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Florida Farm Bureau holds Youth Speech Contest

The Florida Farm Bureau District 2 Youth Speech Contest was held on Tuesday, September 8 at the Suwannee County Farm Bureau Office. Each county in District 2 had held their own contest for county winners. This year’s winner for Madison County is Dilan Lawson. He is a 9th grade student at Madison County High School. The topic of the speech was “How does Florida’s Right to Farm Act help farmers and ranchers when their rights are challenged?” Lawson competed against Fallon Kerr of Hamilton County, Ainsley Peterson of Lafayette County, Christian Rodriguez of Suwannee County and Samyia Howard of Jefferson County. After each contestant presented their speech, the three judges: Donna Lesley, Michael Rozalsky and Bob Hovhmuth decided on first and second place. The judges announced Ainsley Peterson of Lafayette County as the first place winner and Christian Rodriguez of Suwannee County as the second place winner. Ainsley Peterson will go on to compete at the State Competition in October. Madison County Farm Bureau congratulates all the contestants on a job well done and wishes Ainsley Peterson well at the State Competition.

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1. Photo Submitted. The Suwannee County Farm Bureau hosted the Florida Farm Bureau District 2 Youth Speech Contest. Pictured, from left to right, are: Brad Dick, Farm Bureau District 2 Field Services; Ginny Paarlberg, Florida Farm Bureau Women’s State Chair; Dilan Lawson, Madison County; Samyia Howard, Jefferson County; Christian Rodriguez, Suwannee County; Ainsley Peterson, Lafayette County; Fallon Kerr, Hamilton County; Brenda Gayle Land, District 2 Women’s Chair; and Sarah Fulford, Jefferson County Women’s Chair.
2. Photo Submitted. Dilan Lawson was Madison County’s Farm Bureau Youth Speech winner. Pictured, from left to right, are: Madison County High School Principal Ben Killingsworth, Speech Winner Dilan Lawson and FFA Advisor Ed Sapp.

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