Communication Contest

Youth are invited to showcase their communication skills and share your knowledge in four styles of communication:  Speaking, Puppetry, Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks.  As a pre-fair event, the Communication Contest is open to all youth members of recognized youth organizations in Lincoln County between kindergarten and 13th grade (one year out of high school and not to extend beyond the age of 19).

The 2017 Communication Contest was  held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9 am at the Lincoln County Service Center.  Thank you to Maxine and Peter Schuetze and Becky Schlief who coordinated the event.  Congratulations to all of our participants.

2017 Communication Contest Results

Watch for information about the 2018 Contest in December.

 

Communications Contest Guidelines

For all county activities, groups may consist of any combination of enrolled 4-H members.

Use good judgment on your entry selection.   Parents/leaders are asked to preview performances to make sure appropriate for all ages of youth.  Profanity is prohibited.

Videotaping/recording of your child’s group performance for personal use is allowed. Videotaping/recording of entries as your submission for any county contest (Drama, Lip Sync and Music Festival, Communications Contest) will not be allowed.  Performances must be live.

The 4-H Board of Directors made the decision on March 23, 2013 for all county events, awards will be given out at the end of the event.  If participants need to leave the event before the awards are presented, their awards will be mailed or distributed to them at a later date.

General Guidelines

1. Open to all youth members of recognized youth organizations, grades 5-year old Kindergarten-13 (not to extend beyond the age of 19) .  (Youth may also participate in performance by serving as stage help (i.e. scenery, costumes, make up, etc.  Youth participating in this manner should also be included on the registration indicating their role.)

2. The same entry may not have been presented in a previous 4-H competition.

3. Participants may choose to use a podium.

4. An exhibitor should be enrolled in the project in which they are giving their presentation or have carried the project in previous years.

5. Certificates of participation and ribbons will be awarded.  Judging for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions will be done on the Danish system with county fair premiums being awarded.  Please be sure to include entries on fair entry form (see Fair Exhibitor Handbook – Department 18 or 31 for complete listing).  Participants are required to present their entry at the County Fair in order to receive their premium.

6. Each entry will be judged/critiqued (oral and written), except Cloverbuds who will receive participation ribbon (not judged or part of the county fair).

7. Classes and premiums are as per county fair exhibitor handbook.  Refer to this for additional requirements.

8. Participants are required to participate in the Communications Contest exhibit at the County Fair or they will not receive their premium.  This exhibit is usually held on Saturday afternoon at the Fair.

9. If you use props that create a mess (i.e. straw, hay, etc.), try to wrap them in something and ask coordinator of the event for equipment to clean up after yourself.  This will help everyone involved.

Speaking Guidelines:

1. An individual may enter any category or a group of 2 – 5 members may enter a Reading of Prose, Reading of Poetry, or Storytelling entry.  For groups:

  • Average grade of group will be used to determine division.
  • All group members will read from a script.
  • Entry should not be from a play script.

2. The entries in “Original Speech” must be original and developed by the youth.  Adults may assist.

3. Subject is your choice.  You may enter in the following categories (may enter in up to two categories; may enter an individual and a group entry):

  • Original Speech – original material written by the speaker on any topic, may use notes.
  • Reading of Prose – includes narratives and original and non-original stories;  may use notes or books.
  • Reading of Poetry – may be original or non-original poem either in verse form or open-ended; a series of poems on the same subject may also be used; may use notes or books
  • Storytelling – an original or non-original story or fairy tale and telling the story without memorizing the exact words or reading

4. No visual aids or charts allowed for any category.

5. Divisions:

  • Cloverbuds: K-2nd Grade (1-2 minutes for individuals) (3-5 minutes for groups)
  • Junior: 3rd – 5th Grade (2-3 minutes for individuals) (6-10 minutes for groups)
  • Intermediate: 6th – 8th Grade (3-5 minutes for individuals) (10-13 minutes for groups)
  • Senior: 9th Grade & Older (5-8 minutes for individuals) (13-15 minutes for groups)

6.  The top entry in each grade division may receive a Best of Show ribbon at the judge’s discretion.

7.  Outstanding puppetry and speaking entries by members of any age may be eligible to attend the Wisconsin State Fair for one day of performances at judge’s discretion. A chaperon is required to attend State Fair for the performance day. To be considered for nomination for Wisconsin State Fair, you must indicate you are interested on your entry form.

Puppetry Guidelines:

1. Time length — 5-10 minutes

2. Stage/puppets/props–must supply your own–example: card board box, table cloth, chair, etc.–may be homemade or bought.   Microphone will be provided.

3. Script may be original or published.

4. Puppetry is different from lip sync performances. In puppetry, participants must speak / sing the actual words.

5. Will be judged on creativity and appeal.

6. Each performance is critiqued/judged (oral and written), except individual Cloverbuds or groups where the average age is Cloverbud age who will receive a participation ribbon (not judged or part of the county fair).

7. Puppets may be used in more than one performance by different people.

8. Participants may participate in one group performance and one other performance, but may only enter one in the county fair.

9. Best of Show ribbon may be given to top performance at judge’s discretion.

10. Outstanding puppetry and speaking entries by members of any age may be eligible to attend the Wisconsin State Fair for one day of performances at judge’s discretion.  A chaperon is required to attend State Fair for the performance day.  To be considered for nomination for Wisconsin State Fair, you must  indicate you are interested on your entry form.

Demonstration and Illustrated Talk Guidelines

1. Classes and premiums are as per Fair Exhibitor Handbook, including:

A. Individual Demonstrations:

  •  Agricultural subject area — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)
  • Home economics subject area — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)
  • Other subject area— (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)

B. Team Demonstrations (The oldest team member will designate the grade classification.)

  •  Agricultural subject area — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)
  • Home economics subject area — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)
  • Other subject area — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)

C. Individual Illustrated Talk

  •  Illustrated Talk — (Cloverbud)*; (Grades 3-5); (Grades 6-8): (Grades 9 and over)

*Not part of County Fair

2. Any exhibitor may give more than one demonstration and/or illustrated talk, but only one in any given premium number.

3. Demonstration is showing your audience how to do something with numerous props (i.e. demonstrating how to make microwave brownies, silly putty, etc.)  An Illustrated Talk is use of limited props (a poster, model or graph) to help illustrate a talk.

4. Time lengths for presentations:

  • Cloverbuds – 5-year old Kindergarten-2nd grade (team and individual): 1-2 minutes
  • Junior – 3rd-5th grade (team and individual): 3 – 5 minutes
  • Intermediate – 6th-8th grade  (team and individual): 6 – 10 minutes
  • Senior – 9th grade and older (team and individual): 11 – 15 minutes

5.  Best of Show ribbon may be given at judge’s discretion to the outstanding entry.

6.  Outstanding demonstrations by members 6th grade or older may be eligible to attend the Wisconsin State Fair at judge’s discretion. A chaperon is required to attend State Fair with the delegate. To be considered for nomination for Wisconsin State Fair, you must indicate you are interested on your entry form.

Communication Contest Rating Sheets:

Demonstration and Illustrated Talk Rating Sheet

Group Reading Rating Sheet

Individual Reading Rating Sheet

Original Speech Rating Sheet

Puppetry Rating Sheet