Olympia FFA Excels At Public Speaking Event
Olympia FFA Excels At Public Speaking Event
Posted on 03/02/2017
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Bloomington, IL - The Olympia FFA Chapter was well represented at both the Section 9 FFA Public Speaking and Job Interview Career Development Events (CDE).  Molly Schempp won the Varsity Extemporaneous speech with her topic on developing a community garden. Griffen Jodlowski also represented Olympia FFA in the extemporaneous division that requires students to draw a topic and then prepare a speech in 30 minutes. Griffen’s topic was animal reproduction.  The extemporaneous speech is required to be 4-6 minutes long. All students answer 5 minutes of questions following their speech. 

In Varsity Prepared Speaking, Mackenzie Phillips placed fourth with her speech about non-traditional agriculture students. In the JV division, Aynslee Curry placed second with her speech about cloning animals. These students wrote and delivered an original speech that was 6-8 minutes long and answered questions from the judges.

Cavit Schempp was the section winner for the FFA Creed speaking event and Josie Litwiller placed fourth. These freshmen FFA students recited the five paragraph Creed that is so important to our organization. They also answered five minutes of questions from the judges. Cavit, Molly, and Aynslee have all qualified for the District 2 event in May.

In the Job Interview competition students completed a cover letter and resume for judging prior to the event. At the contest students completed an application, phone interview, personal interview, and follow up letter. FFA members were judged at both the Varsity and JV levels. Molly Schempp and Ashley Miller (varsity) did very well in representing Olympia FFA. Molly had the high score in personal interview and Ashley earned the highest score for her application. Cavit Schempp placed second and Mackenzie Phillips placed third in the JV competition.

FFA Advisor, Bryce Hoffman stated, “I’m very proud of each of these students for working hard to compete. Most students are very intimidated by public speaking, but not this group. The skills learned from these events will help them so much in their future careers. I look forward to working with them as they advance to the next level.”