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The Tennessee 4-H Awards and Recognition Handbook

 

VIII. State Congress Awards Programs

 

A. Citizenship
DONORS: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (State Finalists and Trip to National 4-H Congress); Ieula Lee Endowment Fund (Silver Bowls); and Albert Gore, Sr. Memorial Endowment Fund (Scholarship)
  1. SUGGESTED PROJECT RECORDS: Records should document the information presented in the project profile (Section A). Include record forms which may have been developed to track project efforts; Tennessee 4-H Project Record Worksheet (F540); reports of studies, experiments, etc.; news articles written by the member which relate to the project; and other relevant items.
  2. AWARDS:
    a. County:
      (1) Junior High: Counties may submit 7th grade and 8th grade records for regional judging (the number of records to be determined by the region).
      (2) Senior: Counties may submit three Level I and three Level II portfolios for state competition. Twelve finalists (six Level I and six Level II) will receive scholarships to State 4-H Congress. Sweaters will be provided to those who have not attended 4-H Congress previously.
    b. State:
      (1)

Senior (Level II)
State winner: Trip to National 4-H Congress, engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee and a $1,000 educational scholarship

      (2)

Senior (Level I)
State winner: Tennessee 4-H Foundation Horizon Award, an opportunity for a college scholarship and an engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee


B. Congress Essay Contest
DONORS: Jenny Yeary (backpack and cinch bags) and Former University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Workers Association (cash award)
  1. RULES:
    a. Each delegate to Tennessee 4-H Congress will prepare an essay of no more than 500 words on the Congress theme.
    b. Each region will submit one essay for state competition. The state winner will be chosen from the three regional winners.
    c. Each essay will be judged on the following scale:
      (1) Subject matter contest - 50 points
      (2) Grammatical composition - 30 points
      (3) Originality-creativity - 15 points
      (4) Neatness - 5 points
  2. AWARDS:
    a. Regional winners: 4-H cinch bag and a $25 cash award.
    b. State winner: Backpack

C. Leadership *
DONORS: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (State Finalists and Trip to National 4-H Congress); Ieula Lee Endowment Fund (Silver Bowl); and Albert Gore, Sr. Memorial Endowment Fund (Scholarship)
  1. SUGGESTED PROJECT RECORDS: Records should document the information presented in the project profile (Section A). Include record forms which may have been developed to track project efforts; Tennessee 4-H Project Record Worksheet (F540); reports of studies, experiments, etc.; news articles written by the member which relate to the project; and other relevant items.
  2. AWARDS:
    a. County:
      (1) Junior High: Counties may submit 7th grade and 8th grade records for regional judging (the number of records to be determined by the region).
      (2) Senior: Counties may submit three Level I and three Level II portfolios for state competition. Twelve finalists (six Level I and six Level II) will receive scholarships to attend State 4-H Congress. Sweaters will be provided to those who have not attended a 4-H Congress previously.
    b. State:
      (1) Senior (Level II)
State winner: Trip to National 4-H Congress, engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee and a $1,000 educational scholarship
      (2) Senior (Level I)
State winner: Tennessee 4-H Foundation Horizon Award, an opportunity for a college scholarship and an engraved silver bowl presented in memory of Ieula Lee

 

  * The leadership program area is a part of the Leadership/Personal Development project

D. 4-H Poster Art Contest
DONOR: Former University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Workers Association (FUTIAWA)
  1. JUDGING PROCEDURES: Each region may submit up to ten (10) entries in the state contest.
  2. RULES:
    a. A  4-H member, a club or team of members may make a poster.
    b. Posters must be horizontal.
    c. Posters must be 14 x 22 inches.
    d. Name, address, county and age of the 4-H member(s) should be clearly written on the back of each poster.
    e. 4-H is to be the topic for the poster.
    f. Well known cartoon figures cannot be used because they are copyrighted - such as Marvel Super Heroes, Disney characters, Ninja Turtles, Lego characters, Pokémon characters, etc.
    g. Three dimensional objects or materials, which extend 1/8 inch or more above the surface of the poste, may not be used.
    h. If the 4-H Emblem is used on the poster, do not place text or other images over or on top of it.

