Sioux County Newsletter
Calendar of Events
Mar. 5 - Ogallala Panhandle Best
Mar. 12 - Chadron Panhandle Best
Mar. 18 - State BB Gun Contest
Mar. 19 - State Air Rifle Contest
Mar. 31 - Home Environment workshop
Apr. 22-23 - Shooting Sports Certification Workshop, Dawes County
Wilderness Wonders Camp
Explore the Deep at the 2023 4-H Wilderness Wonders Camp! On May 25, camp from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm will be offered for youth going into 3rd-5th grade. The camp is limited to 50 youth from four counties and will have a $40 fee. On May 26, camp from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm will be offered for youth ages 5-7. The camp is limited to 40 and will have a $40 fee. Youth will need to bring their swimming suits and towels to the May 26 camp.
Registrations are due by May 1. Turn them into the Extension Office as soon as possible! We wanted to promote this to 4-H families before we send the flyer home with local schools. The slots for both camps will fill up fast!
Premier Communication Event
The Nebraska State 4-H Presentations Contest will partner with the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest to create a combined state-level communications event – this event will be called the Premier Communication Event and will be held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus on Friday, June 23, 2023.This means that the youth who qualify for the Presentations Contest needs to be determined before June 1. https://4h.unl.edu/premier-communication-event
The Public Service Announcement theme for 2023 is: Discover Your Spark in Nebraska 4-H!
To determine the Sioux County Speech and Presentation Contest we would like to hear from you on who is planning to participate. Let will help us to determine if we should host a contest with other counties or if we host one in Sioux County. Please fill out this survey by March 15th. https://forms.gle/oeCKxw2busnWanwK7
Speech and Presentation Contest Classes
The classes youth can participate in the Sioux County Contest are:
An Illustrated Presentation, given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals, is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Presentations are given on a stage/platform. Judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question and answer session following presentation.
- Participant Requirements
- All participants must be 5 years old before January 1 of the current year
- All classes require the presence of the contestant(s).
- A team presentation, consisting of two (2) individuals, may be given for any class; there is no separate class for team presentations.
- Time limit is 6-8 minutes for a presentation given by an individual, and 8-10 minutes for a presentation given by a team. Participants may be penalized if their presentation exceeds the time limits. There is no lower time restriction for youth 4-H ages 5 – 7.
- Presentation Topic:
- All 4-H Presentations topics should be related to what the 4-H youth is learning though 4-H educational experiences focused on the priorities of career and college readiness, community development, entrepreneurship, food supply confidence, healthy living, leadership development, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
- Enrollment in the project area in which the participant is making a presentation is not required.
- 4-H Presentations should include an introduction (the “why” portion of the topic), a body (the “show and tell” portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the “what” portion of the topic).
- The same presentation cannot be given in more than one Illustrated Presentations class.
- Contest Information
- Equipment provided includes two (2) tables, one (1) easel. If electronic equipment is needed, 4-H members must make arrangements with the Extension Staff prior to the contest or bring their own.
- Presenters using computer-based visuals may bring files on a USB drive that is PC formatted. Participants may also provide their own computer or other equipment as needed; however, participants must be able to connect their computer to a HDMI plug on the television screens.
- Live animals may be used in the presentation. Presenters are responsible for all stalling arrangements, care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present.
Classes – each of these classes will be divided into age groups (Clover Kid, Beginning, Intermediate, Senior)
*B151113 Illustrated Presentation - (SF65)
PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
- Youth may participate in both the Speech and PSA categories.
- Only individuals may compete in the speech or radio PSA competition.
- Divisions and Length of Speeches:
- Clover Kid (Ages 5-7): – no time limit
- Beginner (Ages 8-10): – Suggested speech length is 1 – 3 minutes. Beginners may compete in Section I no more than 2 years.
- Intermediate (Ages 11-13): Suggested length is 3 – 5 minutes. Intermediates must give original speeches.
- Senior Division (Ages 14-18): 5 to 8 minutes. Seniors must give original speeches.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSA)
- All PSA’s are 60 seconds in length.
