were announced.  First and second place winners in the 4th – 12th grades will go on to compete at the sub-region contest to be held on January 23rd at Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion in Cookeville.  The top 5 individuals in the 9th – 12th grades at the sub-region, will compete at the Central Region Sr. High Public Speaking Contest on February 3rd.

Thanks to the parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, and all who have encouraged and assisted these 4-H’ers with their speeches. We are very proud of all the 4-H’ers in the county who gave an effort to participate in the public speaking contest this year.  Public speaking is one of the most important skills our 4-H members can develop and will enable them to have a strong foundation for future success.  Congratulations to everyone who participated this year.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Call the Putnam County Extension Office at 526-4561 for further information relating to the many 4-H activities and events available to our great young people in Putnam County.










Thirty-five 4th grade 4-H’ers competed in the County 4-H Speech Contest Tuesday, January 9th. Top Ten Winners were as follows, front; L to R: Lane Garrett, Landon Bruce, Zoey Graff, Ellie Kirby, and Ty Harrison.  Back; L to R: Aiden McKenzie, Samantha Buttertini, Logan Jefcoat, Avi Sharma, Shelby Jones.







Eighteen 5th graders competed in the county contest.







5th grade top 3 winners: Lyssabeth Tatum- 3rd, Ella Choate- 1st, Allison Maberry- 2nd.









7th grade winners were, L to R: Cadence Howell, Kinley Arms, Tehya Howell, and Britta Gaetjens.











6th and 8th grade winners were as follows, front; L to R:  Freya Klein, Kara Dennis, and Danna Dorantes.  Back; L to R: Jesse Scott, Evelyn Jones, Bailey Steger, Megan Heinzman, and Kayla Mick.










11th and 12th grade competitors included, L to R: Shelby Mainord, Hannah Steger, Dawson Arms, Hannah Bernhardt, and Emily Welte.  Shelby currently serves as the Tennessee 4-H Deputy Chief on the Tennessee 4-H State Council.  She brought us a presentation about what 4-H has meant to her since 4th grade.  Hannah, Dawson, Hannah, and Emily will represent Putnam County at the Area 2 Public Speaking Contest, for a chance to go on to the Central Region Contest in February.