Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kansas FFA Selects Top Prepared, Extemporaneous Speakers

MANHATTAN, Kan. – FFA members from the Marysville FFA and Coffeyville FFA were awarded first-place in the Kansas FFA Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Events (CDEs) on Thursday evening during the 81st Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, Kan.

Garret Lister, Marysville FFA member, took home the top honor in the Extemporaneous CDE, which challenges members to present on a current agricultural issue after only 30 minutes of preparation. The other three finalists in the event were Annelle Chestnut, Clay Center FFA, who placed second; Wyatt Decker, Washington County FFA, who placed third; and Jared Crittenden, Winfield FFA, who placed fourth.

The Prepared Public Speaking CDE was won by Kaylee Koch of the Coffeyville FFA chapter with her speech “The Effects of Music on Agriculture.” Jessica Grinstead, Buhler FFA, placed second; Allison Penner, Clay Center FFA, placed third; and Zach Langford, Buhler FFA, placed fourth. To participate in the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, members must submit a manuscript and bibliography, present a 6- to 8-minute speech and answer questions about their selected speech topic.

The Extemporaneous CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina and Casey and Tammy Niemann. The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina.

By winning at the state level, Lister and Koch both have the opportunity to compete in the National Career Development Events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 21-24, 2009.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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