BHC student earns perfect score in public speaking at ag conference

Kelley Koester - webA Black Hawk College student recently earned a perfect score in public speaking at a national agriculture conference.

Kelley Koester of Elizabeth earned a perfect score (320 of a possible 320 points) and tied for first place overall at the 2016 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization Conference in Kansas City, MO.

After a tie-breaker, Koester was second overall in Speakers in Agriculture – Prepared.

Each state PAS association may enter its first place and second place state winners to compete at the National PAS conference. Koester finished second place at the Illinois PAS State Conference last fall.

For the prepared speakers competition, students write and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. The topic of Koester’s speech was farm safety.

Koester is an ag transfer student at the Black Hawk College East Campus.

PAS was founded in March 1980. The organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. It is open to students in agriculture/agribusiness/natural resources postsecondary programs at approximately 550 institutions in all 50 states. The membership of 1,400 members from 62 chapters in 18 states.