Melton had qualified for state competition in advanced public speaking by placing first in Area 10 and second in the South Central District. At state, she competed against 12 other FFA members from across the state, making the final four and then placing first. She received a plaque and a check for $100, sponsored by MFA and the Missouri FFA Association.
Her seven-minute speech entitled "Your Land: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" was over eminent domain. As part of the competition, she was asked five minutes of oral questions about her speech.
Melton is the daughter of Tommy and Denice Melton of Couch and the late Therese Coe. She is a 2006 graduate of Couch High School, where she was co-valedictorian. She served as Couch FFA president and vice president and was active in her chapter.
She attended the Washington Leadership Conference, FFA camp, state and national FFA conventions, the Leadership Adventure Conference, Missouri Agribusiness Academy and many other area and local activities and contests.
She also became the first person in the chapter's history to make it to the final four in two state speaking contests, placing fourth in the state in extemporaneous speaking in 2005. This fall, she will attend College of the Ozarks where she plans to major in agriculture business.
Sam Shaw, a freshman at Couch High School, placed first out of 13 competitors in the state creedspeaking contest. She qualified for state after placing first in Area 10 and first in the South Central District. She also received a plaque and a check for $100. The creedspeaking contest consists or reciting the FFA Creed, plus answering two minutes of oral questions.
Shaw is the daughter of Bill and Donna Shaw and Donna Whittenburg of Myrtle and the late Lori Shaw. She attended the National FFA Convention and has participated in many chapter and area activities. She was also on the livestock judging team and was named as one of the chapter's Star Greenhands at the recent FFA Banquet.
Both Melton and Shaw will compete against other members from across the nation during the National FFA Convention Oct. 24-28 in Indianapolis, Ind.