Clark Kolterman, Speech Coach at Seward High School brought 3 of his Speech Class students to Kiwanis this noon to have lunch with us and present the program. Clark has been the Speech Coach here for a number of years in continuation of capable teachers during the over 50 years of the program here in Seward. The SHS class of over 40 students, participates in area tournaments throughout the area. They have 25-30 students participating weekly in the NSAA weekly speech competitions. There are 9 categories of speeches ranging from ten minute memorized Persuasive speeches to Extemporaneous which are 5 to 7 minute speeches on international topics with only one hour to prepare.
The 3 students included Alexa who gave a persuasive speech on "The importance of Learning a Foreign Language". I don't think she missed a word during the 10 minutes. The other two were Will who also gave a persuasive speech on "space Flight" and while making reference to the Challenger and Columbia disasters, recognized our many successes. Ben was the final of the 3 seniors to speak and had a Humorous Prose speech on "Time". While it was humorous, I believe we all learned a bit about the history of our 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, etc. He displayed a digital clock showing the number of seconds since January 1, 1970, which provides a universal point of reference. Great Program.