Youth excel at competition

4-H District Leader Norma Howes reports on the public speaking competition held last month in Castlegar.

Winners of the Boundary 4-H District Public Speaking Competition held in Castlegar on March 8 were: 1st

Winners of the Boundary 4-H District Public Speaking Competition held in Castlegar on March 8 were: 1st

Submitted by Norma Howes

The Boundary 4-H District Public Speaking Competition was held at the United Church in Castlegar on March 8. The four seniors and seven juniors spoke on a variety of subjects. In between the speeches the members told the audience what it was like to do their project work.

We learned about the Cloverbuds, sewing, photography, dog, sheep, beef, ranch horse, miniature horse, Parelli horsemanship and the regular horse project. The Nelson 4-H Club hosted the event and the MC for the day was Chloe Comstock. Thank you to judges Regina Day, Mary-Ann Gaschnitz and Fern Labounty.

The winners in the junior division were: 1st, Marijika Van Kuik, on “Horse Crazy” from Boundary C 4-H Club; 2nd, Cameron Johnson on “Boating” from Nelson 4-H Club; 3rd, Jade Fossen on “Miss Rodeo Canada” from Boundary C 4-H Club.

The senior winners were: 1st, Sarah Kobylka on “Knights Templar” from Borderline 4-H Club; 2nd, Josie Wheaton on “Miranda Lambert” from Boundary Multi Club; and 3rd, Ashley Vegh on “Independence” from Boundary C 4-H Club. The senior members all did an impromptu speech on peer pressure.

Congratulations to Sarah Kobylka for winning the top honours in district senior speak-offs three years in a row. Sarah and Josie Wheaton will go on to Regionals in Salmon Arm on May 10.

In other district news, the 2013 Record Books were judged at the district level. Top seniors were: Alanna Baiton of Borderline Club (1st), and Brittany Fillmore of Boundary C Club (2nd); top juniors were Annabel Vrba of Nelson Club (1st), and Allison Detta of Nelson Club (2nd). All are going to the Regionals in Vernon next December.

We had our poster contest early this year so that the posters could be displayed at Rally Day. The winners of the B.C. 4-H 100 Anniversary Poster contest are: 1st, Jade Fossen; 2nd, Sarah MacDonald; and 3rd, Adele Fossen. The posters will be displayed around the community as we celebrate the centennial of BC 4-H.

The leaders then had a district council meeting to plan the upcoming Rally Day May 3 and 4. Our Rally Day this year will be different as we celebrate 100 years of 4-H in B.C.; we are planning a short judging seminar Saturday morning then judging after lunch. We welcome the alumni for the late afternoon for some games and visiting with beef on a bun for supper. Demonstrations and awards will be on Sunday morning. Hopefully all alumnus can join us in our celebrations. Please just contact any 4-H leader if you can come so we know how many. Thanks to all that kept B.C. 4-H going for 100 years.