FFA Members Earn Public Speaking Honors
Sixty Atwater High School 9th grade FFA members along with the Atwater FFA Chapter Officer team competed in the annual Merced-Mariposa Sectional FFA Sectional Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest at Gustine High School on October 17th. Over four hundred FFA members from Buhach Colony, Delhi, Dos Palos, El Capitan, Golden Valley, Gustine, Hilmar, Le Grand, Livingston, Los Banos, Mariposa, Merced, and Pacheco High Schools competed in this public speaking event.
The Atwater FFA had ten novice officer teams and one advanced officer team. An officer team is comprised of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, and sentinel. Official FFA ceremonies build pride, identity, and tradition among FFA members and chapters. All meetings are opened and closed using ceremonies written for those purposes. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest has students recite the responsibilities and duties of their respected office. Each team was scored and evaluated by a team of judges in areas that included memorization, delivery, posture, poise, uniform, and team behavior. The contest was also an opportunity for students to meet other FFA members from the other schools in the Merced- Mariposa Section.
The results and student participants from Atwater High School were: Advanced Officer Team (Sliver) – President, Emmanuel Mejia; Vice President, Cristal Venegas; Secretary, Elisabeth Garner; Treasurer, Kaya Briscoe; Reporter, Alyssa Carrillo; and Sentinel, Alfredo Elizarraraz; Atwater Team “1” (Gold ) Kathya Chairez, Cecilia Venegas, Elizabeth Ayala Lopez, Cecelia Lopez, Adamary Aguilar, Horeb Francisco; Atwater Team “2” (Silver) Jesus Mayor, Diego Guzman, Giselle Castro, Nazareth Padilla, Madison Bosworth, Genesis Torres; Atwater Team “3” (Gold) Ethan Slate, Tristan Cardey, Tanner Bristow, Hunter Boyenga, Bo Valado, Drew Boesch; Atwater Team “4” (Bronze) Viviana Hernandez, Cristal Santoyo, Angel Moreno, Preston Tucker, Briana Juarez, Miguel Rivera; Atwater Team “5” (Gold) Jeslie Hernandez, Lysis Villfan, Axel Farias-Zapien, Daniel Valencia, Cole Williams, Skylar Sullivan; Atwater Team “6” (Gold) Liliana Boesch, Kate Brigham, Magdalena Madriz, Tatiana Acevedo, Jocelyn Andrade, Anthony Pitchford; Atwater Team “7” (Gold) Giselle Contreras, Arianna Soto, Julia Callahan, Kevin Barreto, Christian Macias, Marco Castillo; Atwater Team “8” (Gold) Alexis Perez, Cristian Esquibel, Elijah Soares, Maya Romo, Katie Lopez, Fabian Vargas; Atwater Team “9”(Gold) Reagan Puthuff, Ned Prothro, Clarissa Mounce, Alexis Martin, Alyssa Gentry, Gabriela Soto; Atwater Team “10” ( Gold ) Saul Jaime-Ramirez, Lexi Garcia, Adonna Manzo, Taylor Wilson, Rebekah Aguilar, Gurkirath.
Students who were recognized with “Outstanding Officer” awards included Cecilia Venegas, Tristan Cardey, Brianna Juarez, Skylar Sullivan, Liliana Boesch, Kate Brigham, Anthony Pitchford, Christian Macias, Fabian Vargas, Reagan Puthuff and Adonna Manzo.
“I’ve never had to compete in a public speaking competition like the Opening and Closing Ceremonies” said Atwater FFA member Cecilia Venegas, “I was still really nervous, but it ended up being a lot of fun and an experience that I will never forget.”
“The students were nervous and anxious prior to the contest, however they really showed their courage and enthusiasm at the event,” said FFA Advisor Kim Macintosh. “It was a tremendous opportunity and experience for the students as public speaking and communication is recognized as an important and valuable skill in one’s education and future career.”
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PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301