4-H Members Share Knowledge at County Demonstration Day


April 22, 2021

4-Hers demonstrated their knowledge and skills at the 4-H Demonstration Day event held last Sunday. Pictured in the back row from left to right are Zach and Colton Jones, Kensi Emmons, Rheanna and Jayce Schroeder and Cale Emmons. Noah Dudek and Jordyn and Danica Schroeder are in the middle row. In front, are John and Hanna Dudek, Delaney Ruland, Karlee Emmons and Whitney Hartman. Not pictured are Sammie Hart and Kacyn Hinman. (Demonstration day photos courtesy PR Extension Office)

Courtesy PR Extension Office

How to assemble a fishing rod, braid leather, make a pig pen and air up a bike tire were just a few of the creative presentations at the annual County Demonstration Day on Sunday. 4-H Demonstration Day provides 4-H members the opportunity to "Speak Out and Show the Way" through prepared demonstrations and speeches, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph.

"Youth learn life skills by organizing their thoughts and developing a presentation to share with others on 'how to do something'," said Rumph. "They share their knowledge with judges, peers, and caring adults in a safe environment. The experience of preparing and presenting a demonstration or speech is a form of 'learning in public' early in life."

Sixteen members participated in the event held at the Courthouse lobby. Volunteer's John and Jennie Olson judged the event, with the philosophy, "we love helping the next generation."

Tongue River Crossroads 4-H member Cale Emmons demonstrates how to tie a knot on the fly fishing pole to volunteer judges John and Jennie Olson during Powder River County's 4-H Demonstration Day.

Participants included Zach and Colton Jones, Cale, Kensi and Karlee Emmons, Jayce, Rheanna, Jordyn and Danica Schroeder, Hanna, Noah and John Dudek, Kacyn Hinman, Whitney Hartman, Sammie Hart and Delaney Ruland.

Results in each division included; First Year Demonstrations - Karlee Emmons, Grand; and Kacyn Hinman, Reserve; Junior - Delaney Ruland, Grand; Jordyn Schroeder, Reserve; Intermediate - Kensi Emmons, Grand; Noah Dudek, Reserve; Senior Demonstrations - Zach Jones, Grand; Cale Emmons, Reserve; and Senior Public Speaking - Rheanna Schroeder, Grand.

"In addition to a prepared speech, Rheanna presented an impromptu speech, which certainly provides an opportunity for a speaker to 'think on their feet'," explained Rumph. "Rheanna did an exceptional job responding to the topic of a leadership deficit in rural Montana Communities and how to develop leaders," explained Rumph.

The Senior participants have the opportunity to compete at State 4-H Congress in July at MSU Bozeman.


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