Former GSFTA Music Student and 1st place winner in the 2016 National Orpheus Vocal Music Competition has just racked up another 1st.  


Anighya Crocker became the first ever Springfield High School National Future Business Leaders of America winner when he placed 1st in the Nation in Impromptu Speaking at the annual competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anighya Crocker 2The competition, held from June 29-July 3, included students from all over the United States along with Canada, China, Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. for a total of over 12,000 in attendance.  Crocker, along with two SHS classmates participated in the event.

Anighya competed Thursday morning, June 30 in the preliminary round.  The top two from each of the seven preliminary groups advance to the final round on Friday morning, July 1.  

Impromptu Speaking is a performance event where the student goes into the prep room and is given a random topic and then has ten minutes to get his/her thoughts together before giving a speech in front of the judges.  Anighya’s topic for the preliminary round related to “white lying” and its permissible use in the business world and whether honesty was the best policy.  His take on the topic was that honesty was the only policy.  His final round topic was about a sibling wanting to join FBLA and what advice would you give them.  His answer pertained to relating how FBLA emphasizes real world work ethic and enriches the lives of students.

Crocker said he felt good about his speech for the final round but never imagined winning 1st.  The awards session was held on Saturday, July 2.  Anighya was called to the stage as one of the top ten finalists.  Upon winning 1st in the Nation he was awarded a  trophy and monetary prize.  

Quote from the Robertson County Schools website link