Kiwanis 4-H presentation held

Photos submitted to Times Observer Using a slideshow to illustrate the greatness of Country Music and Guitars, Melissa Bennett earned a blue ribbon at the 29th Annual Kiwanis 4-H Presentations program.

The 29th annual Kiwanis 4-H Presentation program was held on Saturday, March 11, at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. The event kicked off Pennsylvania 4-H Week which is being celebrated across the state. Warren County 4-H members put to practice their public speaking skills in front of family, friends, and Warren Kiwanis Club members.

Members were broken into two divisions: junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 13-18). Members earned blue, red, or white rosette ribbons along with a monetary award provided by the Kiwanis Club of Warren for their presentation. Three categories of speeches were available for members to select. The categories included public speech, illustrated talk, and demonstration. Topics for the speeches were selected by the 4-H member.

The first 4-H member to give a speech, senior Melissa Bennett of Youngsville, discussed her passion for country music with her speech, Country Music and Guitars. She earned a blue ribbon for her illustrated talk. Rhiannon Chances of Warren provided a public speech on Awareness. Her courageous and straightforward speech earned her a blue ribbon. Jillian Jackson of Jamestown, NY offered a speech on Vaccinations. Her research into the overuse of vaccinations earned her a blue ribbon. Samantha Hulings of Kane also earned a blue ribbon for her speech on the Protection of Horses. Samantha discussed the cruel practice of soring which inflicts pain on the hooves of horses to make them kick up their feet. Josey Campbell of Spring Creek earned a blue ribbon for his illustrated talk on Sharks. He selected just a few shark species out of the 400 plus that have been found in the oceans around the world. The last speech for the senior division was given by Brielle Whitney of Sugar Grove. Modern Technology was the topic of her speech which earned her a blue ribbon. The pro’s and cons of technology gave the audience a variety of topics to review.

The first junior member to present was Sawyer Lawson of Pittsfield. He presented an illustrated talk on, Hercules. Sawyer earned a blue ribbon for his presentation. Katelyn Bennett of Youngsville illustrated the many difference between Pioneer life and Modern man. The blue ribbon speech entitled, Pioneer People vs Modern Man explored the vast difference in accessibility and availability of food and medical supplies. Jonah Bennett of Youngsville, discussed his pet gecko, Ruger. The illustrated talk used photographs and a recent shedding from his gecko to detail the care needed in raising a reptile. He earned a blue ribbon. Hialeah Stanton of Russell presented Making Cookies for a demonstration. She detailed the ingredients needed to make delicious M&M cookies that she shared with the audience. She earned a blue ribbon. The final junior presentation was provided by Isaac Smith of Youngsville. His public speech entitled, Mid-South Regional Show, offered insight to the purebred swine show he recently attended in Mississippi. The excitement of traveling with animals that have been bred and raised on their farm earned him a blue ribbon.

The Warren County 4-H program thanks the Kiwanis Club of Warren for judging the presentations. This year’s judges included: John Beard, John DuShaw, Michael Delprince, and Al Webster. The program qualifies senior division blue ribbon 4-H members to participate in 4-H State Achievement Days at Penn State, August 1-3. Additional information on the state program can be acquired at

The 4-H program is a youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. It is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 18, without regard to ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or place of residence. If you would like to learn more about the Warren County 4-H program, contact the Penn State Extension office in Youngsville at (814) 563-9388.