GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City FFA Chapter participated in the District Speaking Contest on February 12th in Glenwood City, WI. Participants included Wesley Franklin, Jim Buttles, Kaylin Spaeth, Kaitlin Konder, Kimberly Spaeth, Joe Obermueller, Owen Wagner, Collin Schone, Austin Wannemacher and Harli Meyer. Most of the participants will be headed to the Sectional Speaking Contest on March 12th in New Richmond, WI. In order to move on to Sectionals a student must receive either first or second place in their contest event.
Kaitlin Konder competed in the Extemporaneous and Discussion contests. She had to create, memorize, recite, and answer questions about a speech that she wrote in 30 minutes in front of a panel of judges for the extemporaneous contest. In discussion, she had to put forth quality comments and input to agriculturally themed discussions. Kaitlin ended up placing 1st in the Extemporaneous event and 3rd in Discussion. She is very excited to make it on to Sectionals in such a challenging event. Kaylin Spaeth participated in the Job Interview contest that involved filling out a sample application, completing a cover letter and resume, and participating in a mock interview. Kaylin placed first in the contest and was very excited since this is her final year participating in a speaking event. She also placed 1st in the Discussion Meet contest! Wesley Franklin placed 2nd in the Prepared Speaking contest with a speech he wrote on the History of John Deere. Jim Buttles and Kimberly Spaeth memorized the FFA Creed and recited it in front of a panel of judges as well as answered questions about the Creed. Jim placed 7th and Kimberly placed 3rd in the event. Lastly, the Middle School FFA Quiz Bowl Teams consisting of Kimberly Spaeth, Joe Obermueller, Harli Meyer, Owen Wagner, Collin Schone, and Austin Wannemacher were drilled with questions relating to the FFA Organization. Team A (Kimberly, Joe, and Harli) placed 1st and Team B (Owen, Collin, and Austin) placed 3rd in the competitive event. “All participants worked really hard to compete at the District FFA Speaking Contest and I am so proud of every one of them. I am looking forward to the Sectional Speaking Contest in March and am hoping to have student(s) advance to the state level. I also would like to specially thank everyone that volunteered to judge and help run the event since we were the host this time.”