MILTON — The Santa Rosa County 4-H program, in conjunction with Tropicana, provided local youths a chance to demonstrate their public speaking skills May 12 during the annual 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest.

The county had 4,276 youths in 15 schools participate in the program, resulting in 26 participants at the county level. 

Santa Rosa contest winners are as follows.

Fourth grade

1st Place, Jake Hutchinson, "My Momma has a Belly Bug"

2nd Place, Pasco Rowell, "Bumpy Speech"

3rd Place, Emma Jackson, "Like a Girl"

Honorable Mention, Jonah Smith, "Every Cloud has a Silver Lining"

Fifth grade

1st Place, Cooper Carlock, "Terrorism Today"

2nd Place, Jada Savage, "Dreaming vs. Determination"

3rd Place, Ryan Welch, "September 26, 2016"

Honorable Mention, Mallory Hagan, "Foods Made by Mistake"

Sixth grade

1st Place, Tymera Williams, "Women's Rights Around the World"

2nd Place, Brandon Lewi, "Michael Jordan"

3rd Place, EmmaLee Pittman, "My Life with Headaches"

Honorable Mention, Rivers Lewis, "Family"

Other students who participated at the county level are as follows:

Fourth grade


Noelle Cover
Kate Jones
Olivia McCloskey
Layla McCullough
Kiley Samford


Fifth Grade


Jack Dendall
Nathan Hanners
Sydney Smith
Bailey Underwood
Jennabelle Womack   


Sixth Grade


Kyrstin Dubose
Makayla Guilbeau
Jesalyn Salort
Catie Staudt


Tropicana provides full scholarships to this summer's 4-H Camp Timpoochee for first-place elementary and middle school division winners.  

The business has sponsored the contest since 1969. It provides classroom materials for teachers, certificates of participation, medallions for school winners, and trophies for county winners, summer camp scholarships and orange juice refreshments for the county contest.