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Speaking Development Events

Speaking Development Events (SDE) are held in the spring semester each year and are designed to promote FFA members' ability to research, develop, write and vocally deliver a speech over a topic of importance to agriculture.

FFA members must select a topic, present a timed speech and answer questions about their speech in front of a panel of judges.

The time limits are specific to each SDE. A uniform rubric is used to evaluate the many aspects of the speech delivery and question responses. 

SDEs are held at the district, area, state and in some cases, national levels and are extremely competitive. Some events have two divisions for competition; Junior (Greenhand) and Senior. The Junior speakers cannot be past their freshman year in high school.

The SDE categories are:
Junior Prepared Public Speaking
Senior Prepared Public Speaking (state winner advances to National FFA level)
Extemporaneous Public Speaking (state winner advances to National FFA level)
Soil Stewardship Prepared Public Speaking

 

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