On, Wednesday, October 2nd, the Colusa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) held its annual Speak-Off Contest at the Colusa Industrial Park Conference Room.
The Topic for this year’s speech was “How will the development of alternative energy impact natural resources?”
Open to all Colusa County High School students with an interest in natural resources, agriculture or the environment. Speeches had to be delivered between three to five minutes and could not include props, costumes or visual aids.
“The District was pleased to have five contestants from two Colusa County High Schools compete this year,” said CCRCD’s Executive Director, Patti Turner, “I was impressed by the quality of this year’s speeches.”
Judges for the event included CCRCD Director Beth Nall, CCRCD Staff Mary Fahey and Doug Turner local experienced public speaker.
Bob Alvernaz, CCRCD Director was the official timekeeper.
The students competed for cash awards and the opportunity to advance to the Regional competition.
This year’s first place went to Allison Ward a Junior at Williams High School, the daughter of Brent and Kristi Ward.
Ward is active in both 4H and FFA, and she will compete on October 25th at the regional competition held in Orland. The regional winner will advance to the State competition hosted in mid-November in Napa.
Ashleigh Ehrke of Pierce High School received second place and Jessica Croxson also from Pierce received third place.
Other contestants also doing an excellent job included Emily Diaz-Gunning and Sarah Marsh both from Arbuckle.