KINGDOM CITY, Mo. — The note cards in Jaclyn McMurtry's hands shook slightly as she spoke. This was just a practice round — during a competition this spring, she'll need to have her speech memorized.
"My typical day," she began her presentation Thursday at the North Callaway Board of Education meeting.
McMurtry is a Future Farmers of America (FFA) member and senior at North Callaway High School. She's set to participate in the FFA's public speaking competition. She and her fellow competitors don dark blue FFA jackets and give prepared speeches about an agriculture-related topic before a panel of judges.
McMurtry's speech must fall between six and eight minutes in length. Fellow participant Ciara Raithel is in a lower division and only has to give a four- to-six-minute speech.