Speaking for ag’s future

Freshman Jayda Robinson addresses the Payette Board of Trustees at its Dec. 9 meeting. Robinson won the Payette FFA Freshman Creed Speech contest, later placing third overall at the Western Idaho District Creed Speech Contest in New Plymouth on Dec. 11.

The Payette High School Future Farmers of America chapter gave its freshman students the chance to boost their confidence and share their insights through its Freshman Creed Speech contest on Nov. 18.

The winner, freshman Jayda Robinson, delivered her speech at the Payette School District Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 9. Jayda talked about how she and her fellow students hold all the chips of agriculture’s future.

“I believe that to live and work on a good farm or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits is pleasant, as well as challenging. For I know the joys and discomfort of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny,” said Jayda, as a standing-room only crowd listened. “I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure.”

Jayda also pointed out the need for more bargaining and less begging, “for others as well as myself.”

She also emphasized the need for community involvement to remain strong.

“I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert influence in my home and community, which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.”

Superintendent Robin Gilbert talked about how Robinson was chosen for this honor.

“First year FFA members present five memorized paragraphs and answer a question before a panel of judges,” according to Gilbert. “The contest teaches them the value of public speaking and how to think on their feet.”

FFA instructor Chelsie Fugate regards Jayda highly for her self-starting attitude.

“Jayda is a driven young lady who is focused and dedicated to any task give you her,” said Fugate. “Jayda’s prospects for the future are high because she believes in herself and focuses on only the positive when it comes to competing the task assigned to her. I look forward to seeing her high school and adult accomplishments.”

Board Chairman Adam Rynearson remarked that Jayda’s speech stirred up his own memories of working on a farm.

Jayda went on to compete in the Western Idaho District Creed Speech Contest in New Plymouth on Dec. 11. She placed third overall, according to Gilbert.

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