Orlando, Fla. – The winner of the middle school Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event is Cassidy Hasting of the Turkey Creek Middle School FFA Chapter. Hasting was recognized at the 84th Annual Florida FFA State Convention.
Turkey Creek FFA member Cassidy Hasting has spent countless hours over the last couple of months preparing and memorizing her speech. By participating in this contest, Hasting has continued to develop agricultural leadership by being able to speak in front of an audience on current agricultural issues.
Participants may choose any current agricultural subject for their speeches, which may include agriscience and technology, agribusiness, agrimarketing, international agricultural relations and agricultural communications. Participants then have six to eight minutes to present their speeches, followed by five minutes of questioning.
Other finalists in the Prepared Public Speaking CDE were Jarrett Douglas of the Bell FFA Chapter, Kinsey Register of the Altha FFA Chapter, Bailey Knowles of the Galaxy FFA Chapter, and Madison Mahoney of the Osceola FFA Chapter. The top five finalists received their awards, sponsored by Ed and Susie Osborne. The top team also received a Prepared Speaking CDE Travel Award, sponsored by the Florida Association of Agricultural Educators.
About the Florida FFA State Convention
The annual state FFA convention is truly a week that absolutely everybody should experience. FFA members come together to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Honoring past and present accomplishments, FFA members, along with advisors, alumni, parents and supporters, will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders for the future.
About the Florida FFA Association
The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with 16,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.