Monday, January 26, 2009

Speech Contest Winners

Lauren Clark, State Speech Champion--Putnam photo

Clark Takes Farm Bureau's State Speech Title

Boise--Meridian High School freshman Lauren Clark won the 2009 Idaho Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee Speech Contest at the Comfort Suites Inn in Boise.

Clark just turned 14 and represented the Meridian FFA, she is one of the youngest winners in the contests long history. She accepted a check for $150 which will go toward her college education.

“As a freshman this is exciting to place in the top two in the State of Idaho, I’m looking forward to coming back and competing in the years ahead,” said Clark.

The MeridianFreshman gave a compelling, polished speech on California’s Proposition 2 crisis. Last November California voters approved Proposition which sets up rules and regulations of confined animals like chickens, pigs and turkeys. Her speech brought a common sense, unemotional look at costs and the Ag communities problems with the new law.

"The speeches today show the amount of research and time that went into each speech. They all did a wonderful job and it’s always hard to choose a winner,” said Rick Waitley Idaho Director of the Ag in the Classroom program.

“I think Agriculture is in good hands,” said Carol Guthrie, Chairman of the Women’s Leadership Committee. “Every year I’m impressed by the facts and topics they've researched, its amazing and it's is one of my favorite programs,” said Women's Chairman Carol Guthrie of Inkom.
“I think it builds character, it builds awareness of agriculture and that’s what we are all about."

The contestants competed at the county level, and then qualified from five districts to reach the state championship. The finalists then delivered a minimum five-minute speech to a panel of three judges. Nervous families packed the room and each speech addressed a different segment of Idaho agriculture.

Rachael Ashley from Kuna High School was the runner up in this year contest she took home a $75 check.

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