Still Project Judging

4-H Interview Grade Guidelines

Judges will be using the following guidelines when determining project grades.  Please keep this in mind as you prepare your project for judging.

  • Member will receive an “A” if they meet all the project requirements.
  • Member will receive a “B” if they meet only some of the requirements and/or forget project books.
  • Member will receive a “C” if they do not meet any of the requirements.

Project Note: Member projects cannot be a school or home school project.  A reminder that 4-H projects must be different than projects which have received a grade at school.  A member may not use a Science Fair project, Family Consumer Sciences project, Art project, etc. for a  4-H project.

Benefits of/Reasons for Interview Judging

  1. The educational 4-H project experience and the keeping of accurate, up-to-date records.
  2. Gains interview skills and builds self esteem and poise.
  3. Provides the opportunity to share what has been learned.
  4. Provides members with feedback on their projects.
  5. Provides balance for knowledge gained regardless of the features of the finished product.

Interview Judging Guidelines

  1. Interview judging of all projects is required for 4-H members; those not participating will be automatically graded incomplete.
  2. Members must bring their completed project book and records to judging.
  3. Members must complete all project requirements as outlined in the Defiance County 4-H Handbook.
  4. Consideration in judging will be given for member’s age, number of years in the same project or project area and any handicaps or learning disabilities.

Tips for 4-H Judging

  1. Be well groomed. Don’t chew gum.
  2. Use good posture. Sit and stand straight and tall.
  3. Be polite and use your best manners.
  4. Be prepared by talking about your project. Know what you did, how you did it, what you learned and what you might do differently the next time.
  5. When answering the judge’s questions, speak clearly and loudly enough for the judge to hear your answers.
  6. During your interview, look directly at the judge. Give him/her your full attention.  Don’t be distracted by other people or noises around you.
  7. Thank the judge when the interview is finished. Remember, the real purpose of judging is sharing and learning.
  8. Be pleasant and confident. Smile and be enthusiastic!
  9. Be proud of your accomplishments!! You worked hard to earn them.