Youth Speech contestants can earn money

The Volusia County Farm Bureau is on the lookout for talented young speakers and invites teens to show off their abilities and earn some cash as they do. Each year, the local Farm Bureau hosts a Youth Speech Contest. The contest pays cash prizes and it opens the door to regional and state-level speech competition.
Who qualifies to compete? Students both in public and home-based schools between the ages of 14 and 18. Students must be residents of Volusia County. Farm Bureau membership is not required to enter.
The 2017 Youth Speech Contest theme is; “Today’s food companies employ many tactics, including food labels, to gain a marketing edge. How can farmers and ranchers ensure that consumers understand these labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?”
Contestants write a five-minute speech on the selected topic and orally deliver it in front of members of the Volusia County Farm Bureau board of directors and other invited guests at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Volusia County Farm Bureau office, 3090 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
Winners are selected based on accuracy of content, how well the student demonstrated knowledge of the topic, effective delivery, clarity and expression. Winners are announced after all speeches are given. Prizes are $250 for first, $200 second and $150 third place. County-level winners will move on to the District contest. District winners also receive cash prizes. District winners move on to the State championship held at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Convention in October.
To enter the contest or for more information please call Bill Hester at 386-734-1612.