State Presentation Events

About Presentations

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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

Questions? Please contact 4hsfd@ucanr.edu.
Competition Coordinator: Vera M. Bullard, vmbullard@ucanr.edu.

Registration is now closed.

Virtual: May 11 to 21, 2022

Online via ZOOM.

Two-hour time slots available:

  • May 11 (6:00 -8:00 pm)
  • May 14 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm, & 1:00 pm -3:00 pm)
  • May 18 (6:00 -8:00 p.m.)
  • May 21(10:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

Time blocks are first-come, first-served.

Procedures

After registering, youth presenters will receive a confirmation for their time block with a zoom meeting link a week after registration closes on April 29th. 

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.

Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally, which will be sent to the “tally room.”

Results will be announced at the Award Ceremony: May 29, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and evaluation will be emailed out shortly after.

In-Person: May 28, 2022
Wellman Hall & Hart Hall, UC Davis

Two-hour time slots available:

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Time blocks are first-come, first-served. Please see the Safety Measures for participating in-person at UC Davis.

Procedures

After registering, youth presenters will receive a confirmation email.

On the day of the event, youth will need to check-in in front of Wellman Hall to get their room assignments.

  • Morning presentations: Check in 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Afternoon presentations: Check in 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

During their scheduled time block, youth will go to the room they are assigned to and present when it is their turn.

Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally or using paper forms, which will be sent to the “tally room.”

Results will be announced at the Award Ceremony: May 29, 2022, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and evaluation will be emailed out shortly after or sent out with certificates.

Eligibility

  • 4-H members (9 years old and above) who have been awarded a gold or blue seal in an Virtual Regional (formerly Area) 4-H Presentation Day (April 9 to April 23) 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.

 

Categories for all age groups

Please see example videos linked in each category.

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

 

2022 Impromptu Categories

Presenters are expected to have completed basic research on the impromptu presentation topics for an impromptu presentation. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference during the delivery of their impromptu speech. More information is available in the 4-H Presentation Manual.

Participation in Impromptu Speeches is limited to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members. See the full descriptions of the 2022 Impromptu Categories (PDF)

Impromptu Presentation - Senior (14-19 years old)

  • Civic Responsibility (Civic Engagement)
  • Public Health and Pandemic Response (Healthy Living)
  • Importance of Mentors (Leadership)
  • Nature of Science (STEM)

Impromptu Presentation - Intermediate (11-13 years old)

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Goal Management
New Categories

Exemptions for State Presentation Day Qualification

The Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee is offering two new prototype 4-H Presentation Formats this year that do not require pre-qualification. You may sign-up for these in addition to your qualifying entry.

Infographic

Video Essay

 

Please see the Presentation Manual Addendum for descriptions of these new categories.

 

Equine Exemption

This year's Equine Presentation Day is being run as part of the 4-H State Presentation Day event. While equine youth are encouraged to enter their presentations at the county and regional levels, this qualification is being waived for Equine contestants who meet the following requirements:

  • Member must be enrolled in a 4-H equine project
  • Member must register for one of the equine approved presentation categories below:
    • Demonstration (Individual or Group*)
    • Illustrated Talk (Individual or Group*)
    • Informative Prepared Speech (Individual only)
  • Subject matter must pertain to the horse industry.

* To qualify for National Competition, Demonstration or Illustrated Talk  Groups must consist of a maximum of 2 participants who are both in the Senior Division. Please see the 4-H Equine Presentation Day event page for more information about national competition.

Rules

  • The State 4-H Presentation Events follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised January 2021 and the Presentation Manual Addendum.
  • 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 a Regional Presentation Event.
  • 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 regional 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).
  • The Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee offering two new prototype 4-H Presentation Formats this year that do not require pre-qualification! Youth may sign-up for these in addition to their qualifying entry.
    • Infographic
    • Video Essay
  • Equine Presentation participants must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for the Equine Exemption. Youth may sign-up for an Equine Presentation in addition to their qualifying entry.
  • Equine Presentation requires registering for Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, or Informative Prepared Speech. Subject matter must pertain to the horse industry.
  • Please see the Equine Presentation Day event page for more information about qualifying for national competition.

Zoom Technology

Youth will present at home using the https://zoom.us/ 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 https://zoom.us/download/. Video tutorials are available at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

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.

Volunteer for State Presentation Events

Evaluators

4-H adult volunteers and staff as well as 4-H members older than 16 and not competing in the Presentation Events can volunteer to be an Evaluator. In this role, you help our youth presenters improve their public speaking abilities by providing written feedback and insights on what they are doing well and where they could improve.

Youth Room Host

Youth room hosts help ensure a smooth functioning set of presentations. In the virtual presentations, they will have Zoom "Host" responsibilities.

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Please see all the volunteer opportunities to help at State Field Day and sign up!