Anna Buckentine, a member of the SouthWest Metro FFA, placed first in the Region 7 Extemporaneous Speaking Contest held at South Central College in North Mankato on Feb. 13. The extemporaneous speaking event begins when a speaker chooses three out of 12 agricultural topics from a fish bowl. The speaker then must choose one of those three topics and formulate a 4-5 minute speech with references. They have 30 minutes to prepare at which time they give their speech to a panel of three judges. The speech is followed by a five-minute question and answer period. Buckentine's topic was “The Big 9, How Do We Feed 9 Billion People By The Year 2050?”
Free throws from Anna Perrill and Nicole Parsons in the final 26 seconds helped Chaska rally from a point down late, clinching second place outright in the Metro West Conference Friday in a 50-47 win over Bloomington Jefferson.