Pictured are: (back, l-r) Gavin Brown, Corbin Winkle, Ramsey Haines, Breanna Karnes, Mason Hostetler and Riley Stratton; (front, l-r) Addy Knauff, Ava Campbell, Jenna Rhoades and Aizhan Amanova.
Pictured are: (back, l-r) Gavin Brown, Corbin Winkle, Ramsey Haines, Breanna Karnes, Mason Hostetler and Riley Stratton; (front, l-r) Addy Knauff, Ava Campbell, Jenna Rhoades and Aizhan Amanova.
By Alexandra Crago
Chapter Secretary
Hillsboro FFA


On Feb. 17, 10 students competed in the Sub-District Public Speaking Contest at Lynchburg-Clay High School. Within this competition are different categories, such as presenting the FFA Creed, Beginning Prepared Speaking, Advanced Prepared Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.

The Hillsboro FFA had four freshmen members who competed in presenting the FFA Creed. These students included Addy Knauff, Corbin Winkle, Gavin Brown and Ava Campbell.

Winkle won first place in the Creed Speaking competition. In the next category, Beginning Prepared, the FFA Chapter had two members compete, including Ramsey Haines and Jenna Rhoades. Rhoades place second in this category and advanced to the District competition. Next was the Advanced Prepared Speaking competition. Competing were Riley Stratton, Aizhan Amanova and Bre Karnes. Stratton moved her way to first in this category. Finally, Mason Hostetler competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking contest.

Riley Stratton, Jenna Rhoades and Corbin Winkle all advanced to the District competition, which was held on Feb. 23. Corbin Winkle placed third overall in the district, competing in the Creed Speaking competition. He scored this spot by placing second in the first heat, then getting the chance to compete in the final four.

Riley Stratton once again fought her way to the top, and placed first in the Advanced Prepared Speaking contest, and will be competing at the State Public Speaking competition that will be held in March.

“Competing in this competition was a step out of my comfort zone, but a step I believe everyone should take,” Campbell said.

The Hillsboro FFA is very proud of all of these competitors for not only their awards, but the accomplishment of having the courage to face many of their fears as well.