Submitted Macon County 4-H participant Hayes Polston placed second among the sixth-grade competitors at the Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

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Macon County 4-H participant Hayes Polston placed second among the sixth-grade competitors at the Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

The Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held on Jan. 24, at Cookeville's Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.

The top two county winners for grades 4-12 were invited to participate in the sub-regional contest.

The top five scoring participants from grades 9-12 advanced to the Central Region Public Speaking Contest.

Macon County participants were Allie Kate Austin, Lucye Clair Polston, Ryleigh Coley, Jessa Spears, Kenley Roark, Hayes Polston, Ella Flynn, Jacob Willis, Caydra Jenkins, Aidan Flynn, Paige Davenport, Mia Brawner and Allyson Shoulders.

The Central Region Public Speaking Contest was held on Feb. 2 at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

Senior high 4-H participants gave a prepared speech that accounted for 75 percent of their score and an extemporaneous speech that counted for 25 percent.

In the extemporaneous competition, each contestant had one minute to prepare a two-minute speech after they were given a topic.

Macon County participants who finished among the top five and advanced from the sub-regional contest were Allyson Shoulders (12th grade, fifth place), Paige Davenport (10th grade, participation), and Mia Brawner (11th grade, participation).

Results from the sub-regional competition are as follows:

Fourth grade

Allie Kate Austin, first place

Lucye Clair Polston, second place

Fifth grade

Ryleigh Coley, participation

Jessa Spears, participation

Sixth grade

Kenley Roark, first place

Hayes Polston, second place

Seventh grade

Jacob Willis, first place

Ella Flynn, fifth place

Eighth grade

Caydra Jenkins, fourth place

Ninth grade

Aidan Flynn, participation