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Kade Lawrence wins FFA National Convention

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The FFA team that competed in Nationals stand for a photo after a successful day. “Entering nationals, all you’re thinking is the contest this week and you need to win,” senior Kade Lawrence said. “Just a mix of emotions. And it’s a big conference. You’re the representative for the state of Texas.”

Hundreds of students competing against each other in hopes of winning. Thousands of eyes watching each competitor. Each name gets called, from last to first. Senior Kade Lawrence waits as each name gets announced. Finally, the very last name, the champion of the FFA Public Speaking Nationals Convention, gets announced: Kade Lawrence.

On Friday, Nov. 10, Lawrence competed in the 96th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, IN. After months of preparation, Lawrence brings home the Champion title not just representing Canyon, but the state of Texas as a whole.

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“Just a mix of emotions. And it’s a big conference. You’re the representative for the state of Texas.”

— Kade Lawrence, Senior

“Entering nationals, all you’re thinking about is the contest this week and you need to win,” Lawrence said. “It’s just a mix of emotions and it’s a big conference. You’re the representative for the state of Texas.”

All 50 states competed, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Thousands of people attending, all competing against one another to represent their school. Years of preparation and practicing, creating tremendous growth over time.

“Kade has always been a very good public speaker,” FFA Adviser Jeffery Klose said. “But I think the thing that has really changed with him is the amount of effort he’s put into an Ag contest and FFA. Not only do you have to get up and give an eight-minute speech, but after that you have to answer questions for five minutes about your speech topic.”

With weeks, even months, of preparation all leading up to this. As the date grew closer, Lawrence practiced even more, preparing for any possible question, making his speech perfect.

“There’s a lot of planning that goes into the topic, into your presentation, how you deliver it, and how you answer questions,” Lawrence said. “Also, a lot of effort goes into the actual planning and preparation of the speech.”

Standing in front of a mirror, repeating the speech over and over. He’s done this for years, and now all his hard work is paying off.

“Kade is one of those students that just puts in an unbelievable amount of work and everything that he does and so we’re really proud of him.”

— Jeffery Klose, FFA Adviser

“We tell our students all the time, if you outwork everybody else, you have a really good chance to be the best in your category,” Klose said. “Kade is one of those students that just puts in an unbelievable amount of work in everything that he does and we’re really proud of him.”

As each name goes down, the anticipation grows.

“You’re standing on stage in front of probably 10,000 kids in that room,” Lawrence said. “You’re very nervous, they start counting down names, and you haven’t heard yours yet. So you’re kind of like, ‘Hey, do I gotta hear my name? And then, oh, hey, last one.’ So it’s definitely nerve-wracking, but at the same time, it’s a great feeling.”

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Alexis Martinez, Staff Reporter
Hey there! I am Alexis Martinez, a junior this year, and will be taking on my second year on the newspaper staff. This year I am hoping to create some great stories to share with the Canyon community. A little about me is that my favorite animals are ducks, I love the color green, and find writing and reading very fun. I hope you enjoy all of the stories I have to bring! Ttyl!

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