Area Youth Attend Public Speaking Academy

| July 23, 2013
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On the 18th and 19th of June, eighteen members of the Missouri 4-H program took part in the two day Public Speaking Academy at the Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo.

Four area youth attended the 3rd annual event.

Shea Fitzgerald of Johnson County

Tara Berry of Carroll County

Zoe Bradford of Daviess County

Addison Stanley of Daviess County

Kathy Bondy and Patty Fisher, 4-H youth development specialists with the University of Missouri Extension coordinated the event that’s geared towards 11 to 13 year olds. The goal of the conference was to develop public speaking skills, learn the fundamentals of speech writing, and to gain confidence in personal presentation. Instructors from Central Methodist University and University of Missouri Extension faculty led the workshops.

“A combination of activities helped participants identify the skills necessary to share an important thought, present a prepared speech and be successful in an interview.” Bondy said. “4-H members wrote a prepared speech using library resources and presented that speech to their peers. They developed an answer to the question, “Can you tell us about yourself?” and presented that to the group of parents and peers who gathered at the conclusion of the event. Delegates were also able to build team-building skills and experience life on a university campus.”

Public speaking is a project that is offered through the Missouri 4-H program, which is a program of the University of Missouri.

For more information on the Missouri 4-H youth development program visit

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