Participants in the 2019 Rock County Communication Arts Contest include (front row from left) Ava Steinhoff, Gabriella Porter, Penni Moore, (back) Klarissa Burkman, Krista Burkman, Aisha Porter, Candace Porter and Mazzi Moore. Not pictured are Colton Buchholz, Caylix Buchholz and Andrea Luitjens.Penni Moore reads, “Pig the Winner,” a comical story about a selfish pug named Pig, for her interpretive reading selection.

Talents on display during 4-H Communication event

Eleven Rock County 4-H’ers in grades kindergarten through high school shared their communication talents Feb. 28 at the annual 4-H Communication Arts Contest in Luverne.

Members participated in photojournalism, creative writing, interpretive reading and photojournalism.

Contest goals included developing effective skills in both written and oral communications, developing poise and self- confidence, practicing the process of inquiry and research, and encouraging creativity and self-expression through the use of visual and written media.

“It’s encouraging to see these youth step out of their comfort zones and show off their skills,” said Kelsey Maeschen, 4-H program coordinator. “It take a lot to speak in front of a group but these kids really did a great job. I am very proud of them.”

Margie Anderson, Murray County 4-H program coordinator, judged the event.

Cloverbud members are younger than second grade. They are able to participate in the event but do not receive a ribbon placing.

Category, ribbon placing, 4-H’er’s name and club from the event include:

•Photojournalism: blue, Krista Burkman, Springdell, and Gabriella Porter, County K9s; and clovebud Caylix Buchholz, Springdell.

•Creative writing: blue, Aisha Porter, County K9s, Candace Porter, County K9s, Krista Burkman, Springdell, Klarissa Burkman, Springdell, Gabriella Porter, County K9s, and cloverbud Colton Buchholz, Springdell.

•Interpretive reading: purple, Candace Porter, County K9s, Ava Steinhoff, Blue Ribbon, Mazzi Moore, Blue Ribbon; blue, Aisha Porter, County K9s, Andrea Luitjens, Magnolia Juniors, Gabriella Porter, County K9s; and cloverbud Penni Moore, Blue Ribbon.

•Public Speaking: blue, Mazzi Moore, Blue Ribbon.


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