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MJHS students win FFA contests

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Mt. Juliet High School FFA members Samantha Clifton, Mason Huddleston and Caitlin Davis each placed in the top tier of their respective FFA contest public speaking categories to represent their school. Photo courtesy Mitzi Pig

Three Mt. Juliet students used their power of speech and each snagged a top spot in a recent public speaking contest with the National FFA organization.

Junior Caitlin Davis snatched first place in Middle Tennessee in the Extemporaneous Speaking Leadership Development Event (LDE). Quick on her feet, Caitlin chose a speech topic, at random, from a large selection of ag topics.

Teacher Mitzi Pigg said Caitlin had just 30 minutes to write a four to six minute speech. Then, she presented that speech to a panel of judges. Next, she had to answer five minutes worth of questions on her chosen topic.

"Caitlin previously placed first at the district and sectional levels to advance to the Regional event," said Pigg.

In March, Caitlin will compete at the 89th Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg.

For his first ever-individual competition, freshman Mason Huddleston came out a winner at first place in his district. He competed in the Creed Speaking LDE where he recited the FFA Creed, then answered questions about its meaning before judges. Mason moved on to the sectional contest where he placed fourth.

Fellow junior Samantha Clifton competed in the Employment Skills LDE. Before the contest, she created a resume and wrote a cover letter. During the contest, Samantha completed a simulated job interview with a panel of judges. This was Samantha's inaugural event and she placed second in the district.

The Mt. Juliet FFA chapter is one of the oldest FFA chapters in Tennessee and has over 100 members in grades 9-12. The mission of the Mt. Juliet FFA chapter is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. For more information about the Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter, visit www.mjffa.org.

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