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Jan. 12th, 2008 | 06:19 pm
listening to:: "Obstacle 1" - Interpol
posted by: a_wmn in acadec

First off, hello!

I'm from So-Cal, and my school district pays for this guy to come do Saturday workshops on the various subjects to help us study.
Today we worked on written/impromptu speeches and interviews, because we'll be doing all that good stuff for real in two weeks.
Some of the speeches were showcased (including mine, coughcough), and they were incredibly interesting.  However, what I found even more interesting were the challenges some of these students had to face writing them.

For example, one girl, who is dyslexic, had to write, revise and memorize her entire speech in her head because she just can't write well enough.  One of my teammates has a very heavy accent, so she has a lot of trouble with pronunciation.  Today, she asked the workshop guy if he could help her pronounce "clitoris".  Oh, the look on his face!  (Her speech was on female genital cutting.)  My topic, conflict diamonds, was heavily researched.  So much so that my first reading was almost six minutes!  This is my favorite topic, so it was very tough trying to kill off parts of my baby.  But now, it's at a perfect time.

So, my fellow decathletes, what are your speeches about?  And what types of difficulties did you face?  Even if they were minor ones, like being too long.

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Bakery Fresh

from: rin_333
date: Jan. 13th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)

Ah! A fellow californian! Care to join my ca_4_acadec community?

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Amelia

from: verovladamir
date: Jan. 14th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)

I was in the state competition last year (my senior year, in Wisconsin) and I did my speech on genocide in the 20th century. I can relate. My speech was heavily researched (it was actually based off of a research paper that I had done for Anthropology). I made the paper into a speech, compromising a general definition of genocide, a summary of the Armenian genocide, a summary of the holocaust, and an analysis of the similarities. When I first read through the speech, it was 7:35.
I slimmed it down, and had to be very careful to keep it right on track, lest I go over. It's nice, however, that during the competition they show you how much time you have left.

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Oh! Another decathlete! :p

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 19th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)

It just came to me one day that I should write about bottled water claim validity and stuff like that. At first my speech ended up being timed at 7:34 :(
And then I just revised it and cut off a chunk and now it's fine timed!
My coach liked my speech, and it landed me in a good position on the team, but I have yet to fully stuff it in my head >_>

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Jill

from: msjbean
date: Jan. 29th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

Are you talking about Mr. Cathers and HIPP?

Because if so, I'm totally nostalgic.

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from: ibman
date: Mar. 13th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)

Last season I wrote my speech completely at the last minute because I got bored with the old one. And I did a speech on the features we are finding on extrasolar planets and how it supports the possibilty of life elsewhere in the universe.

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Dislexia

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)

Ironic, one of my teammates wrote his speech on dislexia.

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