Lauren Bigler of Windsor brought along a package of composure, poise and intelligence and tied for second place in the Optimist Club’s state oratorical contest May 3 in Golden.
Lauren, 13, who will be in eighth grade in the fall at Severance Middle School, was the youngest girl in the competition. Her 4- to 5-minute speech “How My Passions Impact the World” won her the local contest in Windsor on March 6. Lauren then advanced to the regional contest April 17 in Fort Morgan and won that one before placing second at state.
Lauren, the daughter of Michelle and Larry Bigler of Windsor, is a 4.0 student at Severance Middle School who loves math and sciences and plans to do a lot of reading during the summer. She had competed in the Optimist’s local contest prior to this year when she was a fifth-grader, but didn’t win.
Lauren said her speech was about creativity impacting how people saw the world right now and how people will see the world in the future through what people have made and what is possible to be made.
Lauren said she spend a month worth of lunches in her GATE teacher Christina Sutter’s room in Severance writing the speech.
Lauren said the speech is not required to be memorized, but she did it for regionals and state.
“I memorized it because it helped with my presentation, and I was more involved with the audience,” said Lauren, whose mother is the principal at Mountain View Elementary School in Windsor. “At locals and regionals, I was very nervous that I would mess up, but at state for like the first time ever I got comfortable on the stage and it felt good to be up there talking to people.”
Lauren said judges were looking at whether she was tied to the podium, whether she was making eye contact with the audience and if she was projecting and annunciating her words in a confident manner.
Lauren said participating in oratorical contests have made her more comfortable in talking to people.
“If I’m comfortable talking to people, I can then go and do a job interview and be very comfortable explaining myself so that nerves don’t get in the way of maybe a job that I really want,” said Lauren, who plans to compete in the oratorical contest next year.