Washington FFA competes at leadership conference
The Southeast District FFA Leadership Contest and Convention was held at Sigourney High School, Saturday, March 9. Fourteen members of the Washington FFA participated in eight Leadership Career Development events.
The Washington Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team earned Gold Emblem status and was designated as one of two teams to advance to the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on April 22. Teams participating in this event were composed of seven members organized to act out the duties of an officer team. Teams were required to demonstrate opening ceremonies, act out two parliamentary procedure abilities, successfully close a meeting and answer questions about meeting organization. This event aids in the development of leadership abilities of young members for present and future chapter activities. Team members are Addie Pacha, Libby Schnicker, McKenna Brinning, Joceline Spenner, Mackenzie Meek, Jade Wells and Derek Stender.
Lauren Carter prepared the Washington FFA Treasurer’s Book and received Gold Emblem rating and her book advances to state competition. The chapter treasurer is required to keep complete and accurate records of the chapter’s financial activities. Chapter treasurers must include the chapter FFA roster, all financial activities, meeting and financial reports, chapter inventory lists, and the chapter budget.
Lexi Marek participated in the Ag Broadcasting event. She presented a five-minute broadcast as if she were a farm director or reporter for a radio station. This event is intended to foster an understanding and create an interest in the field of broadcast journalism. Lexi qualified to represent the southeast district at state with her Gold Emblem performance.
Lexi Marek also prepared the Chapter Secretary’s Book. This competition requires the chapter secretary to keep complete and accurate records of the chapter’s activities. Chapter secretaries must include the chapter FFA roster, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, committee reports, and copies of all chapter correspondence. Marek’s book was ranked Alternate to advance to state and Gold Emblem.
In the Chapter Reporter Scrapbook contest, Macy Marek assembled a Scrapbook that included FFA news articles, photos of FFA members, certificates of achievement, and chapter correspondence. This event is designed to stimulate and develop the preparation of materials and the use of photography showing achievements of members and the FFA chapter. Macy’s reporter’s scrapbook was ranked Silver.
Emma Stout represented the chapter in the FFA Creed Speaking event. She received the Silver Emblem label. This event is designed to develop leadership and the ability to appear before groups by ninth-grade students, as they become members of the FFA. This event recognizes outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions on the meaning and purpose of the FFA Creed.
The Parliamentary Procedure team of Mitchell Hora, Lauren Carter, Tanner Knupp, Chayse Jaspering, and Macy Marek received the Bronze Emblem rating. Teams participating in this event act out five parliamentary procedure abilities with each member presiding once. This event provides trained officers and informs members on the correct conduct of organization affairs with training in democratic affairs.
Maddie Kleese and Alexey England participated in the Greenhand Test and received Silver and Bronze ratings respectively. This event provides an opportunity for members to demonstrate their knowledge of FFA and its history.
The Southeast Iowa FFA District has 44 local chapters with more than 2,000 FFA members.