4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Presentation Day

State 4-H Presentation Day is one of many events that take place during California 4-H State Field Day on June 2, 2018. #CA4HStateFieldDay

2017 State Presentation Day Results



Location: Wellman Hall, Olson Hall, Hart Hall, and Social Sciences Building

7:30am - 9:00am          Presenter Check-in at Wellman Hall
8:30am - 10:00am        Orientation for Evaluators
10:00am - 12:00pm      Presentations & Share the 4-H Fun skits
12:00pm - 1:00pm        Lunch
1:00pm - 3:30pm          Presentations & Share the 4-H Fun skits
4:00pm - 6:00pm          Awards Ceremony

Description: Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the desired skill sets of professionals. Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. A 4-H presentation can be a demonstration, include audio-visual aids, and involve problem solving. Through their presentations, youth learn to research a subject, organize their ideas into a logical order and practice public speaking skills.

Questions: Please contact Event Coordinator, DeAnn Tenhunfeld, dtenhunfeld@ucanr.edu, 530-750-1340.

4-H members may give only one presentation at the State 4-H Presentation Day along with one Share the 4-H Fun Skit.

Registration Information

Presenter Registration

Registration will close on May 18, 2018.


4-H members (9 years old and above) who have been awarded a gold medal in their sectional competition may compete with the same presentation (and the same presenters**) for which the medal was awarded.

** All of the presenters who qualified in a team presentation must be present to participate. For Share the 4-H Fun Skits, fewer team members may be present but teams cannot add new members.

Special Recognition focus area

Members who received a gold seal at a sectional event are eligible to participate at the State 4-H Presentation Day for a Special Recognition pin. They must select a focus area when submitting their registration to be eligible for Special Recognition.

Presentation Time Blocks

Presenters will be assigned to either the morning AM (10:00am - 12:00pm) or the afternoon PM (1:00-3:30) time block. These assignments are determined the week before the event. While you may request a particular time block on your registration, this is not guaranteed. 

Dual Participation

Fashion Revue and Presentation Day - Every effort will be made to accommodate 4-H members who qualify for both Fashion Revue and Presentation Day individual, team or Cultural Arts presentations. Please indicate dual-entry on registration forms for both events. Scheduling conflicts may not allow Fashion Revue delegates to participate in Share the 4-H Fun. Check in for dual-registered Fashion Revue members is at Olson Hall only.

Interview Contest and Presentation Day - Dual entry in Interview Contest may be possible depending on interview time. 


Evaluator Registration

Evaluators can be adults and/or youth older than 16 years.  

Each county must supply one Evaluator for every five entries.

To volunteer to serve as an evaluator, please register at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19401 

Evaluators must complete the online course, "4-H Presentation Day Evaluator Orientation" at least a week prior to state Presentation Day.  Please download the following documents prior to taking the course:

You can access the course by clicking here


Room Host Registration

Room hosts are 4-H members age 9-19 years old. 

Each county must supply one Room Host for every ten entries

To volunteer to serve as a room host please register at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19401 


Information for Presenters

4-H members may give only one presentation at the State 4-H Presentation Day along with one Share the 4-H Fun Skit.

Categories for all age groups

  1. Demonstration
  2. Illustrated Talk
  3. Science or Engineering Presentation
  4. Educational Display Talk
  5. Informative Prepared Speech
  6. Persuasive Prepared Speech
  7. Impromptu Speech (PDF)
  8. Interpretive Reading
  9. Share the 4-H Fun Skit
  10. Cultural Arts

Special Recognition Focus Areas

4-H members who relate their presentations to one of the following four focus areas are awarded Special Recognition pins: 

  • Electronic Accessories - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Personal Development - Citizenship
  • Meaningfulness - Healthy Living
  • Sparks - Positive Youth Development

All presentation categories are eligible except Impromptu Speech. Please see the Special Recognition Focus Areas page for more information, including complete descriptions, resources, and eligibility requirements.

Standing Rules

  • The State 4-H Presentation Day follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016.
  • Presentations are divided according to category and age group - Junior (9-10 years old), Intermediate (11-13 years old), and Senior (14-19 years old).
  • Presenters must give the same presentation in the same category in which they qualified. 
  • Presenters in a category may also compete in the Share the 4-H Fun Skit category.
  • Only presenters and room hosts may set-up and clean-up presentation materials.
  • Photography and video recording of presentations is prohibited except for the 4-H Technology Leadership Team.
  • No substitutions in presenters are allowed. Presentations must be given by the same individuals who qualified at a sectional event.
    • If a team presentation qualified, then it must be presented by the same team members at the State 4-H Presentation Day.
    • All qualifying team members must be present to give the team presentation. If one team member cannot attend, that team is disqualified from the team presentation. 
    • The only exception is the Share the 4-H Fun skit category, where a team can still present even if they are missing individuals (but they cannot add new individuals).

Room Setup

Rooms come equipped with a table and easel, overhead projector, digital projector, TV/VCR and chalkboards. Each room has a VGA connector for video and a mini-stereo for audio (a few rooms are equipped with DVI plugs, but this is not consistent from room to room). Rooms do not come equipped with a projector converter cable for Macs.

In Wellman Hall and Olsen Hall, rooms are equipped with a digital projector and screen (a few have a TV).

Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop computers or other digital device, cassette/CD players and radios. Rooms do not come equipped with a projector converter cable for Macs. If you are using an Apple/Mac product, you must bring your own adapter (see example below).

VGA connector ready in each Wellman and Hart Hall Room
VGA connector ready in each Wellman and Hart Hall Room
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (required to connect most Mac's to the VGA connector)
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (required to connect most Mac's to the VGA connector)

Share the 4-H Fun SkitsThese are presented in Hart Hall 1150. View the room here. There is no stage. 

Impromptu Topics

About Impromptu Presentations

Topics for the Impromptu presentations are announced annually in October or November. The presenter is expected to have completed basic research on the announced topics so they can give an impromptu speech on them. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference on each topic during the delivery of the impromptu speech. More information is available in the 4-H Presentation  Manual.


These are examples of topics that were used in the past at the California State 4-H Presentation Day.

Past Impromptu Questions

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