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Santa Maria FFA members won major awards at the Santa Barbara Sectional FFA Public Speaking Competition, held at Arroyo Grande High School on February 15, 2017.

More than 30 students from the Santa Maria FFA chapter competed in five different public speaking areas at the sectional level. Four of these students will be moving on to regionals contest in King City on March 24, 2017.

Senior, Mariana De Leon came out as high individual for prepared speech titled “Keep The Gas In” and Edgar Hernandez came in third with his speech titled “The Beef With Conventional Farming.”

Other Santa Maria FFA students moving on to regionals due to their outstanding work include Ariadna Romero and Ivan Carranza. Romero came in third place and will be competing in the Extemporaneous come March. Meanwhile, Carranza placed sixth and will compete in the FFA Creed contest.

“I am super excited to have won first place in prepared contest! I have been competing in public speaking since sophomore year and never made it to regionals so having achieved that this year is an extremely immense accomplishment for me. It is also my last year in high school so everything has taken a nostalgic tone and I want to go out on a blazing trail of glory. Also, I have been working hard in FFA and improving my speaking and communication so having won this really testifies to that hard work,” said De Leon, who is also the first place individual in prepared public speaking for the section.

Santa Maria High School has more than 950 students enrolled in the FFA Organization.

Monserrat Nolasco
Santa Maria FFA Chapter Officer


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