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Kingfisher FFA Student Creates Buzz About Bees with Speech, Qualifies for National Speech Contest

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:45:14 CDT

Kingfisher FFA Student Creates Buzz About Bees with Speech, Qualifies for National Speech Contest Anna Crosswhite is a senior in the Kingfisher FFA Chapter, representing Oklahoma this year at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis for prepared public speaking. Anna's speech explores the timely and relevant topic of colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon currently affecting bee populations around the world. Farm Director Ron Hays met with Anna to learn more about the topic she's taking to the national contest.

"It's about colony collapse disorder which is something that we have begun seeing in the past couple decades where our bees are dying," Anna said. "We've began to see that we're losing hives and we're not sure why. So, my speech kind of goes in to different reasons why bees might be dying."

Anna herself is a beekeeper, making this subject something very personal to her as it directly affects her and the small business she has built selling the honey of the bees she keeps. Currently, Anna has 20 hives and this past year collected a total of 120 lbs. of honey. What started out as a hobby prior to joining FFA, Anna says she has learned how rewarding her supervised agriculture experience is over the years and has had a lot of fun developing it into the business it is today, inspiring her to write the speech and educate others about this concerning issue.

"I've learned how to take my knowledge and use it," Anna said. "If I wouldn't have been in FFA, I may have known about colony collapse disorder but I wouldn't have done anything with it."

Listen to Anna and Ron's full conversation about her speech over colony collapse disorder affecting bees as she prepares to compete at the National FFA Convention, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.

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Listen to Anna Crosswhite on her speech on bees as she prepares for the National FFA Convention
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