On October 13, Brooklyn McGinty, a junior at Richland Springs High School, won the district-wide Farm Bureau Free Enterprise Speech Contest held in Brownwood. Brooklyn competed against other high school juniors from District 7, which includes seventeen counties. District winners then advanced to the state competition which was held at the annual Farm Bureau Convention held in Corpus Christ on December 3rd. Thirteen Districts were represented at the state speech contest. All speeches were on the topic of Free Enterprise. Brooklyn’s speech was six minutes long and memorized. Brooklyn, daughter of Jerry and Jayme McGinty, placed third in the competition and received a $1500 scholarship, a week-long free trip to Washington D.C. this coming summer, a Wal-Mart gift card, and a plaque, as well as valuable speaking experience. Brooklyn would like to thank all of those who listened to her speech in the past few weeks, including the Richland Springs School Board, the R.S. Booster Club, classes and teachers at Richland Springs, the San Saba Rotary Club, and those attending the San Saba County Farm Bureau Banquet. She would also like to thank the San Saba County Farm Bureau for sponsoring her in this contest.