Kyle Hilbert and Kaylen Baker Both Advance to National Speech Finals at 2011 National FFA ConventionThu, 20 Oct 2011 04:43:24 CDT
Two big wins came to Oklahoma FFA members in the two national speech contests on Wednesday- as both of Oklahoma's representatives advanced to the Final Four that will be held on the Finals Stage Thursday.
Kyle Hilbert of Depew FFA advanced in the National Extemporaneous Speech Contest- winning in the Preliminary round and the national semifinal round. Hilbert spoke on what agriculture might look like without subsidies in the first round on Wednesday morning, then on strategies to feed a population of more than nine billion people by the year 2050. After he had drawn a topic from three choices, Hilbert had thirty minutes to prepare his speech that is to run from four to six minutes in length- once his speech is complete- he defends his work by answering questions from the judges for the next five minutes.
Kaylen Baker of Yukon FFA also has made it to the Final Four- in this case in the National Prepared Public Speech Contest. Her topic was a look at Miniature breeds of beef cattle. Again, as with Hilbert, Baker advanced by giving her speech and answering questions before two different sets of judges, advancing now to the National Prepared Speech Finals where the top four speakers this year will compete. We talked with Kaylen earlier- and you can see our video talking about her speech by clicking here.
This is the second time in as many years that Oklahoma has placed a finalist in both contests- in 2010, Ashton Mese competed and won the National Extemporaneous Speech Contest while Tara Newton spoke in the National Final Four of the Prepared Speech category and won that top prize as well. Both Ashton and Tara were from the Kingfisher FFA Chapter.
We continue to add picutres to our Flickr set of the 2011 National FFA Convention- click here to jump to those pictures that include some shots from the opening day of the National Career Show and a lot more.
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