Fredericktown FFA

Fredericktown FFA members who recently competed in a district public speaking competition were (left to right) Emily Rook (Creed), Maribeth Pozderac (Extemporaneous), and Macy Thorne (Beginning Prepared).

AMANDA -- Three Fredericktown High School FFA members recently competed at the District 7 FFA Public Speaking Competition at Amanda-Clearcreek High School.

Members that represented the Fredericktown FFA were Emily Rook (Creed), Maribeth Pozderac (Extemporaneous), and Macy Thorne (Beginning Prepared).

Thorne was sixth place in the beginning prepared speaking section. Rook was seventh in the novice creed speaking section. Pozderac was fifth in the extemporaneous public speaking competition.

The Fredericktown FFA advisor is Debra Burden.

The competition included many separate division contests. The categories were Creed Speaking, Beginning Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Participants in the Prepared and Creed Speaking competitions were separated into beginning and advanced groups.

For the Creed Speaking event, members are to recite the FFA creed and then answer questions from the judges.

Contestants in the Prepared Public Speaking Contest are to write a five-to- seven-minute speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges before answering oral questions. The speeches may be on agriculture-related topic.

Finally, those who are involved in the extemporaneous portion of the event pick an agricultural topic, which will determine what subtopic they will be asked to speak on. Members draw a subtopic from their category and are given 30 minutes to research and create the outline for a four-to-six minute speech. They are then asked questions by each of the judges in regards to the topic on which they spoke.