Up until this year, no one in Morrison Schools had ever placed at the national level before in public speaking.
Additionally, no one had ever won a State FFA speaking contest twice in the same year – until MHS 10th-grader Caleb Horne.
Fifteen-year-old Horne is the son of Wes and Sharbee Horne, and has a sister, Daydree, age 7. His mother is the Morrison Elementary Counselor.
Last year, Horne won first in Oklahoma in the FFA Creed Public Speaking Division and the 8th-9th-10th General Agriculture Division. Since there is no national competition for the 8th-9th-10th General Agriculture Division, he devoted much energy into preparing for the Creed competition. This led to the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo toward the end of October this year.
At Nationals, he competed in the Preliminaries with representatives from each of the 50 states, and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Horne made the top two in his room to advance to the Semifinal Round. He placed in the top two against 16 others again to advance to the final round of competition.
The top four speakers competed in front of 600 to 800 people. All had to recite the FFA Creed…