By Carmen Kaufman
Members of the Springhouse 4-H Club competed in their annual Speeches and Demonstrations in the Columneetza Secondary School cafeteria on Feb. 23.
Each club in the district must hold this function and the top two contenders from each category are eligible to attend the district level competition.
The categories include speak and shows, demonstrations and speeches.
The only “speak and show” at this year’s event was Wyatt Armes, showing the audience of fellow 4-H members, judges, family and friends how to make a steer halter.
The lone demonstration was that of Tyler and Andrew Stafford, a quick tutorial of how to make their dad’s favourite peanut-butter cookies.
Speeches, as usual, were the most popular presentation.
There were a variety of topics from the three junior and 13 senior speakers.
Senior members were given the impromptu topic of how they have changed since their first year in 4-H.
It was interesting to hear their stories of metamorphosis.
Judges Mrs. Jasper, Mrs. Cameron and Ms.Watt placed Matt Armes first for the senior with his speech on High School Rodeo National Championships in Wyoming (mainly the outrageous drive down there) and Heather LeBlanc second with her speech on Banner Chasing.
Nicolas Flinton ranked highest for the juniors with his speech on his first year in rodeo and James Kaufman second with his speech on Say Yes 2 It (a trades training workshop).
All in all it was a great day filled with innovative and original presentations from young members of our community.