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Mitchell student wins FFA contest

Mitchell High School FFA member Shelby Riggs placed first out of 21 contestants in the state FFA extemporaneous speaking contest, which was held in conjunction with the state FFA leadership contests Dec. 8-9 in Pierre. Riggs’ speech was titled “Conservation in Agriculture: The Farmer’s Impact on the Environment.”

Contestants draw a topic and have 30 minutes to write and prepare a speech that lasts between four and six minutes, then immediately present the speech to the judges, followed by five minutes of questions about the topic.

“This is a difficult contest,” said Mitchell FFA adviser Jeff Hoffman, “because the competing member has no idea what topic he or she will have to write and present.”

Riggs will represent South Dakota in the national FFA extemporaneous speaking contest in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.