4-H public speaking contest winners

The annual Claiborne County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate. The purpose of the contest is for those 4-H members who placed first or second in the local 4-H clubs’ speaking contests to come together to compete for a county winner in each grade level.

This means that there is a lot of competition as our county’s best young speakers face off to determine county champions.

This year’s winners are Channing Callahan 4th grade Midway Elementary School; Levi Goins 5th grade H.Y. Livesay; Joe Spencer 6th grade Midway Elementary School; Becca Spencer 7th grade Midway Elementary School; and Ben Cosgriff 8th grade H.Y. Livesay.

Congratulations to all the participants at this year’s county contest. The reason our county winners do well in regional competition is that they have to compete against so many good speeches here in Claiborne County.

‘The winners of the 5th -8th grade contests will go on to compete at the Big Nine sub-regional contest, February 4 , where they will compete against the county winners from eight other counties including Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union.

The Claiborne County Extension Office would like to thank all the volunteers that helped make this contest a success. They deeply appreciate the time our judges donate to help our 4-H members.

A big thank you goes to Linda Lankford and all of the great folks at Pump Springs Baptist Church for graciously hosting the contest. Without the kindness of the staff of Pump Spring Springs Baptist Church our contest could not be held during school hours and fewer children could participate.

We would also like to thank the 4-H Honor Club Council and senior level 4-H Honor Club members who provided valuable assistance. And of course, this event would not be possible without the support of our county’s principals, teachers, bus drivers and parents.