The Albany Centennial 4-H Club has chosen seven of its best aspiring orators to participate in the organization's annual District Communications Event.
As part of their 4-H year, each of the 28 members of the Albany Centennial 4-H Club must complete a communication project.
Five finalists and two alternates have been chosen to move on to regionals in Summerside in April.
Jessica Larsen, from Cape Traverse, presented her senior speech, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Patrick Lauwerijssen, of Irishtown, demonstrated how to make a "Self-Crusting Apple Pie" for the junior demonstration category.
Claire and William Keough, of Cape Traverse, competed in the intermediate speech category. Claire's speech shared the story of her grandmother, Lorraine Noonan, who is a long-serving 4-H leader. William shared his thoughts on "Why Did You Do That?" regarding the origins of customs like saying, "bless you" when someone sneezes. The alternate intermediate speaker is Cam Schurman, from Bedeque, with his speech, "My Trip To Quebec."
In the Junior category, Isabelle Craig, from North Tryon, will spoke about, "Grandpa Bob In A Skirt (kilt)"
The Junior Alternate speaker is Austin Keough, of Cape Traverse, with his speech entitled, "You Just Got To Believe,” chronicling his passion and dedication to the "Turk" Gallant-coached Vegas Golden Knights.
Six judges, each with a 4-H background, provided the youth with pointers and comments noting the skills needed to be successful public speakers. The judges included Jackie Harlow, 4-H Specialist; Jenna Kenny, an Albany 4-H Alumni and current leader; Heather Dixon, from North Tryon; Joan Gardiner, Overall Leader from Lot 16 4-H Club; Ella Wood and Brett Francis, North River 4-H Alumni members.