Section 19 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Event

February 2, 2018

South Central FFA Chapter was recently represented by Jami Tidwell, Cotter Hiestand, and Jacob Hanks at the Section 19 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Event. The event was hosted by the Cowden Herrick High School Agriculture program.

Jami and Cotter competed in the Creed Speaking competition. This area of competition is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting. Members deliver the creed from memory and respond to three questions. Creed and Extemporaneous Speaking is a great opportunity to get younger FFA members excited about FFA and public speaking through a competitive event. The event gives FFA members the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.

Jacob Hanks participated in the Varsity Extemporaneous Speech area. This area is structured where contestants are only allowed thirty minutes to research a major Agricultural topic using the internet and other resources. Students are first required to “draw” a topic by chance that they have no prior research done on. They then are allowed to develop a speech using only notecards on the topic that they selected by chance. Students are then judged according to how they spoke during their speech. They are also evaluated on how well they were able to organize their speech and the knowledge on the topic gained through their research.

This event is one of many educational activities in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes. This competition helps to lay the groundwork for good public presentation skills that students will use for the rest of their lives.