Gettysburg Teen Represents Adams County 4-H on National Platforms
Posted: December 7, 2016
As a member of the 4-H Horse Club, and 4-H Teen Senate, Kaitlin has been an active member of 4-H for five years. In 2016, she participated in Officers Training, County Presentation Night, Ag Explorers Day Camp as a counselor, and 4-H Fun Horse Show, all Adams County 4-H events, as well as, State 4-H events like Capital Days and State Achievement Days.
In late July, Kaitlin won the public speaking contest at the Pennsylvania State 4-H Achievement Days, her first time attending the three day event in State College. Her speech, “Are Horses Necessary in Modern Society”, details the positive relationship between horses and humans throughout history. Winning this competitive contest allowed Kaitlin the opportunity to enter two additional 4-H contests on the national level: Quarter Horse Congress Communications Contest in Columbus, OH and Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY. Kaitlin continued to practice and perfect her speech and in October and November, entered the national 4-H spotlight.
Kaitlin placed fourth at Quarter Congress and ninth at Eastern Nationals, both in the public speaking division, against 4-H members from across the nation. Speeches were seven to ten minutes in length and were judged on organization, content, accuracy, stage presence, delivery and desire to communicate. She traveled with other Pennsylvania 4-H members to Kentucky and her family made the trip with her to Ohio. Kaitlin says she enjoyed meeting 4-H’ers from across the country and is very grateful for this opportunity. While in Kentucky, Kaitlin had the special experience to see Triple Crown Winner, American Pharaoh, up close and personal at Ashford Stud Coolmore. The Adams County 4-H program, 4-H leaders, fellow 4-H members, and her family are so proud of Kaitlin’s achievements, and the way she exemplifies the 4-H motto “to make the best better.” Way to go Kaitlin!