Last updated on April 20, 2022
By Nichollas Plucker
Isabelle Rector, a Vol State student, competed in four different speech categories: Original oratory, Oral interpretation, Improv to speech and Storytelling. Isabelle placed first in the original oratory category with a speech about Scouts BSA that she had wrote for a speech class with Dr. Johnson here at Volunteer State Community College.
The Oral interpretation was a competition of reading a piece of scripture from the bible with emotions and she placed third in it. The Improv to speech topic was, “As a Christian is it okay to result to violence because of another’s actions or words.” Isabelle placed first. For Storytelling, she was given a theme of honesty, with a location of a high school and the main character being an outcast, she placed second place in this category.
With all these there was also a range of 15-20 other people that Isabelle had to compete against, ranging in age from 14 to 18. All the competitors had already won on a district level, and this was the regional competition.
“When going into the speeches I had some nerves but was able to overcome it to perform well. When I got out, I had felt confident on how I did, but I would not know the results till the closing ceremony.” said Isabelle Rector.
“This event is not specifically a speech competition, but many different talents. This event is a Christian youth group event with kids from many different states. There is art, music, sports, etc.” said Isabelle Rector.
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“The whole point of the event is to give teens a place to share their talents, from God for God.” said Isabelle Rector.
Isabelle Rector on what she took away from this event, “I am proud that I have been able to overcome the fear of public speaking and even do well now.”