TAYLOR COUNTY—A Taylor County 4-Her continues to make waves and a name for herself, as she was among six youths who recently participated in the Northeast States 4-H Presentations Fest.
During the event, 37 youths from ten states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia, showcased their presentation skills in three different areas, including Formal Speech, Demonstration and Illustrated Talk.
Among the participants from West Virginia was Taylor County’s own Kellen Lambert, who presented a fine display in the Demonstration category, with her presentation “Getting Your Goats: How to Keep Them Healthy and Happy.”
And because of her thorough knowledge on the topic, as well as wonderful presentation skills, Lambert’s demonstration earned her a red ribbon in the competition.
“The judges loved her conversational style and comfort with her topic. They also noted that her presentation was neat and clean and included great photos,” said a West Virginia University Extension Service official. “Another mentioned that she seemed very natural during her presentation.”
Lambert’s presentation not only wowed the judges but left a lasting impression on some of the other youths attending the Fest.
In fact, one of her peers told Lambert, “I love that you had such a great connection to your topic and had very practical and useful information. I loved hearing about such an interesting agricultural project.”
Another boasted, “I could tell that you love to raise goats and even though I had never thought about getting goats, you got me excited about this.”
Her passion for raising and showing goats only helped make her presentation stronger, as she was able to connect the demonstration with her own life.
The other West Virginia participants were Caroline Fox, 14, from Mercer County, who took part in Speech with her presenation “The Culture of American Sign Language”; 16-year-old Emily Thurgood from Jefferson County with her speech entitled “Dreams”; Julie Fincham 13, from Jefferson County who took part in Illustrated Talk focusing on “WV Festivals”; Katie Thompson, a 14-year-old from Morgan County who presented “Seashells of Sanibel Island” in Illustrated Talk; and 14-year-old Sheraya Alford of Jefferson County with her Demonstration “How to Wash Your Clothes.”
13-year-old Lambert has already made a name for herself locally through 4-H, having been a participant for the last seven years with the Valley Falls Dreamers 4-H Club.
Just this year alone, she has represented her club, as well as the county, at various competitions, including the West Virginia 4-H Virtual Livestock Skillathons and the West Virginia 4-H Virtual Livestock Quiz Bowl, where she had strong standing in both.
Lambert is also an active member of the Taylor County Junior Livestock Association and shows goats at the Taylor County Fair.
Congratulations on your achievements, Kellen! We can’t wait to see what you do next!