Virtual State Presentation Day (May 18-31)

About Presentation Day

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Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the desired skill sets of professionals. Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. A 4-H presentation can be a demonstration, include audio-visual aids, and involve problem solving. Through their presentations, youth learn to research a subject, organize their ideas into a logical order and practice public speaking skills. See quick tips on presentation types and requirements

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Register by May 13, 2020 by 5:00pm

Presentation Day May 18 to 31

Virtual State 4-H Presentation Day Announcement

Two-hour time slots available daily from May 18 to May 31, 2020.
After qualifying at an Area 4-H Presentation Day (either in-person or virtual April 11 to May 13), youth may register to present at the State 4-H Presentation Day during a 2-hour time block offered between May 18 – 31, 2020. Time blocks are first-come, first-served.

            Weeknights: 6:00 – 8:00pm

            Weekends: 10:00 – 12:00pm & 1:00 – 3:00pm

Procedures: After registering, youth presenters will receive a confirmation for their time block with a zoom meeting link. During their scheduled time block, youth will log on with a computer/tablet or smart phone and present in front of a camera/webcam. They may use poster boards and props (if the category permits these) or using digital slides by “sharing my screen.” All requirements from the 4-H Presentation Manual apply; except modifications may be required for group presentations, such as Share the 4-H Fun Skit or Cultural Arts, depending on government-required social distancing and/or shelter-in-place directives.

Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally, which will be sent to the “tally room.” Awards will be announced at the Virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 31, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm. Evaluation forms will be emailed by June 12 by the respective contest coordinator. Certificates and pins will be mailed to UCCE 4-H county offices by June 30 (depending on shelter-in-place restrictions).

Presentation Day Information


  • 4-H members (9 years old and above) who have been awarded a gold seal in an Area 4-H Presentation Day (either in-person or virtual April 11 to May 13) may compete with the same presentation (and the same presenters*) for which the seal was awarded.
  • 4-H members may give only one presentation at the State 4-H Presentation Day along with one Share the 4-H Fun Skit**.

* All of the presenters who qualified in a team presentation must be present to participate. For Share the 4-H Fun Skits, fewer team members may be present but teams cannot add new members.

** Due to shelter-in-place orders, members may not be able to present a Share the 4-H Fun Skit, or will need to be creative in how they present their skit without being in the same room/place. 

Progression from county to area to state presentation day


  • The State 4-H Presentation Day follows the current  4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016 .
  • Presentations are divided according to category and age group. The oldest member of the team determines the age category.
    • Junior (9-10 years old)
    • Intermediate (11-13 years old)
    • Senior (14-19 years old).
  • Presenters must give the same presentation in the same category in which they qualified at an Area Presentation Day.
  • Presenters in a category may also compete in the Share the 4-H Fun Skit category.
  • No substitutions in presenters are allowed. Presentations must be given by the same individuals who qualified at a sectional event.
    • If a team presentation qualified, then it must be presented by the same team members at the State 4-H Presentation Day.
    • All qualifying team members must be present to give the team presentation. If one team member cannot attend, that team is disqualified from the team presentation. 
    • The only exception is the Share the 4-H Fun skit category, where a team can still present even if they are missing individuals (but they cannot add new individuals).


Evaluators observe youth presentations and provide written feedback to help youth improve their public speaking abilities. Evaluators take the
perspective that they are an educator and are reviewing presentations to offer insights on what youth are doing well and where they need improvement. 


  • 4-H volunteer leaders, 4-H staff, 4-H members (older than 16 years of age and not giving a presentation), or someone else with experience in public speaking. 


  • Complete online course, "4-H Presentation Day Evaluator Orientation" before the evaluator orientation.
  • Attend an evaluator orientation, choose one:
    • Thursday, May 14: 6:00-8:00pm via Zoom.
    • Saturday, May 16, 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom.
  • Become familiar with the 4-H Presentation Manual 2016.
  • Evaluate 6 presentations during one time slot (or sign-up for multiple time slots). 
  • Complete the digital evaluation form and provide written positive and constructive feedback to help each presenter improve.

Youth Room Host

Youth room hosts help ensure a smooth functioning set of presentations. In the virtual 2020 State 4-H Presentation Day, they will have Zoom "Host" responsibilities. State 4-H Presentation Day Room Host Guidelines


  • 4-H members age 9 to 18; senior members with experience in Zoom preferred


  • Attend a room host orientation, choose one:
    • Thursday, May 14: 6:00-8:00pm via Zoom.
    • Saturday, May 16, 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom.
  • Become familiar with the 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016.
  • Become familiar with "Host" controls in Zoom.
  • Introduce the presenters and give the presenters any needed assistance.
  • Ask the evaluators if they are ready for the next presenter.