The 4-H Emblem should not appear screened under words or graphics. No photo, drawing, symbol, word or other figure or object maybe be placed on or obscure the 4-H Emblem. For more information on the proper use of the 4-H Name and Emblem, go to nifa.usda.gov/resource/4-h-name-and-emblem.

  3. AWARDS: A rosette and a $25 cash award for each of the 10 state winning posters.

E. Public Speaking Contest *
DONORS: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (Regional Awards); Henry County Extension Staff (State Awards); Lute Truett Memorial Fund (Silver Bowl); friends and family in memory of Lorna Norwood (college scholarship for 11th grade winner); and family of Leon Foster (college scholarship for 12th grade winner)
  1. JUDGING PROCEDURES:
    a. Junior and Junior High Divisions:
      (1) There will be a separate division for each grade.
      (2) Members will give a prepared speech not to exceed seven minutes in length.
      (3) The speech will count 100% percent of the score.
      (4) For each 30 seconds the speaker exceeds the seven minute time limit, one point will be deducted from the score. Five points will be deducted if the speech is under two minutes in length.
      (5) Junior high members may also participate in the leadership or citizenship project awards program.
​(6)

​Procedure for breaking ties:  If a tie exists between individuals, the combined scores (well organized, information, good introduction and conclusion) will break the tie(s). If still tied, the combined speaker scores will be used to break the tie.

    b. Senior Division:
      (1) There will be a separate division for each grade (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th).
      (2) Members will present a prepared speech not to exceed seven minutes in length and will give an extemporaneous speech not to exceed two minutes in length. For each 30 seconds the speaker exceeds the seven minute time limit, one point will be deducted from the final score; five points will be deducted from the final score if this speech is less than three minutes in length.
      (3) The prepared speech will count 75%, and the extemporaneous speech will count 25%. Form 656A should be used as the scorecard for the prepared speech, and Form 657 should be used for the extemporaneous speech.
      (4) Members may enter the citizenship or leadership awards program in addition to the public speaking contest.
​(5) ​Procedure for breaking ties: If a tie exists between individuals, the highest prepared speech score will break the tie(s). If still tied, the combined extemporaneous speech subject matter and composition scores (well organized, information, good introduction and conclusion) will be used to break the tie. If still tied, the combined prepared speech delivery scores (bodily action, voice) will be used to break the tie.
  2. PROCEDURE FOR CONDUCTING STATE EXTEMPORANEOUS PUBLIC SPEAKING:
    a. The state 4-H staff will select the topics to be used for the event.
    b. 4-H members participating in the state event will draw numbers to determine the order in which they will speak.
    c. Extemporaneous speeches will be given with only the judges and persons coordinating the public speaking activity present.
    d. Members will draw a topic from the selected topics. One minute will be allowed for the 4-H member to prepare for the speech. Note cards will be provided to each participant to use in preparation for the speech.
    e.

Speeches should not exceed a time limit of two minutes. Each participant will be given a signal when one minute and 30 seconds and when two minutes of the time for their speech have elapsed. Judges should disregard any information given by the contestant after the two minute signal has been given.

3. AWARDS:
    a. Region: Scholarships to State 4-H Congress to two finalists in each of the four senior grade divisions.
    b. State: Each first-place senior winner will receive the Lute Truett Memorial Silver Bowl and a $100 cash award.  All other senior participants in the state contest will receive a $25 cash award. In addition, the 11th grade winenr receives a $500 scholarship and the 12th grade winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.

  * Records are not required for this activity. All awards will be determined by the score awarded to the member's speech. Members enrolled in the public speaking project who wish to participate in the project awards program should enter the program listed in Section IX of this book. All speeches should relate in some way to the members' experiences in 4-H and/or to things learned in 4-H.


F. Tennessee 4-H History Bowl
DONOR: Janet Cluck
  1. RULES:
    a. Each county may select two members who are State 4-H Congress delegates to participate in the regional Tennessee History Bowl elimination.
    b. Each region may select two members to participate in the State Tennessee History Bowl.
    c. All questions to be used in the Tennessee History Bowl will come from a bibliography of publications which will be sent to each county office prior to the regional contest.
  2. AWARDS: The two individuals making up the state-winning team History Bowl team will receive engraved plaques and a $50 cash award. All other participants will receive a $25 cash award.

 

 
 

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