Monday, February 7, 2011

Women's Leadership Committee

Kaylee Aguilar and Morgan Cassidy of Filer High School took first and second place in the Women's Leadership Committee's Speech contest--Putnam photo

Filer Students Win Women's Leadership Committee Speech Contest

Boise--Kaylee Aguilar of Filer, High School won the Idaho Farm Bureau’s Annual Speech Contest at the Idaho Statehouse this morning. The contest is sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Committee.

Classmate Morgan Cassidy of Filer High School took second in one of the closest contests of the decade. Both were coached by their FHS speech teacher and their secret of success: they practiced together for weeks before the event.

Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little welcomed the 10 contestants to the West Wing of the Senate. He emphasized the importance of communication in agriculture and urged students to not only farm, but to tell the world about their farming operations.

Kaylee’s speech immediately captured the Statehouse Audience by addressing the odor issue, saying that manure is a wonderful thing, converting fertilizer into energy. She told the audience that Bettencourt Dairy out of Jerome built an anaerobic digester that’s pumping out a 1 million kilowatt hours of energy a month.

“We’re not so much the farmers; but we researched the subject and had fun finding out about farming,” said Kaylee. “Morgan had some points from my speech and I had some from her speech. I just talked about manure and it was fun.”

Kaylee won $150, Morgan took home $100 for second place, and both will use the money for their college fund. All eight contestants went on a special guided tour of the Idaho Statehouse.

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