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By LuAnn Schindler

Off the cuff: Whiting tries extemporaneous speaking


LuAnn Schindler | SAM

Asher Whiting competed in extemporaneous speaking at the SkillsUSA Middle School Conference, March 1, in Grand Island.

Asher Whiting isn't sure if public speaking will be in his future.

The seventh-grade student said he chose to participate in extemporaneous speaking during the conference.

"I was told it was hard," he said.

According to the rules, Whiting had a five-munte prep time to develop and organize the speech.

After being given a topic, Whiting used three-inch by five-inch notecards to outline his thoughts.

He said during the competition, he didn't realize there was anything he would need to fix if he had a second opportunity to present.

"Except I needed a few more minutes to prepare," he said, chucklin...

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