Tropicana 2020
Posted on 02/14/2020
Tropicana contest winners

Another successful year in the books for the annual Tropicana Speech Contest. For more than 50 years, 4-H and the Tropicana Corporation have teamed up to bring public speaking opportunities to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students across the state of Florida.
Nearly 4,000 Citrus County elementary and middle school students researched, organized and delivered speeches in the classroom and school contests through the months of November and December of last year. This week, families, friends, teachers and school district administrators filled the Historic Canning Plant in Lecanto to hear from the top winners around Citrus County.
The objective of the 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest is for student participants to increase their public speaking and communication skills. Participants must obtain as much information as possible on a topic of their choosing and carefully organize the material to be presented in a timely and orderly speech. In addition, participants can develop a pleasing personal style before an audience, acquire the ability to speak convincingly in public and express ideas effectively, and develop confidence and poise.
Two students from each public school, and both private schools, came together to shine as they wowed the judges while presenting their speeches. To advance to the county competition, each student earned a top spot at the classroom, grade, and school divisions before advancing to this final round.
Congratulations to all the students that took part in the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking contests this year. Below is a list of our winners:

4th and 5th grade:
1st Place: Eva Gonzalez/Hernando Elementary - “Girls can change the world”
2nd Place: Kylee Holland/Rock Crusher Elementary - “Anyone can be a superhero”
3rd Place: Leslie Martin/Rock Crusher Elementary - “Girls can do anything”
Honorable Mention: Tommy Sparks/Crystal River Primary - “Ronald Reagan”

6th Grade:
1st Place: Eve Chastek/Citrus Springs Middle – “Babel”
2nd Place: JT Quinn/Lecanto Middle – “Southern Charm”
3rd Place: Ava Newton/Crystal River Middle – “Shorty”
Honorable Mention: Talon Joia/Seven Rivers Christian School – “Save the best for last”

Congratulations again to the winners and all our students throughout Citrus County who participated in this great event. We can’t wait to see what talent crops up for next year’s competition! For more moments -