All four 4H groups in the Slave Lake and High Prairie area competed in the East Peace District Communications Competition on March 7 at the Slave Lake Legion.
Northern Lights, the Slave Lake 4H club, hosted the event. The other three are 4H Mirror Landing (Smith), Lakeside (Kinuso), and Coyote Acres (High Prairie).
Communications is divided into speeches and presentations. It is an annual part of 4H.
The winners of the intermediate and senior age groups in both categories are eligible to compete at the Peace Regional competition.
In intermediate, Kolten Krystal won speeches and Liam Van Roon won presentations. In senior, Kellie Brown won speeches and Janaya Klassen presentation.
Brown is from Northern Lights. She spoke about “Grief.” There was no second place finalist for senior speech.
Klassen, with Lakeside, won senior presentations by speaking about “Music and the Brain.” From Mirror Landing, Stephanie Liddell placed second with a presentation called “Photography.”
Krystal is from Coyote Acres. His winning speech was called “History of John Deere.” Brook Evans, from Mirror Landing, placed second in intermediate speeches with “Wrestling.”
In the same age group, Van Roon’s winning presentation was called “Ice Fishing.” He’s with Northern Lights. Noah Pendrak with Lakeside presented on “Bison”, which earned him second place.
In junior speeches, Gillian Blackhurst, from Coyote Acres, won with “Chinese Red Meat Ban from Canada.” It’s a topic which affects beef cattle producers, like 4Hers who raise cattle.
Smith, Kinuso, and High Prairie 4H programs all raise beef cattle.
Also on the topic of cattle, Sienna Geddes’s second place speech was called “Cattle Penning.” Geddes is with Mirror Landing.
In junior presentations, Lakeside took home both places. Delayna Loewen won with a presentation called “Horse Crazy.” Her brother, Shadrach Loewen, placed second with a presentation called “The Harvester.”
On February 13, Lakeside 4H postponed a pancake breakfast fundraiser.
The communcations regional was scheduled for March 21. This may change because of COVID-19.