Ten of DPS’ JROTC students showed their speaking skills and personal courage in a recent 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 Lt. Col. 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 male and female categories and young women of Denver JROTC competed on Oct. 5. Each of DPS’ 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 Lt. Col. Marina Banuelos from Abraham Lincoln High School won the competition.
“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. “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.”
For more information on JROTC please visit DenverJROTC@dpsk12.org.