Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School Hosts FFA Public Speaking Invitational

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School has the privilege of hosting the FFA Public Speaking Invitational on January 22. More than 200 schools will be attending the event where students will talk about agricultural and sustainability-related issues. The judges, local chamber of commerce representatives, will evaluate the students in five different sections: The FFA Creed, Job Interview Tactics, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Topics, and Impromptu Speeches.

Marlisa Nordstrom, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac’s Science and FFA advisor, says, “The invitational benefits students from the community because they learn critical public speaking skills and interviewing strategies. These skills are advantageous when the students enter university and when entering the workforce.” The event supplements the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) curriculum Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic school has implemented.

The local Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac FFA chapter has already gained national notoriety when a group of students participated in the national FFA conference in Philadelphia. They also had the opportunity to visit Congressman Ken Calvert in Washington, DC, and discuss Agricultural and Native American issues in the region. Topics such as environmental sustainability will be at the forefront of the public speaking event.

“I really enjoy public speaking and collaborating with others when writing speeches. I’m looking forward to the invitational because It’s a super fun activity, and I’ll get to meet people with similar interests,” said sophomore Makena Stanisai. Emily Bosich, also a sophomore, expressed, “The FFA club here really helps with my public speaking skills. They have outlines, and they teach you the basics so that you can build upon your public speaking work.”

The FFA Public Speaking Invitational will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from 4:00 – 9:00 PM. Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School is excited for their high school FFA students and proud of the initiatives they have decided to explore, speak about, and present.

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