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4-H District Communication Arts Contest held virtually


June 29, 2020

Young people from Wells, Stutsman, Eddy and Foster counties competed in the 4-H District Communication Arts Contest held at this year via video submission due to the COVID-19 situation. The event was hosted by Foster County. Communication Arts is the 4-H speech and demonstration competition that is held at the county, district and state levels. Participants are encouraged to use their own creativity and originality in preparing their public presentation. The Communication Arts program is open to any youth involved in extension youth programs. It includes three age divisions. The Cloverbud division present but do not compete. Cloverbuds are youth finishing or completed Kindergarten through second grade. The Junior division (youth 8-12 years old) and the Senior division (youth ages 13-18) compete to earn the right to represent the district at the State Contest, which will be held live via Zoom on July 20, 2020. Winners over the age of 13 were also provided a paid Extension Youth Conference Registration fee.

Participation gifts were given to all participants. Medallions were provided to Champions (Junior and Senior). Rosettes were awards to Honorable Mentions. Cloverbuds earned participation ribbons.

Cloverbud Participants

Cade Helseth, Eddy County; Trinity Opp, Stutsman County; Benjamin Weckerly and Hailey Widicker, Wells County

Junior Division


• Eddy County: Joie Helseth, Interpretive Reading Junior Individual.

• Stutsman County: Destiny Opp, Drama Individual; Annabelle Rittenbach and Elizabeth Rittenbach, Mass Media Team.

• Wells County: Ella Allmaras, Demonstration Individual; Layne Allmaras, Illustrated Talks Individual; Roxanne Snively, Mass Media Individual; and Remington Snively, Mass Media Senior Team.

Other Junior Division


• Honorable mention: Remington Snively, Wells County, Illustrated Talks.

• Eddy County: Chaztin Wobbema, Demonstration Senior Team

• Foster County: Paige Black, Interpretive Reading Individual

• Stutsman County: Anabelle Rittenbach, Interpretive Reading Individual; Elizabeth Rittenbach, Interpretive Reading Individual; and Destiny Opp, Illustrated Talks Individual

• Wells County: Malachi Anderson, Interpretive Reading Individual; Jerome Gibson, Interpretive Reading Individual, Addie Allmaras, Demonstration Individual; Elise Weckerly, Demonstration Individual; and Roxanne Snively, Speech Individual.

Senior Division Champions

• Eddy County: Macey Wobbema, Demonstration Individual

• Stutsman County: Logan Motter, Interpretive Reading Senior Individual, Logan Motter, Drama Indivdual

• Wells County: Ryan Snively, Illustrated Talks Individual; and Ryan Snively, Mass Media Team.

Senior Division


• Eddy County: Lora Wobbema, Demonstration Senior Team

• Wells County: Harold Gibson, Interpretive Reading Senior Individual; and Gabe Allmaras, Demonstration Individual.

The 4-H Communication Arts program has five primary objectives:

•To help participants develop communication skills that are useful throughout a lifetime.

• To provide participants an opportunity to practice skills before a group.

• To provide participants an opportunity to gather and organize information, equipment and props for public presentation.

• To develop participants confidence in making public presentations.

• To evaluate and enhance communication skills.


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