Projects, Contests & Activities

For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Stacy Smith, 1775 S 8000 E, Angola, IN 46703, Home 260 665-8348, Cell 260 316-4585,

Extemporaneous Speaking Contests

To provide a means for youth to gain and share general horticultural knowledge while improving communication skills.

Who Can Participate

15-18 and 19-22 years old (individuals)

Project Requirements

Participants draw three topics at random. They have up to one minute to select a topic and to write up to 25 words on a note card. They announce their topic and give a three to five minute presentation on the selected topic. Flash cards will indicate the time that has elapsed. Points will be lost if the talk is under three minutes or above five minutes.


National Award Winner -- Up to three individuals are eligible to receive a medal in each of the two age groups. National Award Winners are eligible to return for competition the following year in the same age division. In the event that a report of sufficient quality is not entered, no National Award will be presented.

Grand National Award Winner -- One individual is eligible to receive this award in each age group. A Grand National Award winner is not eligible for further competition in the same age division of the area of competition. A Grand National Award Winner in the 15 to 18 year old category may return the following year in the 19 to 22 year old category even though they may not be 19 years old. In the event that a presentation of sufficient quality is not given, no Grand National Award will be presented. A Grand National winner may also receive a cash award in this competition.

Jack B. Leaver
1088 Fountain View
Circle #3
Holland, MI 49423
Phone 616 298-2433

Entry Deadline

September 23.

Extemporaneous Speaking Scoresheet PDF