RMCHS Earns Top Honor at the FFA Public Speaking Contest
The Future Farmers of America make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. In keeping with the mission of the FFA, Reedley College hosted the annual East Fresno Madera FFA section “Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest” on November 8, 2017. The contest was an opportunity for students to display their public speaking skills using the format of the official opening and closing of a FFA meeting. There were a total of 12 competing Schools from the East Fresno/Madera FFA section. Competing teams ranged from ninth grade division, open division, and the prestigious Officers division.
Reedley Middle College High School had over 162 students competing at the event. That was a total of 27 six member teams. In the Officers division, the RMCHS team took the top honor. The members of the RMCHS officer division are President Thomas Pennebaker (Junior), Vice President Ivan Chavez (Junior), Secretary Gloria Becerra (Sophomore), Reporter Erika Sosa (Sophomore), Treasurer Yazmine Bedolla (Sophomore), and Sentinel Luis Velasco (Junior). In the Officer division, Luis Velasco placed first for the individual Sentinel position. In the Open division RMCHS had teams placing first, second, and third. RMCHS was well represented in the freshmen division: of the ten freshmen teams, two teams received first, one team placed second, and one team earned third place. The following students earned individual honors in the Open Division: President Citlalli Vargas, and Treasurer Savannah Barker. The individual honors for the freshman division are; President Alfonso Bucio and Amanda Price, Vice President Hiscander Armenta, Secretary Amber Francis and Jaime Chavez, Treasurer Marcus Heinrichs, and Sentinel Clayton Pennebaker. The teams were coached by RMCHS instructor, Martin Castro.