2018 Speech Contest Winners

Current Contest Information, Resources to Help, Example Speech/PSA's

Speech & Public Service Announcements (PSA's)

Effective communication is a valuable life skill you'll use your entire life.

The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence. Contests are open to all 4-H'ers ages 8-18 (by January 1 of the current year) -- need not be enrolled in a specific project. Youth may choose to participate in either or both the Speech and PSA contests. If questions, contact Kate Pulec at kpulec3@unl.edu or 402-441-7180.

SPEECH CONTEST: The 2019 4-H Speech Contest will be held on Sunday, March 17 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln. Check-in is 1–1:30 p.m., contest begins at 1:30 p.m. Register for the Speech contest by Mondy, March 11 by calling 402-441-7180 or emailing kpulec3@unl.edu with name, speech title and age division.

  • Clover Kids - 5-7 years old: Anything! You could recite or read a favorite nursery rhyme, short story, the 4-H pledge, etc. This is a non-competitive, participation-only division.
  • Junior - 8-10 years old: 2-3 minutes in length, any topic about a 4-H experience, including projects, activities and more.
  • Intermediate - 11-13 years old: 3-5 minutes in length, encouraged to speak on a project you would like others to enroll in.
  • Senior - 14-18 years old: 5-8 minutes, a timely topic related to 4-H. How has 4-H helped you? The importance of 4-H in your life and more.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CONTEST: Entry deadline is Monday, March 11, 2019. In the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, 4-H'ers submit a 60 second "radio commercial" promoting 4-H.  Submit a PSA as a .wav or .mp3 file electronically to kpulec3@unl.edu or on a CD to the Extension office.

The 2019 state theme is “Inspire Kids to Do” and should be incorporated in the PSA. All 4-H PSA's must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu." The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.

State 4-H asks for PSA's to be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at anytime of the year.

Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.

This year, there is a Clover Kids division!

If you do not have the capabilities to record a PSA, contact Vicki Jedlicka at 402-441-7180 to set up a recording time at the Extension office.

Helpful Resources:

Listen to/Watch Examples:

Listen to 2018 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County winners which went to district competition):

Listen to 2017 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County winners which went to district competition):

Listen to 2016 Lancaster County 4-H PSA Examples - (Lancaster County winners which went to district competition):

Watch Lancaster County 4-H Speech Examples on YouTube:

4-H Year in Review!

2018 4-H Achievement Celebration Results

In 2017, Lancaster County 4-H engaged 35,946 youth through clubs, school enrichment and after-school programs. 1,946 adults volunteered. Lancaster County, 4-H is a cooperative effort between University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Lancaster County government.

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