She may only be eight-years-old, but Alyssa Sinclair is already a four time first place winner.
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Alyssa Sinclair, a Cloverbud with the MacDowell Equine Elite 4-H Club, won first place for her speech “Shhh … It’s a secret” at Provincials in Yorkton on April 12.
Alyssa -- a Cloverbud with the MacDowell Equine Elite 4-H Club -- won first place at club, district, regional and provincial levels for public speaking.
The journey started with writing her speech, Alyssa’s mom Roberta said. Alyssa decided to write her speech about her cat Bubbles after the cat had an adventure in the city.
“We went to the skating rink after school and we found him right in front of my mom’s car,” Alyssa said. “(We live) in the country.”
“The cat, Bubbles, is all of sudden in front of my car at 7 p.m. after all day being at home,” Roberta said. “We went outside and I was like, ‘That looks like your cat Alyssa, but it can’t be because we have been in town all day.’ It was her cat.”
Roberta said the cat must have crawled up into a safe part of the car and rode around all day until the evening.
After discovering the cat, Alyssa and Roberta decided it would make a great topic for a speech -- Alyssa called it “Shhh … It’s a secret,” and spoke about her cat’s magic powers.
“My cat Bubbles is a one of a kind” Alyssa said, reciting her speech. “What makes him really special -- his secret power. Shhh … don’t tell anyone -- my cat Bubbles is a magician. My cat Bubbles can disappear and reappear. I discovered this power one day after school.”
Her speech told the story of finding Bubbles after spending the day in town and being puzzled by how the cat appeared when they all thought he was on the farm.
“My mom is still baffled to this day, not sure how he did it, but I know -- it’s a secret power. Yep, my cat is a one of a kind,” her speech concluded.
“We wrote the speech together and she went within her own club, to districts at the John M. Cuelenaere library which she got first at so then she moved on to regionals at Leroy,” Roberta said. “From Leroy she went to Yorkton. We drove through a snowstorm to get there that weekend but it was all worthwhile because she got first again.”
Alyssa said is was a “very exciting” experience and her favourite part was “meeting new friends.”
Although juniors, intermediates and seniors all go on to compete at Nationals, since Alyssa is a Cloverbud, Provincials was her last competition this year.
“Alyssa was very excited and at the banquet table -- she was like, ‘OK, what’s next? Where do I go next after this?’ because she won first again,” Roberta said. “I was very excited for her.”
She is already looking forward to next year and trying to brainstorm topics.
The public speaking is one of two requirements to finish a 4-H year, Roberta said. The other is a record book, which the members work on throughout the year, tracking their own progress.
This is Alyssa’s third and last year in Cloverbuds. Next year she will move up an age group. She enjoys riding her horse, Cody, and learning new skills in the club.
What is black and white and has a dot on the tip of its nose? I’ll tell you what -- my cat Bubbles. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, fellow 4-Hers and honourable judges. My cat Bubbles is a one of a kind. What makes him really special -- his secret power. Shhh … don’t tell anyone. My cat Bubbles is a magician. My cat Bubbles can disappear and reappear. I discovered this power one day after school. I said goodbye to Bubbles in the morning, went to school, spent all day at school, went to the skating rink, spent two hours at the skating rink and when we came out, abracadabra, poof, my cat Bubbles was there in front of my mom’s car waiting for us. Pretty cool huh? Not too sure how he did it. My mom is still baffled to this day, not sure how he did it, but I know. It’s a secret power. Yep, my cat is a one of a kind.