- All radio PSA’s must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year.
- All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: “Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu.” The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit. Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
- All PSA’s must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA’s written and provided by the state or national staff.
- No team PSA’s are allowed.
- Radio PSAs will be submitted electronically as a .wav or .mp3 format along with the registration form.
- The Video Communication is 60-90 seconds in length.
- Youth may use a phone, laptop, or tablet to create a multi-media piece around the theme: My 4-H Story
- Sound effects, public domain music, an graphics can be used. Copyrighted materials may not be used.
- Judges will deduct three points from the contestant's speech score for each 30 seconds under or over the time limit. (Senior division only.)
- See scorecard for additional judging criteria. http://4h.unl.edu/public-speaking
B150001 Clover Kid Public Speaking Section I – Non-original Speech
B150002 Clover Kid Public Speaking Section II – Original Speech
B150003 Junior Public Speaking Section I – Non-original Speech
B150004 Junior Public Speaking Section II – Original Speech
B150005 Intermediate Public Speaking
B150006 Senior Public Speaking
B150007 Clover Kid Audio P.S.A.
B150008 Junior Audio P.S.A.
B150009 Intermediate Audio P.S.A.
B150010 Senior Audio P.S.A.
B150011 Junior Video Communication
B150012 Intermediate Video Communication
B150013 Senior Video Communication
4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification and Update
4-H Shooting Sports will be hosting a Instructor Certification and Update in Chadron on April 22-23.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Chadron Workshop - rifle, pistol, shotgun, and archery.
The time has come to provide an update for all Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors who received their training in 2017 or before. These update sessions are for adult or apprentice 4-H volunteer instructors who have previously attended a 4-H instructor training workshop in 2017 or prior years. These are an update for existing instructors, NOT a training for new instructors. Discipline updates that will be offered include rifle, shotgun, archery, and pistol.
There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines.
For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly by clicking HERE.
4-H Volunteers Awards and Recognition
Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for state-level volunteer recognition awards. These awards honor adult and youth volunteers who have provided meaningful contributions to the 4-H programs. Categories include Emerging Adult Volunteer (3 or fewer years of service), Outstanding Adult Volunteer (4 more years of service), Outstanding Youth Volunteer (ages 14-18), and Multi-Generation Family of Volunteers. Learn more and nominate your favorite 4-H volunteers at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition.
Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is currently accepting applications for its biggest youth outreach event - the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings together hundreds of high school juniors and seniors for one week every year to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with ag leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture.
NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 10-14, 2023. Applications for NAYI are available at www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted online. Students selected to attend NAYI do so free of charge due to generous donations from numerous agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2023, to apply. This year’s theme is “For the Future.”
Panhandle Shooting Best Results
The third Panhandle Best competition took place in Rushville on February 5th. Winning the 9-10 year old BB Gun was Ruger Pelster, Jace Hyer placed 10th and Natalie Turbville 12th. The 11-12 year old division had Chisum Pelster winning. In the 13-15 year old division, Victoria Turbville received 4th and Boone Button placed 9th. In the 8-10 year old AR Sporter, Ruger Pelster received 1st place. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division. Boone Button was awarded 6th place in the 13-14 year old division. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division for AR Precision. Boone Button was awarded 5th place in the 13-14 year old AR Precision division. Placing 3rd in the 15-18 year old division was Jaime Turbiville. In the pistol competition, Ruger Pelster won and Natalie Turbiville was awarded second in the 8-10 year old division. Chisum Pelster won the 11-13 year old division and in the 14-18 year old division Baxter Reece won and Victoria Turbiville placed third.
The next Panhandle Best competition was held in Kimball on Sunday, February 12th. In BB Gun 9-10 year olds, Ruger Pelster placed 1st, Jace Hyer received 6th, and Tilton Button 9th. In the 11-12 year olds, 1st was awarded to Chisum Pelster. In the 13-15 year old division, Boone Button received 9th. In AR Sporter 8 to 10 year olds, Tilton Button was awarded 1st and Ruger Pelster 2nd. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division. Boone Button received 8th place in the 13-14 year old division. In the AR Precision Contest, Tilton Button received 1st and Ruger Pelster 2nd in the 8 to 1- year old division. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division and Boone Button placed 6th in the 13-14 year old Division.
