CLEWISTON — The 34th annual 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest was held at Central Elementary School on April 27 composed of fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
In the fourth and fifth grade division: First place was awarded to Angelita Izaguirre of Westside Elementary School with her speech titled “Soldier’s.” Second place went to Chanel Hunter of Eastside Elementary with her speech titled “Michelle Obama.” Katelyn Diaz of Country Oaks Elementary School achieved third place with her speech titled “Video Game Warfare.” Hendrix Kurtz of Clewiston Christian School took honorable mention with his speech titled “Lincoln.”
The Judges Choice Awards in the fourth and fifth grade division were awarded to the following speakers: Most Humorous Award went to Ayden Zambrana (CES), Ben Austin (UES) received the Most Educational Award. Damien Soto (COES) was honored with the Most Original Award. Best Presentation of a Serious Issue was awarded to Daniela Cruz (LES). Most Inspirational went to Emma Davis (WES).
In the sixth-grade division: Clewiston Christian School’s J-Lynne Billie captured first place with her speech titled “What Hero Means to Me.” Second place was awarded to Janelle Castro of Clewiston Middle School with her speech titled “Influential Women.” Placing third was Izabella Chance of LaBelle Middle School with her speech titled “I’m a Fan, I’m a Volunteer.” Elyonna Padillo of Clewiston Middle School took honorable mention with her speech titled “Cosplay.”
The Judges Choice Awards in the sixth-grade division were awarded to the following speakers: Most Humorous Award went to Riley Sutton (CCS). Kadence Mergott (CMS) captured the Most Educational Award. Annabeth Paige (CCS) was honored with the Most Original Award. Vanessa Ramos (LMS) with the Best Presentation of a Serious Issue and the Most Inspirational Award went to Dexter Day Cherry (LMS).
The winners of the speech contest received a wooden plaque containing the 4-H/Tropicana Speech emblem sponsored by Tropicana Products, Inc. In addition to the plaques, first through third place winners were awarded cash awards in the amounts of $30, $20, and $10, respectively, sponsored by Hendry County 4-H. along with the first-place winners receiving a scholarship to attend 4-H Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid in the summer of 2022. The winners of the Judges Choice Awards received trophies sponsored by Florida 4-H Foundation.
To all the speakers, you did a fantastic job in presenting your speeches. To the school coordinators and teachers involved with the 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest, you did an outstanding job in preparing your students for the school contest as well as for the county contest. Furthermore, thank you parents for getting your child to the competition and all the help you gave them. Many thanks to Mr. Martin Espinoza, Mrs. Paige Raulerson Howell, and Mr. Bill Tillett for taking time from their busy schedules to serve as official judges. Finally, thank you to our sponsor, Tropicana Products, Inc and Florida 4-H Foundation for making this event possible as well as the Hendry County School Board for allowing the contest to be held at Central Elementary School.