Lydia Jeub: 1st Place National Expository Speaker

Last week I took five Jeub kids to the National Invitational Tournament of Champions in San Diego, put on by the exclusively homeschool organization called Stoa. Several of the kids qualified…

  • Cynthia: Team-Policy debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Apologetics, Original Oratory
  • Lydia: Team-Policy debate (with her sister), Expository Speaking
  • Isaiah: He almost qualified in Humorous Interpretation, but we bought him his plane ticket early hoping he would.
  • Micah: Duo Interpretation
  • Noah: Duo Interpretation (with his brother)

Above is the video of Lydia’s speech. Expository speech is a platform speech (meaning the speaker writes it herself) that is allowed to use visual aids during the presentation. Lydia used her 5×5 elk she harvested when she was 13.

Lydia really worked hard on this speech. It seemed like a day didn’t go by all season long where she was fiddling with her props or rearranging her speech. She hadn’t taken 1st place all year (tough competition in Colorado), so she was expecting a lower place. Check out this video of her receiving her 1st place trophy. It was like she won 7 times till her name was called.

Read the original story from back in 2007.

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  • Lisa Salazar

    Lydia’s skills as a speaker are impressive for someone twice her age, let alone a young woman! I’ve never hunted (and frankly don’t have any desire to!), but was completely enthralled with her speech. And you hit the nail on the head with the awards video; she absolutely looks  like she won that award every time someone else’s name was announced. Congratulations to Lydia and her undoubtedly (and deservedly) proud family!

  • Katie

    Wow, congrats Lydia! Her speech is awesome, and her props are amazing!

  • Ninabi

    Congratulations to Lydia! Lots of hard work behind her achievement.  Very impressive.

  • Sandra

    Fabulous speech and visual aids! She has the poise, enthusiasm and skill of a woman much older and more experienced! Congratulations, Lydia! (I don’t hunt but I’m a believer – and I love eating elk, FYI!) :)  Keep up the good work (in speechifying and hunting both!)