FFA competes at state contest By: Ryan Williamson
Five FFA teams participated in the state Leadership Development Events Contest on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and brought home banners in multiple categories. Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.
The Senior Agricultural Quiz team placed 3rd out of 625 teams across the state. Members Chloe Bush, Carly Oldag, Madison Rose, and Ryan Williamson tested their knowledge of the FFA, parliamentary procedure, farm facts, and current issues in agriculture.
The Junior Skills team placed 3rd out of 203 teams across the state by presenting an agricultural skill that the students have learned and perfected. The team consisted of Darby Lutrick, Meredith Radley, Kolin Cerny, and Reid Williams. Likewise, the Senior Skills team of Gage Garner, Jake Gwosdz, Kara Hlavaty, and Kennedy Klatt placed 6th out of 326 teams across the state.
The Agricultural Issues team of Bryar Blair, Kinley Bubela, Cara Korenek, Carly Oldag, and Ryan Williamson placed 7th out of 129 teams throughout Texas. The students took on a personal topic by presenting the benefits and negative effects of the erection of the Wharton Wind Farm.
Marin Croix competed in the Junior Creed competition in which she recited the FFA creed. She placed in the top 24 out of 589 statewide speakers.
To achieve this level of success, students began preparing for the contests in September. In order to participate in the state contest, the teams had to advance from the district contest by placing in the top three teams and then placing in the top two teams at the Area level. The FFA chapter now looks to the spring semester as they prepare for various contests.