On Sunday, February 19th the shooting sports members attended the Panhandle Best event in Hyannis. In BB Gun 9-10 year olds, Ruger Pelster placed 3rd. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division and Boone Button placed 7th in the 13-15 year old division.
In the Air Rifle Sporter division for 8-10 division Ruger Pelster placed 2nd and Tilton Button received 3rd. In the 11-12 year old division Chisum Pelster won it and Boone Button received 5th place in the 13-14 year old division.
In the Air Rifle Precision 8-10 year old division Tilton Button placed 2nd and Ruger Pelster received 3rd place. Chisum Pelster placed 1st in the 11-12 year old division. In the 3-14 year old division Boone Button was awarded 7th.
The last February Panhandle Best competition was held in Alliance. In the 9-10 year old BB Gun, Ruger Pelster was awarded 3rd, Jace Hyer 6th, Tilton Button 9th, and Natalie Turbiville 17th. In the 11-12 year old division Chisum Pelster won it. Receiving 3rd in the 13-15 year old division was Boone Button. In the Air Rifle Sporter contest for the 8-10 year old division Ruger Pelster was awarded second and Tilton Button 3rd. Chisum Pelster won the 11-12 year old division. In the 13-14 year olds, Boone Button placed 5th and in the 15-18 year olds, Jaime Turbiville placed 7th. In the Air Rifle Precision contest for the 8-10 year olds, Ruger Pelster received 2nd and Tilton Button 3rd. Chisum Pelster again won the 11-12 year old division. Boone Button placed 6th in the 13-14 year olds and Jamie Turbiville received 5th in the 15-18 year olds.
Youth participating in Leather Workshop at This Ol' Shoe.
The 2022-2023 4-H year on 4-H Online is now open! Youth wanting participate in Shooting Sports needs to get enrolled today!! Youth must be enrolled before practicing. Deadline for 4-H Enrollment will be June 15, 2023.
Note - 4HOnline has undergone a new update. The parent company behind the 4-H Online website has elected to add a banner ad for Auction Frogs that will appear when families log into 4-H Online. There is no way for Nebraska 4-H to opt out of the banner ad. This banner ad appears at the bottom of the Member List in the Family Profile. If you click "X" button the ad, the ad should not appear again in that browser.
Panhandle Best Shoots
The 4-H Shooting Sports season is in full swing and Panhandle Best Shoots are upon us! Remember you must be a registered 4-H member to compete and practice! Below are the dates for the upcoming Panhandle Best Shoots
Jan. 22 - Harrison
Jan. 29 - Mitchell
Feb. 5 - Rushville
Feb. 19 - Hyannis
Feb. 25 - Alliance (Junior Olympics)
Feb. 26 - Alliance
Mar. 5 - Ogallala
Mar. 12 - Chadron
Mar. 18 - State BB Gun in Beatrice
Mar. 19 - State Air Rifle in Beatrice
All volunteers (teens and adults) and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the volunteer screening. Volunteers are screened in order to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with Nebraska 4-H programs and provide protection for the child, volunteer, educator, 4-H Council, Extension Board, and Nebraska Extension. Initial screening of volunteers will occur when they sign up to volunteer. Re-screening for volunteers will be done every five years by district regardless of when the original screening was completed. Currently, the cost of the screening is $5.00. Sioux County is up this year!
Repeat Screening Rotation
2023 – Panhandle District: Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas
WHEN enrolling as a VOLUNTEER for the 2022-23 year , please select "Program Volunteer - Selected for Required Screening". All new volunteers in these specified counties must also select this volunteer type
If you have any questions or would like to start the process, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon Smile Donation
Sioux County 4-H is listed as a charity Amazon will donate to if customers utilize smile.amazon when making purchases. On your account you will designate the charity you would like to donate to. Smile.amazon behaves the exact same way as Amazon does but it also donates to the charity of your choice without changing your payment.