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  SPEAKING FINALS COMPETITION TAKES PLACE
 
By: Shelby Adamson, Needville FFA
July 11, 2012

 
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Butterflies filled the stomachs of FFA members Tuesday morning as they waited outside the rooms where they would compete in the 2012 State Speaking Finals. These students made it past the first round were now faced with the challenge of competing against the best in Texas.

“I get nervous after I compete,” said Chris Coulombe of Shallowater FFA. “I have no idea why. I can’t explain it.”

Coulombe competes in extemporaneous public speaking, which involves creating a speech on the spot. In the competition, contestants are given 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech on a randomly selected topic.

In some instances, contestants have to “stretch the truth” like Coulumbe or “make it up as best they can” like Colton Tobias of Hamshire-Fennet FFA. Prepared public speaking is another competition held at convention; this competition is quite different from extemporaneous public speaking. Students in this competition have been practicing their speeches since before their district competitions this past spring.

Paige Bowling’s speech focuses on Temple Granden, an autistic woman who has used her disability as an advantage. Granden has revolutionized slaughter facilities making them more humane for market animals. Bowling got the chance to sit down with Granden and interview her in preperation for her speech.

“I got second in Jr. Prepared Speaking last year,” Bowling said.

Since this is not Bowling’s first big competition, she has developed a way of calming those butterflies competitors might get. She listens to her mother’s advice, who is also her agriculture science teacher, and reads over good luck text messages from members of the state officer team. From making it up on the spot to having the ability to recite it in their sleep, all state competitors get nervous about the big speech. Whether it be a prayer that keeps them going or just a large, deep breath, they should be proud of what they have accomplished at the 2012 Texas FFA State Convention.
 
 
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