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December 2016
Mariposa FFA Speaking Contest

Atwater FFA Students Embark on Public Speaking Opportunities

Five Atwater High School agriculture students participated and competed in the annual Mariposa FFA Creed and Impromptu Public Speaking contest held at Mariposa High School. The opportunity is one of numerous public speaking opportunities and competitions that will take place in the coming months for agriculture students.


“Being a good communicator is one of the foundations off success towards personal and career development,” says Atwater FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. “I’m very proud of our students’ efforts, participation, courage, and enthusiasm in this event!”


Sophomore agriculture student Emily Junez led Atwater FFA with a 1st place finish in the Impromptu contest, with Anessa Cardenas following in 3rd place.   The contest involves students having 1 minute to prepare a 2 minute speech pertaining to an agriculture related topic. Atwater FFA’s Liliana Vargas, Faith Ceja, and Natalie Frontella also competed and put forth a strong effort in the competition.


Nearly sixty students representing various central valley schools participated in the event which was geared towards allowing students an opportunity to practice and prepare for the sectional finals in late January. “This is an opportunity for students to develop, build, and strengthen critical thinking and speaking skills,” said FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. “Opportunities for students such as this establish foundation skills for success.”

Audrey Esau
Atwater FFA Reporter