On July 9, at Riverside Park in Kamloops, three Yellowhead 4-H members competed alongside the top demo teams and speakers in the province.
The Provincial Communication Finals were held in Kamloops this year and featured local agricultural farm and agribusiness tours, and a strong competition from the participants.
Yellowheader 4-H members Halle Smith and Kathleen Pilatzke presented a demonstration on how to make maki sushi, showing how easy and affordable it can be. They presented unique visuals and even went as far as learning some Japanese, which they incorporated into their demonstration.
Halle Smith and Kathleen Pilatzke (far right) placed third in the Provincial 4-H Demonstration Competition held July 9 in Kamloops.
On the public speaking side, Yellowhead’s Sara Kate Smith competed by presenting a two-six minute impromptu speech on water efficiency in agriculture. Smith, spoke on the importance of partnerships between the government and farmers in order to protect limited water resources and the increasing need for more efficient irrigation systems in agriculture. Stating that “agriculture is not a solitary business venture, it is a network of like minded people working together to steward the land sustainably and efficiently.”
Sara Kate Smith(r) was named Provincial 4-H Speech Champion at the competition.
At the awards banquet, the demonstration team of Halle Smith and Kathleen Pilatzke brought home a strong third place, while Sara Kate Smith placed first in public speaking and will be moving on to compete nationally at the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition held in Toronto in November 2016.
Sara Kate, was also selected earlier this year to represent British Columbia at the United States National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C., in March of 2017.