Sevier County 4-H members brought home honors from the sub-regional and regional 4-H public speaking contest held recently in Knoxville.
Senior 4-H members participated in the Eastern Region Contest with county winners from 33 East Tennessee Counties. The contest was held at The University of Tennessee. Sevier County winners taking part included – 9th grade, Alexis Hall-Gatlinburg Pittman High School; 10th grade, Lauren Jenkins, Pigeon Forge High School; 11th grade, Heather Hatcher, Pigeon Forge High School and 12th grade, Christina Lulich, Gatlinburg Pittman High School.
Christina was the Eastern Region winner at the 12th grade level. As regional winner, she has won a trip to State 4-H Congress in Nashville, March 27 – 30, to compete in the State Public Speaking Contest. Individually placing at each grade level, Alexis placed 8th, Lauren 7th and Heather 5th high.
The Big Nine Sub-Regional event was held at Central Bearden Baptist Church, Knoxville. Fourth through eighth grade county winners from nine surrounding counties participated. Sevier County winners included; Lindsey Hedrick, 4th grade, Homeschool; Rahul Bojhowni, 5th grade, Pi Beta Phi; Christopher Whaley, 6th grade, Pi Beta Phi; Rachel Jenkins, 7th grade, Pigeon Forge Middle School and Jalynn Gamble, 8th grade, Catlettsburg. As individuals, Lindsey placed third high overall.
The Public Speaking Contest is one of many 4-H opportunities available to 4-H members in Sevier County. For more information about Sevier County 4-H opportunities, call 453-3695.
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