*New in 2021
In the JUNIOR division, contestants at Regional and National Classics will give a “Prepared Speech”. You will choose from topics listed.
You will be able to use two 3x5 notecards handwritten when giving your speech.
Speeches will be three to seven minutes in length. Time elapsed will be posted during the speech so that contestants are aware of timing. Speakers who finish before three minutes have elapsed or who run past seven minutes will be penalized 1 point for each second over or under.
Following the speech time will be allowed for questions from the judges.
Intermediate and Senior Divisions
Contestants will report to the preparation room 35 minutes prior to their scheduled speaking time. Contestants draw topics from a pool and select one of which to speak. Subject areas will include topics pertinent to agriculture and the beef industry. Contestants will be judged on subject knowledge, organization, presentation, response to questions, and general effectiveness.
Time Allotted: 30 minutes of prep time, three to seven-minute speeches. Time elapsed during the speech will be posted so contestants are aware of timing. Speakers who finish before three minutes or run past seven minutes will be penalized one point for each second over or under. Following the speech time will be allowed for questions from the judges.
Materials: Contestants are given an information packet on the selected topic and two 3 x 5 note cards, absolutely no outside materials are allowed.
Dress: Business casual (khakis, dress pants, button-up shirts, sweaters)