Two FFA members from the Girard FFA were awarded first-place in the Kansas FFA Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Events (CDEs) on Thursday evening during the 82nd Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, Kan.
Brock Burnick 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 Lindy Billberry, Garden City FFA, who placed second; Nick Hermann, Holcomb FFA, who placed third; and Karl Janke, Chapman FFA, who placed fourth.
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The Prepared Public Speaking CDE was won by Sara Schifferdecker of the Girard FFA chapter with her speech "Trials and Triumphs of Agriculture in Haiti." Blaine Lotz, Labette County FFA, placed second; Alexis Wingerson, Smith Center FFA, placed third; and Justine Dlabal, Wilson 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, Burnick and Schifferdecker both have the opportunity to compete in the National Career Development Events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 20-23, 2010.