Mirror Landing 4-H public speaker goes to provincials

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Kellie Brown of Smith says she’d never done public speaking before, but the first-year 4-H member nearly ran the table in the 4-H competition this year, going through the district and regional events all the way to provincials.
“I never thought I would go this far,” says Brown, a Grade 12 student at Roland Michener School in Slave Lake and a member of the Mirror Landing 4-H Club.
J.D. Dennis, one of the leaders of the Mirror Landing club, is pretty pumped about the good result. It’s a good success story for a club that’s only been going about a year. “Red hot news,” he calls it.
Brown says getting up in front of people actually wasn’t that difficult, mainly because she was speaking about a familiar topic.
“I was talking about my family and my life,” she says. “My sister had brain cancer and passed away.”
Her presentation impressed the judges at the district competition in High Prairie enough to give her top spot. At the regionals in LaCrete, she placed third, but earned a place in provincials in Wetaskiwin when the winner decided not to go.
At the provincials, Brown (and all the others) had to speak on a topic not of their own choosing. Eight days before the event, they were asked to prepare a speech on the topic: ‘Urban and Rural: The Great Divide.’
Brown is working part time at the hospital in Slave Lake and hopes to study nursing next year.
In other Mirror Landing 4-H news, a group of six members are getting licensed to participate in the Nitro Ratz junior drag racing program, which is based in Edmonton. Otherwise, “beef and equine projects are coming along,” Dennis says, as is the regular small engine stuff as required by 4-H.
Finally, the George Canyon fundraising concert happened at the Smith hall on Saturday. Dennis was feeling pretty confident early last week it would be a sellout. He says the club hopes to do more such events – once or twice a year. The idea would be to have somebody well known as a headliner, with a local act as an opener. Stacy Stiles and Blaine Gullion of Slave Lake opened for Canyon.

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