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Cass County participants in the District 4-H Communication Arts Contest were: back row, left right: Rachel Danielson, Arianna Alvarez, Sarah Dodge, Mikayla Dodge; and front row, left to right: Astrid Axtman, Anna Stopplerworth, and Joslin Forness.

Youth receive honors at District Communication Arts Contest

community Fargo,North Dakota 58102
Youth receive honors at District Communication Arts Contest
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

The 2011 District 4-H Communication Arts Contest was held June 7 at Centennial Elementary School in Fargo with youth from Cass, Richland, and Traill counties participating. Colleen Svingen, NDSU/Richland County Extension Agent hosted the awards.

The event included youth giving presentations in a number of categories including: demonstrations, illustrated talk, public speaking, interpretive reading, dramatic presentation, short takes, video production and commercials.

Maxine J. Nordick, Extension Agent/4-H Youth for Cass County, who coordinated the event, stated, "This event helps young people to build self-confidence, poise and good communication skills. It's encouraging to see so many young members participating so enthusiastically."

Judges were: Jean Hoerer, Wahpeton; Mylie Lavold, director of the 4-H Foundation; Rita Ussatis, NDSU/Cass County Extension Agent; and Andy Johnson, NDSU/Steele County Extension Agent.

Assisting were: Ken Nichols, NDSU/Traill County Extension Agent; Tiffany Stoppler, NDSU/Cass County intern; Nikki Pedeliski NDSU/Richland County intern; and Jennifer Manstrom, volunteer from Richland County.

Sponsors for the North Dakota 4-H Communication Arts Program are N.D. 4-H Foundation, N.D. Beef Commission, Cenex Harvest States Foundation, and N.D. Rural Electric Cooperatives: Cavalier Rural Electric Co-op, Inc., KEM Electric Co-op, Inc., Northern Plains Electric Co-op, Slope Electric, Verendrye Electric Co-op, Inc., and Cass County Electric Co-op, Inc. Service Foundation.

Youth who received top honors included:

Preteen Interpretive Reading/Humorous: first place, Anna Stoppleworth, Horace, Cass County; honorable mention: Catherine Manstrom, Wyndmere, Richland County.

Preteen Public Speaking: first place: Rachel Danielson, Fargo, Cass County.

Preteen Illustrated Talk/Individual: first place: Ben Mueller, Cummings, Traill County.

Preteen Demonstration/Individual: first place: Joslin Forness, West Fargo, Cass County; honorable mention: Astrid Axtman, Fargo, Cass County.

Preteen Commercial: first place: Anna Stoppleworth, Horace, Cass County.

Teen Interpretive Reading/Serious: first place: Emily Lothspeich, Wyndmere, Richland County.

Teen Dramatic Presentation: first place: Sarah Dodge, Davenport, Cass County; honorable mention: Catherine Manstrom and Emily Lothspeich, Wyndmere, Richland County;

Teen Public Speaking: first place, Harshita Gaba, Fargo, Cass County; honorable mention: Arianna Alvarez, Kindred, Cass County.

Teen Commercial/Team: first place, Abby Mueller, Cummings, Traill County; honorable mention, Sarah Mueller, Cummings and Elli Lemm, Hillsboro, Traill County.

Teen Short Takes: first place, Sarah Dodge, Davenport, Cass County.

Teen Video Production: first place, Abby Braaten, Barney, Richland County.

Teen Illustrated Talk/Individual: first place, Jennifer Norton, Cummings, Traill County.