By Roxanne Bashor
The Wiggins FFA chapter held their annual chapter speaking contests on November 16. They then sent their top speakers of the Creed and Prepared Speaking Contests to the district competition held on November 18.
The freshman FFA members were required to recite the FFA Creed and answer questions pertaining to it. The winners of the chapter contest were Tanna Hansen in 1st, Jessie Gilbert in 2nd, and Cheyenne Lehr in 3rd. The top two winners attended the district contest to compete against other Ag I students from their district.
Hansen was in the silver category at the district competition. Hansen said she enjoyed the questioning part of the contest the most because she liked the questions that were asked, although “One thing that was difficult was recovering from a mistake that I made in the second paragraph,” said Hansen.
Gilbert was also in the silver category for the Creed. Between the chapter and district contests, she researched some of the history of the FFA to give her more information for the questioning part of the contest. She enjoyed “advancing in public speaking,” and also hopes to advance through participating in the quiz bowl and horse judging contests, said Gilbert.
Sophomore Jacob McFadden was the only member from the Wiggins FFA chapter to participate in Prepared Speaking at the district contest. His speech was on the topic of American Bull Riding. He received a bronze for his speech, and he thought that his best area was the questioning, said McFadden.
One of the chapter Creed Speaking judges was high school counselor Josh Gibbs. He was a former FFA member himself, and he asked a question to all of the Creed speakers as a part of the contest. Gibbs said he was impressed that some of the students already knew what they wanted to do for the Supervised Agricultural Experience, since that is one of the key factors of FFA.