Seaside Neighborhood School recently announced the winners of the 2018 Florida 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.

Sixth Grade

1st Place: Ava Richardson (“How to Live Life in a Positive Way”)

2nd Place: Isobel Reeves (“A Dog's Life”)

3rd Place: Chloe Stanley (“Best Family Trip”)

Fifth Grade

1st Place: Gigi Sumpter (“The Man on the $10 Bill”)

2nd Place: Elsie Bartlum (“The Plastic Pollution Problem”)

3rd Place: Declan Fowler (“The Colombia Manner Haunted House”)

Working with youth in grades 4-6, the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. More than 150,000 young people in over 50 Florida counties in grades 4-6 participated in the contest on an annual basis.

“Public speaking is a vital life-long skill. We are proud to see our Seaside Neighborhood School students recognized for the hard work they have demonstrated in honing their elocution talents,” said Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson.

Tropicana, a division of PepsiCo, has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, medallions for school winners, trophies for county winners, summer camp scholarships and Tropicana orange juice refreshments for county contests. Since it began, nearly 2 million students have participated in this program.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Over 230,000 members in the state of Florida help to make up the community of more than 6.5 million young people across America. 4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth. Florida 4-H is the youth development program of Florida Cooperative Extension, a part of the University of Florida IFAS.