Slater FFA members do well in fall speaking contest
On October 26th, four Slater FFA members took part in the Area 6 Fall FFA Speaking Contest, with three of those students moving on to districts. Each of these four students selected an area sponsored by various agricultural organizations in the state of Missouri. They wrote a four to six minute speech on their given topic areas and did their best to memorize the speech prior to participating in the contest.
Elorin Steinhardt, daughter of Brandy Steinhardt, and a freshman in the Slater FFA took part in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest. Elorin's speech was written and given over how Farm Bureau is "leading the challenge" among agricultural entities to promote agriculture nationwide. Elorin learned a lot about the public speaking experience, but faced some stiff competition and failed to qualify for District Contest.
Stephanie Borgman, daughter of Steven and Rachelle Borgman, and also a freshman in the Slater FFA took part in the Soil Conservation Services Contest.
Stephanie's speech focused on the recreational, wildlife, and educational benefits of forest in her speech and placed second on the area level, qualifying her for District Contest.
Kaylee McEachern, daughter of John and Shelly McEachern, and a junior in the Slater FFA took part in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest.
Kaylee's speech was written and given on the Producers freedom to operate in today's society. Kaylee focused on how producers try to manage waste and smell, while producing the "other white meat." Kaylee placed second on the area level and also qualified for District Contest.
Ivory Dobbins, daughter of Jim Dobbins and Angie Arms, and a junior in the Slater FFA took part in the Missouri Sheep Producers Contest.
Ivory's speech was written and given on the numerous produces that come from Sheep. Ivory used a different approach in her speech; tell in a story of a man learning about the sheep industry, throughout her speech.
Ivory placed 2nd on the area level, as well and she also qualified for District Contest.
On November 9th, Stephanie, Kaylee, and Ivory all participated in the district contest in their respective speaking area. They all did an excellent job, but were not the district winner, so they did not move on to state level competition. The Slater FFA Chapter is very proud of all four young ladies and hopes to see more involvement in these leadership type contests in the future.