4-H Educational Programs

Tropicana Public Speaking Program


  • September 19, 2012—Registration Opens
  • October 9, 2012—Registration Closes at 5:00 p.m. – This is a SET time.
  • October 12-15- Participating sites will receive ribbons and certificates through school mail
  • December 19- 5:00pm Winners name submission window closes


  • Hold school competitions by December 1.
  • December 19— Deadline for School Winners’ Names—Email to Keli Townsend, Temetia Creed, and Brent Broaddus. Keep hard copies.
  • February 4, 2013— First of two area competiton evening events at Chamberlain HS
  • February 7, 2013— Final area competition evening event at Strawberry Crest HS
  • February 21, 2013 —District Finals @ ROSSAC!

Click here for Tropicana registration forms.

  • Email your registration form to Keli Townsend, Temetia Creed, and Brent Broaddus.
  • We will only accept ONE registration form per school.
  • We will confirm receipt of your registration through email within three business days.
  • Please keep hard copies of all emails sent.

What is 4-H Tropicana?

4-H Tropicana is a school curriculum in public speaking. The program is a partnership with Tropicana, Inc; Hillsborough County Extension 4-H and the Hillsborough County Public Schools. This partnership started in 1969. Our first contest was held at the Plant City Holiday Inn with 50 students participating. in 2006 we had over 77 schools and 15,000 students!

The program in the public schools is offered to elementary students in 4th and 5th grades. Schools register their classes in September. Materials are sent to the Assistant Vice Principles which include curriculum guides and contest information.

Students write and deliver a public speak between 2-3 minutes in length on any topic. They compete within the classroom and as a school. Then the schools compete against each other at area contests in April and May. The top two winners at the area contests then compete at the District finals in May.

Private schools may participate, but only at their school level.

If interested, contact Brent Broaddus, 4-H Youth Development Agent at broaddusb@hillsboroughcounty.org

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