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Bayshore student Kayla Lepiscopo takes top honors at area speech competition

MANATEE -- Kayla Lepiscopo, a Bayshore High School senior, placed first at the Association of Florida Conservation Districts (AFCD) Area III annual speech competition hosted this year by the Osceola Soil and Water Conservation District in Kissimmee.

Lepiscopo qualified for the event by winning the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District speech competition late last year.

“Should Food Crops be Used for Fuel?” was the topic for all of the six to eight minute speeches.

The speech contest is designed to develop leadership through public speaking activities and stimulate interest in conserving our natural resources. Speech/English teacher Lori Ladd at Bayshore High School served as Lepiscopo’s advisor.

Lepiscopo is eligible to vie for a place in the state speech competition to be held in conjunction with the joint AFCD and National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Southeast Region meeting to be held in late July in Destin.