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Clara Wicoff Earns Silver Emblem Ranking in Prepared Public Speaking CDE

Oct 31, 2015

LOUISVILLE- Winners of the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the seventh session of the National FFA Convention & Expo. The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Mr. Horace Johnson from North Carolina State University served as superintendent of this year\'s event.

Clara Wicoff of the Iola FFA Chapter represented Kansas at this year’s event and earned the silver emblem ranking.

The top four individuals received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the prepared public speaking event are sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Organization.

“We are proud to sponsor the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event again this year, to help equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with tools for success,” said Michael Parrish, Monsanto North America Corporate Engagement Lead. “Mastering public speaking allows for students to excel in their future careers, but also allows them to become our industry¶s greatest voice.”

The prepared public speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well thought-out and logical manner in a competitive setting. Members prepare and deliver an eight to ten minute speech from memory and respond to five minutes of questions. The event is just one way FFA members can develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.

The event, held at the Marriott Hotel and Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.

Silver Emblem Individuals
Clara Wicoff of Iola FFA, KS

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