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Cattaraugus County 4-Hers display public speaking skills

More than 40 Cattaraugus County 4-Hers and Cloverbuds gave performances at the annual public presentations event held Feb. 15 at Ellicottville Central School.

Each participant performed an illustrated speech in front of two judges and a small audience. Each performance was evaluated in the following areas: appearance, voice and posture; subject matter, topic and information and presentation.

The Cattaraugus County 4-H program serves more than 300 youth, from all over the county. It is supported by teen and adult volunteers.

Community volunteers and friends of 4-H around the county, and some from outside the county, assisted with the 2014 public presentations. Some of the volunteers were Lois Bergen, Charlene Sendlakowski, Patty Bailey, Linda Welch, Regina VanScoy, Jim VanScoy, Dawn Santangelo, Linda Blesy, Lisa Musell and Phoenix Humber.

The contestants chosen for the Western District presentation contest were senior members Rebecca Besok and Emily Stang. The junior members were Keriann Alpine, Lauren Eaton, Katelyn Mesch, Kendyl Rogers, Beth Stang and Hayley Stang.

The district contest consists of a presentation in front of two judges, who spoke with the presenter, after the presentation. After the presentations were completed, the judges picked those who will go on to state competition.

Currently, only senior members are selected to present at state competition. The winner of the district contest will move onto the state presentation contest, which will be held at Cornell University in May.

The regional horse public presentation winners were junior members Megan Stang, Baleigh Loucks, Hannah Stayer and Sydney Smith.

The senior members were Courtney Preston, Danika Chiarili, Dustin Emerson and Madilyn Turano. The team presentation winners were Danalyna Chiarilli and Savannah Wilson. The winner for public speaking was Andrew Stady.

The regional horse contests winners will go to regional horse communications, which are being held April 5 in Cuba, N.Y. The winners chosen at that contest will go on to state competitions, held in May at Cornell University.

For more information on the 4-H program, contact the 4-H office at 585-268-7644, ext. 11.
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