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Grainger Today Correspondent Reporter
RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County 4-H oratorical contest was held November 28 at Grainger High School.
The competition is open to students in fourth through 12th grade. Elementary grade participants deliver a speech ranging from one to four minutes on any topic. High school students prepare a five-to-seven-minute speech on topics related to 4-H. The speeches are judged on delivery, audience reaction, subject matter, composition, presentation and use of language.
Grainger County Extension Agent Matt Mcginnis said all the participants worked hard to prepare for the competition.
While public speaking is considered one of the most difficult activities to complete, it is also considered one of the most beneficial skills for the future.
More than 30 participants competed in this year’s event. The winners of the fourth-through-eighth grade competition will continue to the subregional level competition, February 22.
High school winner, Alexandria Lynn, will progress to competition at the University of Tennessee in February.