INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, August 6, 2014/National FFA Organization.) ʹA local FFA chapter recently was selected to compete for national recognition in an FFA Career Development Event at October͛s 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. The Poplarville Hs FFA Chapter from Poplarville will send members to Louisville, Ky., as they vie for national honors in the area of Extemporaneous Public Speaking. National support for the Extemporaneous Public in the event include Braxton Lee. The chapter advisor is Keith Broom. Extemporaneous public speaking is one of 24 national CDE areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals are given 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech covering one of 12 agriculture-related topics. Judges evaluate speaking, presentation, content and ability to answer questions pertaining to the topic covered in the speech. Finalists are selected based on speech& delivery, content and responses to the questions. National participants will advance through preliminary and semifinal rounds, with the top four speakers competing in the final round of the national event. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.