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Orange Blossom 4-H Members Excel In Public Speaking Contest
Award winners from Orange Blossom 4-H in the recent Creed contest were, from left: Molly Terpstra, Maryn Ludlow, Rhys Ludlow, and Avery Terra. Photo Contributed

Four Orange Blossom 4-H members competed in the Stanislaus County 4-H Creed Contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center. The 4-H Creed is written by an anonymous author, and is about members using their head, heart, hands, and health to be good citizens. There are divisions by age, and categories are those who choose to read the Cred and those who choose to recite it from memory.

Maryn Ludlow competed in the primary division, as a Clover Representative for the club. Avery Terra and Rhys Ludlow competed in the junior division and read the Creed in their presentation. Molly Terpstra also competed in the junior division and recited the Creed from memory. Judges scored members on the quality of their presentation and the answers to the questions asked by the judges. In the end, all four members received gold awards and Molly Terpstra was the county winner in the junior division. The members are coached by Joyce Reed, the leader of the Orange Blossom 4-H Club speech project.


Here is the 4-H Creed:

I believe in 4-H club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.

I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.

I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful and useful.

I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.

I believe in my country, my state and my community and in my responsibility for their development.

In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.