The following is another memorable speech from March’s HOF Induction Ceremony in Princeton, given by Amy Roediger of Mentor (Cleveland).
May it inspire you and your team in preparation for the upcoming season.
March 4, 2016 – Princeton HS (GMV) – State Finals
Before I say anything else, I want to express my congratulations to Missy [Stertzbach, fellow inductee] and also recognize Pam Pesa, Dale Schilling, and Chad Ries. I would be thrilled to be included in just a sentence with these people; to have shared the Hall-of-Fame ballot with them is such an honor.
A lot of people are talking this season about the use of visual aids in Informative Speaking, so it must be a little-known fact that visual aids have been allowed in Congress for some time. In fact, a couple of years ago, I suggested to my Congress team that we start bringing a felt board to tournaments so that we could make spontaneous visual aids as we needed them.
We could place different-colored people on the board to match up with statistics like “Three out of five people support a piece of legislation…,” or use pieces of circles to make pie charts. Well, I got that far before one of my Congress kids placed a circle on the board and said, “One hundred percent of us think this is a terrible idea.”
Somehow, though, when I would be the one speaking in front of 1200 people, they suddenly thought the felt board was a tremendous idea. I guess there is no turning back now, so here are my 10 words and a felt board.
One of the many things I love about Amy is that she cares passionately about all of the students who do this activity, not just those from Mentor. She often asks about a specific student of mine who just placed for the first time, or who is back competing after some time off, and it isn’t because she is being “creepy-competitive”—but rather because she really wants the best for every student. Of her many amazing qualities, this is the best.
–Jason Habig, Hathaway Brown