INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event (LDE) were announced Friday October 26th at the seventh session of the National FFA Convention & Expo. The event was held in conjunction with the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. E.L. Caraway of Texas served as superintendent of this year's event. 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.

We are proud to sponsor the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event again this year, to help equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with tools for success, said Brian Leake, Advocacy and Communications Manager.

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 LDE 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 a six to eight 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 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.

The National FFA Organization National Event Winners -
Prepared Public Speaking 2018

Top Placing Individuals
1st Place-- Lauren Roberts of Trenton FFA, FL
2nd Place-- Haley Benbow of Fortuna FFA, CA
3rd Place-- Delbert Reynolds of Huntington FFA, TX
4th Place-- Jaynee Giffing of Springville FFA, UT

Jaynee is the daughter of Rob and Monica Giffing of Spring Lake, she is a senior at Springville High School.

About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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