By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski County 4-H named four champions and two runners up in its countywide fourth and fifth grade Dramatic Reading Contest Tuesday.
Micah Davis and Eden Braak were named champions in the fourth grade contest, while Kelsey Arnold and Madelyn Aust won at the fifth grade level. Blake Bauer and Rachel Lambert were runners up in fourth and fifth grades, respectively.
Champions advanced to the New River Valley Regional Contest, which will be held May 3. A runner-up will participate in the regional contest if one of the champions is unable to attend.
Twenty-eight fourth graders and 27 fifth graders took part in the countywide competition. Each had already won at their classroom level.
Contest participants must read a selection from the book of their choice in front of their classmates. Judging criteria include general appearance, selection of material, voice usage, expression and body language. Selections read at the classroom level are also read at the countywide contest.
Christ Lichty, local 4-H extension agent, and Cynthia Hurst, 4-H program assistant, judged the competitions.
Lichty and Hurst expressed gratitude to Riverlawn Elementary School for hosting the competition, to parents who brought their children to participate and to 4-H Teens in Action! Club for leadership and supporting the program.