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Atwater FFA Student Qualifies for Regional Speaking Finals

Atwater High School students and FFA members Hannah Slate and Ella Boyenga placed 4th and 8th place, respectively in the impromptu speaking contest. Hannah moves onto the regional finals at Modesto Junior College this week. 
Atwater High School students and FFA members Hannah Slate and Ella Boyenga placed 4th and 8th place, respectively in the impromptu speaking contest. Hannah moves onto the regional finals at Modesto Junior College this week.

The Atwater High School FFA joined over 140 FFA speaking contestants, representing 15 high school agriculture programs throughout Merced and Mariposa counties at the annual Super Saturday held at Merced Junior college on Jan. 22. Only the top four individual finalists in each speaking contest advance to regionals in February.

Atwater High School agriculture students Guadalupe Millan, Cassidy Carillo, Elizabeth Ayala Lopez, and Klarithsa Cruz Hernandez competed in the Job Interview contest. The Job Interview contest involves students completing a cover letter, resume, job application, and panel interview. This event emphasizes developing, practicing, and demonstrating skills needed when seeking employment.

Atwater High School seniors Hunter Boyenga and Thomas Garner participated in Prepared Public speaking. Student speeches covered topics that included Agroterrorism and the use of drones in agriculture. The contest for all participants involves a 6-8 minute speech on an agriculture related topic/issue, a written manuscript which is scored, and a question and answer period between the contestant and judges following the speech.

Atwater High School agriculture students Shayleigh Miller and Hunter Birmingham competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking contest. Contestants are presented with a choice of three topics and choosing one of the three. The topics are all related to agriculture. Participants have 30 minutes to prepare a 4 to 6 minutes speech to three judges. Going into this competition you are allowed 5 binders of information with 100 pages each. Topics range from Water in Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Farm Labor, Urban Settings, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), and trade agreements.

Atwater High School agriculture program students Hannah Slate, Ella Boyenga, Giselle Varela, and Alexa Bracamontes competed in the Impromptu speaking contest. The impromptu speech is given without any preparation, any notes or other additional materials; it is a spontaneous reaction to an agriculture-related topic at hand which may introduce an interesting turn to the discussion. Ella Boyenga placed 8th overall and Hannah Slate placed 4th overall!

Atwater High School agriculture freshman student Kayleigh Trindade participated in the FFA Creed. This event is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions on the meaning and purpose of the FFA Creed. Kayleigh also placed 5th overall at the Merced Mariposa Creed Contest!

“It’s not easy to speak in front of judges but the amount of confidence and enthusiasm that our students have for these competitions are astonishing!” said FFA advisor Taylor Helton.

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