NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Jersey Cattle Association Contact: Cherie L. Bayer, Ph.D.
6486 East Main Street Director of Development
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-2362 614/861-3636 Ext. 334
Phone 614/861-3636 Fax 614/861-8040
JERSEY JUNIOR PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
ENTRIES DUE JUNE 1
May 4, 2007, Reynoldsburg, OH—Friday, June 1 is the deadline for Jersey youth to enter the second national Jersey public speaking competition, TalkJersey, to be held during the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The contest is open to all AJCA Junior or Lifetime Members, ages 7 through 20 as of January 1, 2007.
The preliminary round of judging will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. The finalists will present their talks during the breakfast session on Saturday, June 30, with the awards to be presented after all presentations have been made.
Cash awards sponsored by ABS Global Inc. and prizes from the American Jersey Cattle Association will be presented in all divisions.
Presentations must be created by the contestants and be on any aspect of the Registered Jersey™ business, including current affairs and dairy industry trends.
Juniors will be divided into groups by their age on January 1, 2007: I – 7 to 10 years; II – 11 to 13 years; III – 14 to 16; and IV – 17 and older. Division I (7-10 years) juniors present demonstrations between 4 and 6 minutes in length. Posters may be used in addition to demonstration materials. Juniors in Divisions II, III and IV present speeches between 5 and 7 minutes in length. Visual aids are not allowed. Speaker notes are permitted. No more than four (4) 4” x 6” notecards may be used. During the preliminary phase of the contest, judges will ask questions following each presentation.
The order of speakers will be determined by drawing lots after all entries are received. Contestants will receive their speaking time and judging scorecard by Friday, June 8. Contestants will be scored on the basis of 50 points: topic selection and content, 20%; organization of speech, 20%; vocal presentation, 20%; presentation and effectiveness, 20%; and response to questions, 20%. One (1) point will be subtracted from the total point score for each 15 seconds over or under the required time.
Complete rules and entry instructions were published in the April issue of Jersey Journal, and are also posted on the USJersey web site at www.usjersey.com/YouthProgram/07_TalkJersey.pdf.
Entries will be accepted by mail or email. Mail to Talk Jersey, c/o American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362 or email to email@example.com