On Monday, February 4th, 17 Students from St. Louis High School competed in FFA District Leadership Development Events at Alma High School. These events are designed to build student leadership skills and teach them skills which they will need to be successful in the future. The Sharks competed in four different events; Prepared Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Greenhand Conduct of Meetings, and Demonstration.
Lauren Sherwood, senior at St. Louis High School gave her prepared speech on “Agri-Business Ethics”. In Prepared Public Speaking, contestants are to deliver a eight minute speech related to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. Students must present their speech from memory as close to their script as possible. Lauren placed 4th and received a District Gold Award for her presentation. In addition to competing with the FFA, Lauren is also competing at the Business Professionals of America State Competition.
The Shark Parliamentary Procedure team took a bite out of the competition and took 1st place, a District Gold Award, and will be representing our school at the Regional Contests on February 14th. Parliamentary Procedure is a contest built around Robert's Rules of Order. Contestants must learn the proper procedure for handling items of business, and conduct a meeting. The team consists of; Olivia Anderson, Kacie Allen, Aynslee Koutz, Brian Conn, Blake D. Fisher, and Dawson Fisher.
Greenhand Conduct of Meetings took 2nd Place and a District Gold Award! Even in the face of adversity, these young adults did a spectacular job and had some fun while doing it. Greenhand Conduct of Meetings is for our first year FFA Members. These members must learn the Official FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies and take the roles of the Officer Team. In addition to demonstrating knowledge of FFA Ceremonies, they also must run a meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order. The Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team is also headed to Regionals on February 14th. The team is comprised of Leah Chvoljka, Rafael Orta-Vazquez, Kolin Lyon, Andrew Zimmerman, Cody Hartman, Blake Siefka, and Deagon Dosson.
Demonstration is a contest designed to teach the audience a skill, our Sharks decided to demonstrate the proper technique for showing a Beef Steer. Aubrey Sherwood, Hailey DeRosia, Kassidy Acker, and Taylor Marr are the dedicated FFA members of this team. Their demonstration showed up the competition and took 2nd Place and a District Gold Award. The ladies are very excited to compete at Regionals on February 14th.
The Michigan State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA Members who have been active for more than 2 years, completed 360 hours of agricultural education, have a developed SAE, achieved academic success, and committed 25 hours of community service. The following students received state degrees: Kacie Allen, Hailey DeRosia, Blake D. Fisher, Nick Harry, and Aubrey Sherwood.
Regional Contests will be held at 1:00 PM at Delta College on February 14th, 2019. We invite family, community members, and supporters of the FFA to come and cheer on our teams as they compete.