January 25th and 27th are the dates for the Area 4 and 3 Extemporaneous Speaking CDE but NOW is the time to build your resource notebook and prepare for competition. 

Below are a few details to help you prepare.

A. Reference Materials


The officials in charge of the event on the following basis will screen reference material:

a. must be limited to five items.

b. must be printed material such as books or magazines and/or a compilation of collected materials. To be counted as one item, a notebook or folder of collected materials may contain NO more than 100 single sided pages or 50 pages double sided numbered consecutively (cannot be notes or speeches prepared by the participant or notes prepared by another person for the purpose of use in this event). 

c. Items can be highlighted but no handwritten notes on or attached to documents will be allowed. 



Each speech should be the result of the participant’s own effort using approved reference material which the participant may bring to the preparation room. No other assistance may be provided. Participants must use the uniform note cards provided. Any notes for speaking must be made during the 30-minute preparation period.


Examples of Reference Materials:


1. Personal Books, Magazines, Newspapers

            Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer, New York Time, Wall Street Journal, Local Newspaper


2. Industry Trade Associations

            American Quarter Horse Assoc, Georgia Green Industry Assoc., Georgia Forestry Commission, WOOD Magazine


3. Organizations & Experts Interviews

            Agribusiness person, Farmer, President of civic club or industry related organization, Agricultural scientist, College of Agriculture

4. Surveys public opinion polls, agriculture stats


5. Biographical sources

            Dictionary of National and American Biography, Who’s Who in America


6. Computer Databases & Websites

            ERIC, Agridata Network, AG STAT





Day of the competition: 

1. Upon arrival student / advisors sign in on registration sheet. 

(Note: This competition is for students in grade 9-12)


2. Facilities and Equipment:

    A. Will be 2 rooms for this cde.  Room one for students to write speech and room two for judges and student giving speech.

        Room two will be equipped with a podium for speaker; table and chairs for judges.

    B. Time Keepers in both rooms with stopwatches.

    C. Scorecards and rules provided for judges.


3. After student signs in - the student draws 3 topics from the 12 topics face down on a table  (2010-11 topics attached). From these three topics, the student selects one topic for their speech.


4. Room One: The student will have 30 minutes to write a speech on this topic and then will deliver an extemporaneous speech to the judges in room two. Students may use approved reference sources to assist in preparing their speeches (see above and national guidelines).


5. Room Two: The speech should be 4 to 6 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges.  

Time Deduction:  minus 1 point per second over 6 min and minus 1 per second under 4 minutes, determined by the timekeepers


After the student has completed the speech. Judges will ask questions.


6. Each judge will individually score each participant.(score card attached) 

The participants will then be ranked in numerical order on the basis of the final score by each judge.  The judges' ranking of each participant then shall be added and the winner will be that participant whose total ranking is the lowest.

If you have any questions give me a call.


Kevin Jump
Area Mechanics Teacher
Central Region Agricultural Education
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA  31030
478 825 6068 office
478 230 8344 cell
478 825 6980 fax