200 schools from the Inland Empire to join Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac High School in FFA public speaking event


TEMECULA – National FFA Organization students from Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School are hosting 200 schools from the region to talk about agricultural and sustainability-related issues. The judges, who are local chamber of commerce representatives, will evaluate the students in five different sections: The FFA Creed, Job Interview Tactics, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Topics and Impromptu Speeches.

Marlisa Nordstrom, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac’s science teacher and FFA adviser, said, “The invitational benefits students from the community because they learn critical public speaking skills and interviewing strategies. These skills are advantageous when the students enter university and when entering the workforce.”

The event also bolsters the science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics curriculum Saint Jeanne’s has implemented.

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac’s FFA chapter has already gained national notoriety when a group of students participated in the national FFA conference in Philadelphia. They also had the opportunity to visit Representative Ken Calvert in Washington and discuss agricultural and Native American issues in the region.

The FFA Public Speaking Invitational will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 4-9 p.m. Local business owners and city officials are encouraged to join the judges from the chamber of commerce to help evaluate students.

The Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady runs Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School. Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac has educated in the Temecula area for 27 years. The Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady has educated in Southern, California, for more than 50 years. With 86 schools worldwide The Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady educates globally while focusing locally.

Submitted by Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac High School.