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4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

tropicana logoFlorida 4-H is very proud of the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest. Working with youth in grades 4-6, this contest helps thousands of young people annually learn how to write and deliver a speech. More than 150,000 young people in over 50 Florida counties in grades 4-6 participated in the contest on an annual basis. 

Tropicana has sponsored the contest since 1969 and provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, medallions for school winners, trophies for county winners, summer camp scholarships and Tropicana orange juice refreshments for county contests. Close to 2 million students have participated in this program since its beginning.

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4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Resources are below:


How do you speak naturally while all those people are watching you? We've gathered some resources that will help you prepare for your big speech day. Tips include everything from writing your speech, to proper attire and your speech delivery and voice.


The Florida 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest is a great way for your child to build self-esteem, gain valuable communication skills, as well as teach youth lessons on writing and presenting a public speech. The following resources will help you encourage your child's success in public speaking. Research these pages to learn how your school can become a Florida 4-H/Tropicana school.


As an educator, you know that many problems in our fast-paced society arise, not because we don't know the answers, but because we cannot communicate effectively. The best time to teach people to talk and think on their feet is when they are young. This is the objective of the Florida 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest. The following resources are available to you. If you want more information on becoming a Florida 4-H/Tropicana school, contact your local 4-H agent.


On the following pages are resources to help you administer the Florida 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest in your county.


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