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Tara Newton of Kingfisher Ready and Excited to Challenge for Top Spot in Prepared Public Speaking at National FFA Convention

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:12:22 CDT

Tara Newton of Kingfisher Ready and Excited to Challenge for Top Spot in Prepared Public Speaking at National FFA Convention Tara Newton understands that she has a big set of high heels to fill as she represents Oklahoma in the National Prepared Public Speaking Contest this week at the 83rd Annual Convention of the National FFA organization. Newton is from the Kingfisher FFA Chapter, the same Chapter that produced McKenzie Walta, who spoke about genetically modified pigs in a Prepared Speech that took her all the way to the finals- where she won the National Championship just a short year ago here in Indianapolis. Click here to go back and remember our coverage of McKenzie's success in 2009.

Tara won the state Prepared Public Speaking Contest at the State Convention this past May- and will begin the task of speaking at the National Convention on Wednesday morning. She has written, memorized and is delivering a speech on the importance of keeping antibiotics available for animal agriculture. She tells us that her interest in this story stems from the two part series that Katie Couric of CBS News did back in February of this year. Click here to see some of the treatment of this subject that is still on the CBS website from the Couric investigative piece. Newton believes that animal agriculture was treatly unfairly by Couric- and has did extensive research as she developed her speech that carried her from Kingfisher all the way to Indianapolis this week.

We talked briefly with Tara Newton after she had presented her speech and was grilled with questions for over a half hour a group of "judges" in preparation for what she will face in the opening rounds here at the National Convention Contest. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear our conversation about her passion of competing in Public Speaking- and her thoughts about the topic she has chosen for her speech.

Our coverage of the Oklahoma FFA members at the 2010 National FFA Convention is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association- click here for details about the Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association.


Ron Hays talks with Tara Newton of Kingfsiher about the Prepared Public Speaking Contest in Indianapolis.
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