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Moore plans to aim for the stars
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Tage Moore placed first in a sub-regional Warren County 4-H public speaking competition, in the eighth grade division. He was also a guest speaker Thursday at Rotary Club of McMinnville, along with other local winners. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

While public speaking is one of the most dreaded forms of communication, effective communication skills are invaluable.

Tage Moore understands just how dreadful public speaking can be, but he overcame his fear and took first place in the eighth grade division during a sub-regional public speaking competition held at Motlow State Community College Moore County Campus. The contest was for 4-H members in grades 4-12. 

“I spoke about NASA and how it helps our planet and why we should continue funding to it,” said Moore. 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government and is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research. 

“I want to work for NASA,” said Moore. “I’d like to pursue a career as an aerospace engineer.”

Moore advanced to sub-regional competition after placing second in his grade level during a Warren County 4-H public speaking competition. Fifty local students participated. In sub-regionals, 71 students from 10 counties participated.

“I was a little nervous,” said Moore. “I knew I had a good speech, but I was nervous about catching my tongue and stumbling on the words.”

The secret to effective public speaking, says Moore, is researching the subject matter and practicing frequently. 

Moore, and other local public speaking competition winners, were invited to speak before the Rotary Club of McMinnville on Thursday. A recording of Rotary’s meeting will air on WCPI 91.3 FM this Tuesday at 10:05 a.m. and 10:05 p.m., Thursday at 2:05 p.m., and Friday at 2:05 a.m.