Oneida County youth recognized for demonstration skills
Courtesy of Oneida County 4-H
ONEIDA COUNTY – Six Oneida County youth participated in the Oneida County Youth Demonstration Festival held virtually on Sunday, April 11.
The participants were:
- Jackson Bender, grade 6, Three Lakes: “How to make a LEGO cat.”
- Hannah Bender, grade 4, Three Lakes: “How to make a three-ingredient chocolate mug cake.”
- Makayla Wachal, grade 3, Rhinelander: “Caring for a pet.”
- Logan Wachal, grade Kindergarten, Rhinelander: “How to make a peanut butter, chocolate-chip tortilla.”
- Quinn Williams, grade 3, Rhinelander: “The 5 basic ballet positions.”
- Elise Williams, grade 1, Rhinelander: “How to knead dough.”
Participants were asked to prepare, organize, and present a skill or “do-it-yourself” activity using visual aids and teaching skills.
As a reward for participating, each participant received a 4-H demonstration medal provided by the Oneida County 4-H Leaders’ Association and a free kids meal certificate donated by Culver’s in Rhinelander.
“Having viewed many demonstrations over the years, I feel that these young people showed more excitement, determination, and poise than I have seen ever in a group as a whole,” said Lynn Feldman, president of the Oneida County 4-H Leaders’ Association, who also led the demonstrations festival event. “They weren’t just well-prepared, they wanted to be there. That came through in their smiles, eagerness to answer questions, and attention to every other participant.”
Participants also received feedback on their demonstration skills from panel of volunteer judges, which included Erica Brewster and Jim and Kathy Winkler.
“The purpose of the demonstration festival is to help youth develop self-confidence in speaking as well as self-esteem in who they are as people,” Feldman said. “The 4-H motto, ‘to make the best better,’ is accomplished through experience and feedback. Building self-esteem and confidence is done by showing students how they can make their best better in the future.”
Oneida County 4-H is for all youth ages 5-19 and is free to join anytime. For more information, visit www.oneida.extension.wisc.edu/4h/about-4-h/, call 715-365-2750, or email Anne Williams, Oneida County 4-H Program Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oneida County 4-H is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oneidacounty4hwis.