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Amber Spray earns ribbon at national competition

Preeceville local youth strives for excellence and exceeded all expectations with national second place win in 4-H speech competition.
Amber Spray, of the Kelvington 4-H Beef Club had the opportunity to represent Saskatchewan at Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture in Toronto November 5. Out of 26 competitors from across Canada, she placed second runner.

PREECEVILE - Amber Spray of the Kelvington 4-H Beef Club,  and Hunter Reid, from the Rockin H Multiple 4-H Club & The Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club, both had the opportunity to represent Saskatchewan at CYSA in Toronto Nov. 5.

This was the 37th Anniversary of the event featuring 26 competitors from across Canada and even a few international competitors in the senior category. “It was nice to be back in person after two years, one year without competition due to COVID-19, and last year it was held virtually for the first time,” said Krystal Spray, North East 4-H Ambassador.

CYSA is poised for continued success as a premier youth public speaking competition and as a leader in Canadian agricultural communications, according to a release. The senior competition is for young adults aged 16-24 while the junior competition is for youth aged 11-15. Each speech is five-seven minutes in length. Competitors are scored on 120 points: 60 points for presentation and 60 points for content. CYSA’s mission is to provide Canadian youth with a professional public speaking competition through which they can develop communication skills and workforce skills demanded by Canada’s competitive agriculture and agri-food industry.

The competition is focused on Youth Empowerment, Skill Development, Connections and Integrity. Competitors had to research one of the five topics they were given to speak about in Agriculture.

“Both Amber and Hunter spoke about “I realized I wanted a career in agriculture when…” Judges' remarks were that this year was the hardest competition they’ve ever judged and had a tough time placing competitors. Each competitor received a RAWF 100th Anniversary poster, certificate of achievement and blue participant ribbon. Hunter and Amber both placed second runner up, and received a beautiful blue, red and white third-place ribbon and monetary placement. Hunter and Amber would like to thank 4-H Saskatchewan for assisting them in the opportunity to attend this amazing event and experience that made many memories and friendships,” stated Krystal Spray.

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