Manatee County students in grades six through 12 were eligible to compete in the annual Farm City Week Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District speech contest on November 12th. http://manateeriverswcd.com/ Designed to develop leadership through participation in public speaking activities and to stimulate interest in conserving our natural resources, the topic this year was “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators”. Seven students submitted written transcripts of their speech and then shared information with the audience in 5-7 minute speeches.
Kea Kamiya, a State College of Florida Collegiate School senior, won the competition which qualifies her to compete in an Association of Florida Conservation Districts area contest to be held in the spring. Kamiya was awarded a check for $150 by the District for her first place finish. Kamiya is invited to attend the Hall of Fame Luncheon during Farm City Week, where she will be recognized.
Placing second and awarded $100 was Bailey McGreevy, a Braden River High School student. Billie Mason, a Palmetto High School student, placed third and received $75.
As participating teachers, Braden River High School FFA teachers Jon Heavner and Karly Cohenour won the random drawing and will share a $50 gift certificate to purchase educational supplies.
Judges were Angelita Ortiz, 4-H Program Specialist with UF/IFAS Extension Service Manatee County; Alyssa Vinson, Residential Horticulture Agent with UF/IFAS Extension Service Manatee County; and Brandee Williams, Rangeland Management Specialist with USDA/NRCS in the Palmetto Area Office.