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Five representatives of the Santa Maria FFA will move on to regional competition later this month after victories at the Santa Barbara Sectional Public Speaking Competition.

Junior Efren Santos was the winner in the Prepared Public Speaking Contest and senior Adriana Arias placed 2nd. During the Prepared Public Speaking Contest, students are required to write and deliver a six to eight minute speech on a current agriculture related topic.

Additionally, senior Monserrat Nolasco won 2nd place while competing in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest. In that contest, students are given thirty minutes to create and deliver a four to six minute speech on an assigned agriculture related topic.

Furthermore, freshmen Luz Guzman and Dana Gomez will also be moving on to the regional level in the FFA Creed contest. That contest requires freshman students to present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose.

“It was a thrilling experience competing at the sectional level and to know that my FFA Chapter was there to support me with my speech, made it much more meaningful” said junior Efren Santos, who is also the first place individual in prepared public speaking for the Santa Barbara Section.

Senior, Adriana Arias stated: “competing in the prepared Public Speaking Contest for the first time this year, has been a great experience and adventure thus far. I enjoyed sharing my opinion and research on organic and conventional farming within my speech, and taking a stance on how our expected population can be fed.”

There were more than 25 students from the Santa Maria FFA Chapter who competed in five different public speaking contests including; prepared, extemporaneous, impromptu, job interview and the FFA Creed.

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

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