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 advisor is Debra Burden.