4-H Contest Day Brings Educational Opportunities to Highland Youth

4-H Contest Day programs offer a myriad of benefits for youth, fostering holistic development and instilling valuable life skills. These programs serve as dynamic platforms for skill cultivation, providing participants with a diverse array of competitions spanning public speaking, STEM, arts, and agriculture. Through these contests, youth not only refine subject-specific expertise but also hone essential skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork.


This year, Highland County 4-Hers will have the opportunity to show their skills in presentation, public speaking, radio spot, fashion review, educational display, and table setting. The Share the Fun category also offers a talent-show-like setting for students to share dance, drama, instrumental, variety, or vocal routines. 


Participation in contests contributes significantly to the confidence-building process. The opportunity to showcase talents and skills, coupled with the potential for recognition and accolades, bolsters self-esteem. Success in these competitions becomes a tangible testament to their capabilities, encouraging a positive self-image that extends beyond the contest area.


In essence, these programs serve as comprehensive educational experiences, offering a rich tapestry of learning that extends far beyond traditional classroom settings. The benefits accrued-ranging from skill acquisition and confidence building to community engagement and leadership development – position 4-H Contest Day programs as invaluable contributors to the holistic growth of youth.


Based on age, Highland County 4-Hers can earn $25 for Junior 4-H Camp or 4-H Congress by participating. Students must register by February 28. And again, the contest will be held March 1 on the Highland School Cafeteria stage.


For more information or to register, contact the extension office at 540-468-2225.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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