Zoom Technology

Youth will present at home using the virtual meeting platform using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Youth are encouraged to log in 15-minutes in advance to ensure their webcam, mic, and speakers are working.

Required equipment:

  • Computer/Tablet with webcam, microphone, and speakers and wifi connection
  • Or ¨ smart phone with camera

The Zoom app should be installed on the computer/tablet or smart phone. Download the software at Video tutorials are available at

HINT: Youth presenters may want to sign-up for a free Zoom account to practice at home!

Check Your Tech Prepare to Participate
  1. Connect and test your Zoom audio.
  2. If you’re calling in, enter your participant ID number to link your computer and phone. Find it next to your name in the “Participants” sidebar.  On your phone, press # [number] # to connect.
  3. Activate your camera.
  4. Use Zoom’s Gallery View to see the whole group.
  5. If you need tech help, type [Room Host Name] in the Zoom chat box for assistance.
  • Remain on-camera at all times (Except if you are experiencing Internet bandwidth issues).
  • Remain available-to-be-on-mic. Mute while others are speaking/presenting, but be ready to participate.
  • Turn devices to airplane mode and close other windows on your computer to avoid distractions.
  • Use the phrase “I’m complete…” or “I’m done…” when done speaking.
  • Use nonverbal tools in Zoom to raise your hand.

Helpful Zoom tips

ZORMS (Zoom meeting norms and good practices)

  • Zoom allows for connection through computer/table where audio (mic & speakers) are connected to the computer. Zoom also allows for hybrid connections where the computer/table captures video but one can call-in over traditional phone network for audio. This is useful in situations where the Internet speed/bandwidth is slow; users can have higher quality sound by calling in on a phone but continue to see and share video through their computer/tablet.
  • Those who call in through their phone need to press *6 to mute or unmute.
  • Those connecting via computer/tablet need to know how to adjust their mic and sound. There are two sets of controls for mic and speaker settings: (1) those in the computer setting itself, and (2) another setting in the zoom meeting room. The zoom meeting room settings are found in the lower left corner of the screen. Make sure the correct microphone and speaker are selected for your device.

2020 Impromptu Categories

Categories for impromptu presentations are available so the presenter is expected to have completed basic research. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference during the delivery of the impromptu speech. More information is available in the 4-H Presentation  Manual. At State 4-H Presentation Day, participation in Impromptu Speeches is limited to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members. See the full descriptions of the 2020 Impromptu Categories (PDF)

Impromptu Presentation - Senior (14-19 years old)

  • Youth Activism (Civic Engagement)
  • Mental Health (Healthy Living)
  • Character (Leadership)
  • Environmental Science (STEM)

Impromptu Presentation - Intermediate (11-13 years old)

  • My Neighborhood
  • My 4-H Club

See the full descriptions of the 2020 Impromptu Categories (PDF)

Special Recognition Focus Areas has been discontinued.

Categories for all age groups with examples

  1. Demonstration
  2. Illustrated Talk (Intermediate), Illustrated Talk (Intermediate)
  3. Science or Engineering Presentation (Senior)
  4. Educational Display Talk (Intermediate), Educational Display Talk (Intermediate)
  5. Informative Prepared Speech (Intermediate)
  6. Persuasive Prepared Speech (Senior)
  7. Impromptu Speech
  8. Interpretive Reading (Intermediate),  Interpretive Reading (Senior)
  9. Share the 4-H Fun Skit (Senior) 
  10. Cultural Arts (Senior)

Request for Feedback on the 4-H Presentation Manual; respond to survey by June 15
Request for Feedback on the 4-H Presentation Manual; respond to survey by June 15

Competition Coordinators

Competition Coordinators: 

State Presentation Day Contest Steven Worker
   Evaluator Orientation Kate Lyn Sutherland 
   Room Host Orientation Brenda Vales 
   Technology Curtis Ullerich 
   Virtual Tally Room Captain Sadie Camacho 
   Virtual Tally Room Helper Mary Ann Smith
   Zoom Room Host  Steven Worker
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Vera Bullard 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Jenna Colburn 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Nicole Marshall-Wheeler 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Stephanie Barrett 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Brenda Vales 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Claudia Diaz
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Yu Meng 
   Zoom Room Host (alternative) Sadie Camacho