Denver JROTC Students Hone Public Speaking Skills in Speech Competition
Story by: LTC (RET) Steve Osterholzer | November 20th, 2018
DENVER, CO -- Ten of Denver's finest JROTC students showed great speaking skill and personal courage in a recent oratory contest sponsored by one of the city's chapters of the Optimist Club. Held annually, the Windsor Gardens Speech Competition promotes the life skills of public speaking, self-confidence, and overcoming fear.
“Studies have shown that the number one fear of Americans isn’t death, but public speaking,” said Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Steve Osterholzer, the Director of Army Instruction for Denver JROTC. “This outstanding competition, graciously hosted by the Optimist Club, arms students with a skill that will prove invaluable in both the college and workforce setting.”
The competition has a male and female category and young women of Denver JROTC competed on October 5th. Each of Denver’s 10 JROTC programs nominated an outstanding Cadet to deliver a three to five minute speech on a topic. This year’s topic question was, “How has JROTC prepared you for the future?” Cadets are evaluated by a panel of Optimist Club judges in such areas as poise, confidence and speaking ability. While all 10 cadets delivered outstanding speeches, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Marina Banuelos from Abraham Lincoln high school came out on top.
"The learning experience from the Windsor Gardens competition goes beyond this event itself; it carries on into future situations such as college and life,” said Banuelos, a junior with a 4.6 GPA. “ I learned that no matter how nerve-wracking and challenging the situation may be, you always have to put your best foot forward, carry on the task, and simply enjoy the moment."
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