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Devenos of Bellingham Receive 4-H Award

Apr 30, 2015 11:43AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Anna and Nathan Deveno with Kent Lage, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mass. 4-H Foundation

Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development honored over 100 4-H youth competing in the annual 4-H Visual Presentations Day on Saturday, March 28th at the Bedford Middle School in Bedford, MA. This state-level public speaking competition is the culmination of public speaking contests conducted at seven regional locations across the state and featured the best of the 4-H organization’s rising, young public speakers. Included in the winners are Bellingham's Anna and Nathan Deveno.
About 300 4-H youth, ages 8 to 18, presented on a wide range of topics. Some of the many interesting subjects included equine science, maple syrup grading, indoor rock climbing, methods of face painting, working with service dogs and how to be a proper Victorian gentleman. Each participant was judged against a specific set of guidelines and scored individually.
A complete list of the 4-H members receiving ribbons at Visual Presentations Day is available at
“Through the Visual Presentations program, 4-H youth overcome the fear of public speaking and develop poise and confidence in making presentations,” said Laurie Flanagan, executive director at the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation. “4-H alumni frequently tell us that their Visual Presentations experience gave them the essential skills for speaking in any professional or public setting.”

Visual Presentations is one of Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development's premiere programs and part of the 4-H Communications Program, which teaches young people valuable skills in research, organization, use of visual aids and public speaking. Children as young as five prepare and present posters at regional events. At age eight, 4-H youth begin competition in Visual Presentation, Public Speaking or Extemporaneous Speaking at the seven regional 4-H competitions. The top-scoring participants advance to this statewide event showcasing the talents and accomplishments of 4-H youth.

About Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development

Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development reaches more than 27,000 young people in the Commonwealth with science-based curriculum, hands-on learning and diverse programs to grow confident, capable and caring kids and provide them with skills for work and for life. Based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 4-H has seven regional offices. For more information, visit
About Massachusetts 4-H Foundation
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to fostering youth development across the Commonwealth. The Foundation provides resources to support and strengthen 4-H through fundraising, promoting public awareness, program sponsorship and advocacy. For more information, visit






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