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To expand the knowledge of individuals in the area of horticulture, promote horticulture as a career and hobby, and stimulate others to improve their environment through the art and science of horticulture. This contest provides youth with the opportunity to improve their skills in assembling, organizing, and disseminating information in an efficient manner.

Who Can Participate

Individuals ages 5-22 may participate in one of four age categories:

A. 5-9 year olds
B. 10-14 year olds
C. 15-18 year olds
D. 19-22 year olds (along with previous Grand National Award Winners)

Individuals only; no teams.

Project Requirements

Participants prepare and present a prepared public speech in one of the four age categories. The following rules apply to all categories:

1. Presentations must be a prepared public speech with optional visual aids.
2. No individual will be allowed to present the same presentation in successive years.
3. Presentations must be between 5 and 10 minutes.
4. Participants may use, but are not required to use visual aids, including posters, objects, PowerPoint, etc. Keep in mind that speakers not using visual aids may be competing with speakers who will be using them.
5. Participants must furnish all equipment except for a projection screen. LCD projectors are sometimes available. Please check with the national program chairman a few weeks prior to the convention for availability status.
6. An assistant may be used to assist in handling mechanical visual aids if needed. This assistant will not be considered a participant and will have no other part of the presentation.
7. Only judges have the right to ask questions. This will occur at the end of the presentation.

Note: A prepared public speech differs from demonstration in that it is not a “how to” speech. The speaker is not required to do something with an object(s) to illustrate a process. For example, a speaker may hold up a pot of orchids as a visual aid, but actually dividing that pot of orchids would be a demonstration.

Suggested visual aids include flannel board, PowerPoint, overhead or slide projection, posters, objects, handouts, and reference articles.

Additional questions should be addressed to the project leader prior to entering participants in the contest.

Awards Sponsor

Jack B. Leaver
1088 Fountain View, Circle #3
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 298-2433

Entry Deadline

For additional information, consult the project chairperson:

Sarah Berke
PO Box 204
Zamora, CA 95698

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