Dec. 22, 2006
For the second year, Siouxland area Toastmasters clubs and Morningside College’s Regional Center for Teaching and Learning will team up to present the Youth Leadership Program Division A Speech Contest for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students in the Sioux City Community Schools (SCCS). This year’s event will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, commencing at 9:30 a.m. in the UPS Auditiorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside campus. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Twelve middle school TAG students will compete in either the Toastmaster International speech contest division or the table topics division. The speech contest involves presentation of a prepared, persuasive speech that is between four to six minutes in length. For the table topics division, students will speak extemporaneously for one to two minutes in response to a question.
TAG teachers from the SCCS who are involved with the competition include Jean Johnson, K-12 TAG Coordinator for the SCCS; Nancy Bower, West Middle; Sharon Russell, North Middle; and Chris Stills, East Middle.
Toastmasters volunteers involved in the contest include Jim Gilbert, Corliss Hassler, and Jane Schweer, all members of Toast O’Town Toastmasters Club.
Judges for the event include Cyndi Lacina of Great West Casualty in South Sioux City, Neb., Ciceros Toastmasters Club; Doug VanderVoort of Gelita, Inc., in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Toast O' Town Toastmasters Club; and Bev Roarson of Sergeant Bluff, Toast O' Town Toastmasters Club.
Nearly ninety 8th grade TAG students from the SCCS are participating in the Youth Leadership Program for District 19 of Toastmasters International during the 2006-2007 academic year. Until this year, students from the SCCS have been the only participants in the program for District 19, which includes all of Iowa and South Sioux City, Neb. The program, sponsored by local Toastmasters clubs and administered by Toastmasters volunteers, is delivered in eight workshop-style sessions. The goal of the program is to assist young people in developing communication and leadership skills and improve self-confidence.