Escalon Ends Suc­cess­ful FFA Speak­ing Sea­son

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By MATTHEW LIMA Escalon FFA Re­porter

With two First Place fin­ishes and one Third Place, Escalon FFA def­i­nitely did not walk away emp­ty­handed from the Delta-Cal Sec­tion Speech Con­test at Lin­den High School.

The an­nual con­test gives FFA mem­bers from 19 chap­ters in San Joaquin County and the nearby Sierra Foothills the chance to show­case their speak­ing abil­i­ties in a va­ri­ety of events. It was hosted at Lin­den in mid Jan­uary.

Escalon FFA students Cyd­ney Keener and Mary Adams par­tic­i­pated in the Job Interview Con­test with Keener ty­ing for first place and Adams tak­ing third. Also, Matthew Lima won first place in the Ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous Pub­lic Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Th­ese three students moved on to the Re­gional con­test on Fri­day, where they com­peted against al­most 100 students from Yolo County in the North, to Merced County in the South.

The job interview con­test sim­u­lates the interview process with students cre­at­ing their ré­sumé, fill­ing out job ap­pli­ca­tions, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a mock job interview. The ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous speak­ing con­test gives students 30 min­utes to pre­pare a fourto six-minute speech on an agri­cul­tural topic. Even though the par­tic­i­pants may do re­search prior to the con­test, they do not know what their speak­ing topic will be un­til their 30 minute prepa­ra­tion pe­riod.

Other Escalon FFA mem­bers who com­peted at the Sectional con­test were fresh­men Colby Reynolds, Ale­jan­dra Gar­cia, and Shelby Strock in Best In­formed Green­hand (BIG), and Zach Hearn, who par­tic­i­pated in the Creed Speak­ing Con­test. Colby Reynolds also par­tic­i­pated in the Creed Con­test.

The Best In­formed Green­hand Con­test tests fresh­men’s knowl­edge of the FFA Hand­book while the Creed Speak­ing Con­test re­quires fresh­men to re­cite the five para­graph FFA creed, writ­ten by Er­win Mil­ton Tiffany, from mem­ory. Af­ter recit­ing the creed, par­tic­i­pants are asked ques­tions about the creed in­clud­ing how they be­lieve the creed, now 87 years old, is still rel­e­vant in the 21st cen­tury.

Now that the FFA speak­ing sea­son is over for Escalon FFA, mem­bers will be pre­par­ing for the many judg­ing con­tests and field days held at agri­cul­tural col­leges through­out Cal­i­for­nia as well for the San Joaquin County fair in June, where dozens of mem­bers will show and sell their an­i­mal or other agri­cul­tural project.


Escalon FFA mem­bers Cyd­ney Keener, left, Matthew Lima and Mary Adams show the hon­ors they took at the re­cent Delta-Cal Sec­tion Speech Con­test at Lin­den High School. Keener and Lima placed first in their events; Adams re­ceived third place hon­ors.

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