News News Briefs — 20 December 2013
News:  FFA travels to Winter CDE speech competitions

Future Farmers of America (FFA) attended winter Career Development Event Day on Dec. 12 at Marysville, Kan.

Seven students went to winter CDE Day, including sophomores Isaac Brunkow, Jackson Fike, Macie Frakes and Kyle Riffel, and freshmen Zach Havenstein, Cale Hinrichsen and Grace Wilcox. Agriculture teacher David Holliday sponsored the group.

At winter CDE Day, the students participated in speech contests, including sophomore and freshman speech contests, extemporary speaking and the recital of the FFA creed. The purpose of the speech contest was to have students prepare their speeches and be ready to speak to their panel of judges. In extemporary speaking, students draw three topics, they pick one and they have 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech.

Fike and Wilcox participated in the sophomore and freshman division speech contests, Brunkow and Hinrichsen participated in extemporary speaking, Havenstein and Hinrichsen recited the creed and Riffel did a prepared speech.

After they were done speaking, the judges ranked them by what their speeches were about and how long they spoke. Then they ranked the top 10 sophomores and the top 10 freshmen. As the final results of the speech contests, Fike placed third in the sophomore division speech, Hinrichsen placed fifth in extemporary speaking and sixth in the creed, Frakes placed sixth in the sophomore division, Havenstein placed 10th in the creed and Wilcox placed 10th in the freshman division. Riffel did not place in the top 10 in his category.

“I am really surprised!” Frakes said. “I got sixth place in the upperclassmen division out of 18 people!”

While Frakes was happy with her success, Brunkow said he was disappointed in his results.

“I did not really have enough information for my speech in extemporary speaking,” Brunkow said.

The overall purpose of the event was to develop speaking skills, which Rock Creek did well. FFA normally does speech contests every year, and students hope to keep doing their best at speaking about agriculture.

Article by Keegan Mocabee, Staff Member

Photo courtesy of David Holliday

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