Glenn County Resource Conservation District (RCD) participated in this year’s 2013 California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) Annual Speak-Off Contest by hosting its own local high school competition October 21. Hunter Dupee, an Orland High School student, placed first at the local competition, and also at the Sacramento Valley Region of RCDs Speak-Off Contest on October 25. Therefore, Dupee advanced to the state CARCD competition and brought home third place!
Her prize winning speech on “How will the development of alternative energy impact natural resources?” was delivered in Napa on Friday, November 15 at the 68th Annual CARCD Conference. The competition is designed to provide high school students a fun way to learn about our natural resources, gain experience in public speaking and allow conference attendees to hear from our youth regarding their thoughts on conservation. Kandi Manhart, RCD Executive Officer, said “This was the most competitive state speak-off contest I have seen in my eight years attending these contests. The RCD Board and I are extremely proud Hunter represented Glenn County and the Sacramento Valley!”
Dupee commented, after being awarded another $100 and a plaque at the state competition, “Through this opportunity I’ve learned so much more about alternative energy that I wouldn’t have known otherwise! It has been such a great experience and thank you to the Glenn County Resource Conservation District for giving us students the opportunity to expand our public speaking skills. I enjoyed all levels of the RCD Speak-Off, all the contestants were friendly and the judges were so supportive and cared about seeing you do well at your next round!”
For further information on the RCD Connects with Kids program visit www.glenncountyrcd.org or contact Kandi Manhart, Executive Officer at (530) 934-4601 x5.