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Crossroads 4-H Club offered a wide range of speeches

Top finishers advanced to districts in Estevan on Feb. 11.
These Crossroads Multiple 4-H members performed a variety of speeches to family and friends.

STOUGHTON - The Royal Canadian Legion's Stoughton branch was open on Feb. 4 for anyone who wanted to listen to the 12 members of the 4-H club deliver their speeches.

Cheyenne Lake and Victoria Anderson introduced each speaker.

Sarah Underwood and Jacquie Walbaum sat in the judges' seats and they both commented on how difficult it was to select the winners.They judged the speakers on clarity, eye contact, neatness, quality of the speech and more.

Brooke Tanner was the first and youngest speaker and she spoke about hockey.

She explained how the game worked and was proud to add that she scored her first goal on Jan. 20.

Elena Simmon spoke on horses, and she told the audience that horses can sleep standing up and they cannot breathe through their mouths. It also takes seven steps to get a horse ready to ride.

Lucas Larose shared his enjoyment of art. He said art has no boundaries and there are 75 different forms of art. He enjoys large projects and listening to soft music while he works on them.

Mathais Gentes Lakeman talked about his life in Alberta. He lived in four different towns and attended five schools. He loved living close to his aunt who had rescued a dog and gave it a good life.

Jordyn Tanner gave the ins and outs of showing 4-H cattle and the demanding work that engages in preparing the animals for the show ring. It takes a year to get them ready, she said.

Girl Guides was on MacyLynn Lake's mind when she spoke about her love for guides and how they sell cookies to fund some of the outings. They also attend camps and girls 5-17 years of age can join.

Aiden Tanner went back to the 1800s and explained how farming was done in the good old days, and how today farming has changed so much. Fewer people are needed to do more work with the size of the farming equipment.

The Minecraft video game was on William Lake's mind, as he told people how this game is played all around the world. It is a game of gathering resources to build items. 

Ella-Renn Slater spoke about the famous yorkie dog Smoky that was found during the Second World War, and how she became a therapy dog to the soldiers and helped when they needed a small assistant. Smoky later went to the U.S. to live out her life.

Xbox was the name of the game for Tripp Tanner. The gaming system was developed by Bill Gates. He lost a great deal of money on the first one, but over time the Xbox 360 made things right with 84.7 million units sold around the world.

Victoria Anderson had a touching speech on her sister’s health, and how this affected the whole family when they could not find out what was wrong with her. She now understands what families go through with medical issues.

Hannah Tanner said PlayStations are enjoyed around the world with 155 million sold worldwide to families. It was developed in Japan in 1994.

In the cloverbud division, Brooke Tanner placed first.

Tripp Tanner took first in the junior division, while Mathais Gentes Lakeman was second.

In the intermediate division Ella-Renn Slater placed first and Aiden Tanner was second.

They can now move on to districts in Estevan on Feb. 11 if they choose. If they decide to not go, the next in line has the option to take their place.

Club leader Carolynn Chaytors  thanked everyone for coming out and offered refreshments and treats for those who wished to stay and socialize. She hoped it was enjoyed by all.