The Liberty Union FFA Chapter had four members competing in the Ohio FFA Public Speaking Contest. Senior Mary Chestnut competed in the Advanced Prepared division and received 1st in Districts and 5th in State. Brooklyn Dray, a sophomore, entered the extemporaneous competition and received 5th place in the districts. At the county level, Masie, a freshman, participated in Creed Speaking and Taylor Amick, a sophomore, participated in Begin Prepared Speaking.
The FFA Public Speaking competition focuses on developing strong communication and leadership skills. The purpose of Creed Speaking Career Development is to provide FFA members with the opportunity to develop oral communication skills, confidence, and the ability to present in front of groups through agricultural public speaking activities. The goal of Advanced Public Speaking Career Development is to develop oral communication skills through agricultural public speaking activities. The prepared Advanced CDE is designed to develop confidence and the ability to perform in front of groups. The goal of extemporaneous public speaking career development is to develop oral communication skills, expressing thoughts and ideas with limited preparation. The Improvised Public Speaking CDE is designed to further develop the prepared speaker to deliver remarks in situations with minimal prior notice or rehearsal.