A Winters FFA member placed high honors at the 94th annual California FFA State State Leadership Conference held March 26 to 29 in downtown Sacramento
Allison Aguiar, a freshman at Winters High School, received second place in the State finals for her efforts in the Creed Speaking.
Kayla Roberts, an ag teacher at Winters High School and Winters FFA advisor, said it was a privilege to coach Aguiar in Creed speaking this year.
“She is an excellent public speaker and has the intelligence and critical thinking abilities of someone twice her age,” Roberts said. “She speaks with grace, confidence and maturity that most adults don’t even have. She is passionate about agriculture and advocates for our industry. I’m so excited to see her grow and develop in the FFA.”
Joe Aguiar, Winters FFA President and her brother, said Aguiar exemplifies what it means to be a prominent member of the FFA.
“She competed at the highest level of competition in California, and was recognized as one the top six individuals in her contest. She didn’t earn that spot by pure luck,” Joe said. “Her determination and passion for the FFA and public speaking helped her attain this incredible accomplishment. I’m proud of what she’s done so far, and I’m incredibly excited for what the future holds for her in that National blue and corn gold corduroy jacket.”
In February, Aguiar had placed second in Creed Speaking at the Central Region Public Speaking contest in Modesto. Her teammate Bianca Dyer-Gonzalez placed third in Impromptu Speaking, and together the duo represented the Winters FFA chapter in the state conference.
Dyer-Gonzalez placed in the top 24 in the Impromptu Speaking competition.
The 94th California FFA State Leadership Conference theme was “Embrace the Adventure.” The event had been held virtually the last two years due to the pandemic, and this year’s event was hosted in-person in Sacramento for the first time since 1929. About 7,000 FFA members headed to Sacramento from state chapters to compete in the conference.
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