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Speakers chosen for Contemporary Issues Day

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dr. Anson Elliot
Four speakers have been scheduled to speak at Contemporary Issues Day at Monett High School, scheduled for Friday, March 16. The annual event is sponsored by the Monett Kiwanis Club and the Monett High School Key Club.

Contemporary Issues Day offers students a chance to hear recognized experts in their field address current subjects of concern outside of the regular school curriculum.

Dr. David Honeycutt, coordinator for the program with the Kiwanians, said this year's speakers will address topics from the family to the role of a Monett industry on the national and international stage.

Sydney Friar
One of the speakers is Sydney Friar, who currently serves as Miss Missouri. Friar was crowned Miss Missouri in 2011 in her fifth try at the crown, this time representing Branson. She will speak on her platform as Miss Missouri, "Reconnecting with the Family." Friar is a native of Eldorado Springs and a graduate of Evangel University.

Bill Bond, a past high school principal, will speak on "Safe Schools." A shooting took place at the school in Peducah, Ky., where Bond was serving. He now serves as a speaker for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dr. Anson Elliot, chairman of the department of agriculture at Missouri State University, will speak on "Our Future Food Supply."

Bill Bond
Adding a local touch to the presentations will be Chris Miltenberger, director of operations at Playpower in Monett. Miltenberger will discuss how Playpower manufactures playground and stadium equipment and markets products made in Monett to customers throughout the United States and in Europe.

Each of the speakers will present 30-minute talks then take questions from the audience. Students will have an opportunity to hear all four speakers over the course of the morning.

At the conclusion of the morning, Friar will entertain the students in the gym. A pizza lunch will follow, served by the Key Club.

The public is welcome to attend but must check in at the high school office before visiting the different venues on campus where presentations will be made.

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