2020 Virtual 4-H Presentations

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4-H Presentations: The What & Why

If you were asked what is the NUMBER 1 FEAR among American people, what would you say, spiders, mice, heights, or snakes? Those indeed are fears but the NUMBER 1 FEAR is Public Speaking. The 4-H Presentations program is a competitive program that allows youth to develop the skills necessary to become a confident speaker. The beauty of 4-H Presentations is the 4-Her has the opportunity to explore their interest even further and present the information they are most passionate about. As an extra incentive to medals given for placing, 4-Hers also earn scholarships (for future events) and cash prizes.

What are the rules?

This year the rules for 4-H Presentation will differ from our traditional in-person competition to a virtual competition through video submission. The competitive component of the 4-H Presentation program begins for youth ages 8-18. These 4-Hers choose a topic of their choice, research, write, practice, and deliver a 5-15 minute presentation. The Bertie County 4-H Extension Agent is available to assist youth with presentation preparation such as topic identification/selection, outline, and organization.

There are three levels where youth can present their presentations outside of their club and/or home. These three are the County, District, and State levels. The County-Level or County Activity Day allows youth to share their presentation with their 4-H Agent and two other judges. This is a great level to start if you are unsure about talking in front of a large group. Also on the county level, the top two presenters in each category and age group will go on to compete on the District Level. The County Days for Bertie will be on June 3-6 (sign-up will open after registration closes on May 22nd). The District Level or District Activity Day is where the competition level increase as youth will be competing against youth from all 22 counties in the Northeast District. The top two winners in each category will be offered to present on the State Level, where they will compete against youth across NC. Some presentation categories have the 4th level and this would be the National Level.

Video Rules

  • Videos must be single cut- do not do several recordings and splice them together. SINGLE CUT ONLY- just as if youth are presenting live.
  • Judges must see the youth doing their presentations.
  • Teams– use Zoom or something similar to record you both on the screen at the same time. (Use co-host to share the roles).
  • Videos can not be bigger than 10GB- Smaller is Better.
  • Videos must be .mp4 file format or .mov as these are universal and we should be able to open them easily. Do not send links to the video (including YouTube.)
  • Please upload the video directly in the Google Folder that will be provided once registration opens for County Activity Day. The Bertie County 4-H Agent will submit videos for District Activity Day Competition

What is the Timeline?

  • Final Day For Category Sign-Ups
    Bertie County 4-H Presentation Category Sign-Ups
    May 22, 2020
  • County Activity Day(s)
    June 3-6, 2020
  • District Activity Day Video Submissions
    June 12, 2020
  • Score Sheets Returned (to prepare for State Presentations)
    July 3, 2020
  • 4-H State Presentations Video Submissions
    July 16, 2020

Video Tips:

  • Hold your phone or table horizontal (long ways and NOT up and down).
  • Make certain that you have a good light source. The more light you have the better your video will turn out. Also, do your best that shadows aren’t being cast onto your face.
  • Keep your device steady- Try to use a tripod, table, or any creative way to prevent recording device from moving around a lot.
  • Stand in front of a simple background ( a plain white or black sheet on the wall may work).
  • Don’t have the camera right up on you. Have it a few feet away.
  • Don’t Zoom in. If you need to, move your camera closer instead of zooming.
  • Test your audio. Camera phones and computers pick up all audio around you. Watch for background noises, when possible. If you have access to wireless headphones that you can make a phone call with, those will work excellently in capturing your voice.

    To learn more or have questions for 4-H Presentations, contact Guy A. Holley at gaholley@ncsu.edu.