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Fredericktown FFA Member Top 10 in State Beginning Public Speaking Contest

Recently, Maribeth Pozderac, a member of the Fredericktown FFA chapter, attended the State Public Speaking Contest to represent Knox County and District 7, as well as her chapter, in the Prepared Public Speaking portion of the contest. The event was held in Marysville.

For the Prepared Public Speaking Competition, contestants write a 5 to 7 minute long speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges. While speaking, contestants utilize various speaking techniques, such as tone or pitch and hand gestures to emphasize key parts of their oration and make the delivery more effective. Speeches must be on an agriculture-related issue and need to have a works cited page. After their presentation, members orally answer questions from the judges relating to the topic they chose.

Maribeth participated in the beginner’s division of Prepared Public Speaking, along with other members that had a limited experience with delivering speeches in front of groups and are slightly newer to FFA. She did a great job, placing 7th in the state in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking event.

Fredericktown FFA Member takes 5th place in State Advanced Public Speaking

Recently, Holly McClay, a Fredericktown FFA member, attended the State Public Speaking Contest to represent Knox County and District 7 in the Prepared Public Speaking portion of the contest. The event was held in Marysville.

For the Prepared Public Speaking Competition, contestants write a 5 to 7 minute long speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges. While speaking, contestants utilize various speaking techniques, such as tone or pitch and hand gestures to emphasize key parts of their oration and make the delivery more effective. Speeches must be on an agriculture-related issue and need to have a works cited page. After their presentation, members orally answer questions from the judges relating to the topic they chose.

Holly participated in the advanced division of Prepared Public Speaking, along with other members that have experience with delivering speeches in front of groups. She did a great job, placing 5th in the state in the Advanced Prepared Public Speaking event.

Fredericktown Hosts Public Speaking Contest

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter held their Annual Creed Speaking competition.

All the first year FFA members memorized the 5 paragraph long FFA Creed and recited it in front of the judges. Additionally, they answered a question from each of the three judges.

All of the members did very well. Those that competed in the beginning creed-speaking event were: (LtoR) Front Row: Ethan Smith, Joe McMahon, Jake Sanders, Kane Johnston, William Manning, and Will Stelzer. Middle Row: Marissa Simmons, Cassie Small, Aryel Ketchem, Heaven Martin, Katie Dilts, Alaina Adkins, Madison Baxter, and Marissa Wheeler. Back Row: Shelby Hughes, Hannah Vaughn, Georgie Caputo, Zoe Jones, Addison Batton, and Sarah Jones.

Marissa Simmons placed 1st and will be representing the chapter at the Knox County Beginning Creed-Speaking Competition in a few weeks. Cassie Small took 2nd place, Heaven Martin took 3rd, Madison Baxter received 4th, and Georgie Caputo was 5th.

3 of the members competed in the Advanced Creed-Speaking contest was held for first year FFA members who are not freshmen. Zoe Jones won 1st place and will also be moving on to the county competition. Katie Dilts and Sarah Jones participated and followed just a few points behind Zoe.





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