The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 16, 2013

Schnaithman named FFA public speaking champion


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Tyler Schnaithman, an Oklahoma State University freshman and Oklahoma State FFA secretary, was named national prepared public speaking champion at the National FFA Convention and Expo.  

There were 50 state winners competing. The field was narrowed to 16, and the final four were recognized on stage at the seventh session of the National FFA Convention.

Earlier in 2013, Schnaithman took the state speech competition by storm, winning two of the prepared speech categories as well as the statewide extemporaneous speech contest.

He chose to speak in the prepared speech category in Louisville, and also made the decision to use his plant science speech as the one he submitted to the national organization. Schnaithman won with a speech defending modern production agriculture, portraying the fact that it is unfair for advocates or organic, natural and non-GMO food to bash the way conventional food is grown.

The prepared public speaking CDE is the oldest national competition in the organization’s history. It is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well thought out and logical manner in a competitive setting. Members prepare and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech from memory and respond to five minutes of questions.

Schnaithman graduated from Garber High School.