DSU Extension's 4-H and Youth Development Program reaches and teaches youths living in both rural and urban areas who are underserved by traditional youth programs. Activities are designed and implemented to teach Delaware youths how to become more involved in their communities by helping them develop the social and developmental skills they need for success in life.
Recent Program Success Stories
DSU 4-H Public Speaking Contest: The Elocution Solution
Speaking before a room full of strange faces is an uncomfortable position for many adults, let alone for young people. On May 18, 21 youths from both Kent and Sussex counties did just that. The 4-Hers presented during the third annual Public Speaking contest sponsored by Delaware State University Cooperative Extension. The competition helps participants develop poise and self-confidence, and sharpen speaking skills. Topics debated centered on the 4-H pledge: head, heart, hands and health. Participants represented five age groups: Cloverbuds (5-7); Beginners (8-10); Tweens-to-Teens (11-13); Juniors (14-16); and Seniors (17-19).
First place winners are eligible to represent DSU at the Delaware State 4-H Public Speaking Contest, to be held July 19th at the Harrington Fairgrounds. To participate at the state level, eight and nine year-olds will challenge each other in an up-coming competition to decide who will represent Delaware State University.
All of the participants were wonderful and demonstrated impressive speaking skills, knowledge, and courage. Awards were given to first and second place winners in each division. Beginners division: 1st place, Kurtis Wells; 2nd place, Hunter Piekarskie; and Honorable Mention, Paris Bigelow. Tweens-to-Teens division: 1st place, Kayla Wells; 2nd place, Shaina Eggleston; and Honorable Mention Londyn Woolfork. Junior division: 1st place, Otis Winding; 2nd place Abigail Hutchins; and Honorable Mention, Monica Becton. Senior division: 1st place, Nia Becton; and 2nd place, Pratigya Paudel. Participants also included: Johnny Brown, Tejonah Bigelow, Cynthia Freeman, Jenascia Fletcher, Christian Hutchins, Kiara Jones, Tyra Jone, Bradnesha Kearse, Jeremiah Leonard, Josiah Turner. Each youth received a certificate of participation, a public speaking medallion and a souvenir megaphone.
4-H volunteers of the year served as judges for the event. They were: Brady Kearse, TaMaira Banks, Paulette Brittingham-Stevens and, representing the 4-H Foundation, President Nora Campbell-Evans. 4-H member Trinity Turner served as hostess. DSU Sophomore Emerald Waters, Agriculture major, shared her college experience with the youths and encouraged them to continue their education and the benefits of being involved with 4-H.
CloverBuds: Johnny Brown, Kiara Jones, Cynthia Freeman
Beginners: Kurtis Wells 1st, Tyra Jones, Paris Bigelow, honorable mention, Hunter Piekaskie 2nd , Jenascia Fletcher, Josiah Turner
Tweens-to-Teens Division: Jeremiah Leonard, Londyn Woolfork honorable mention, Bradnesha Kearse, Kayla Wells 1st place, Tejonah Bigelow, not pictured Shaina Eggleston 2nd place.
Junior Division: Monica Becton honorable mention, Otis Winding 1st , Abigail Hutchins 2nd
Senior Division: Nia Becton 1st and Pratigya Paudel 2nd
Farm Tour 2013
Nearly 2,000 Delaware school children are scheduled to visit the farm this week! Stay tuned for more pics from DSU's Hickory Hill farm!