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Several area Future Farmers of America students placed at a recent State FFA Leadership Development Event (LDE) in Huntsville. The students first had to place in their division and area before competing at the state level.
The Leadership Development competition featured students competing individually and as teams in a variety of areas such as agricultural advocacy, agricultural issues forum, chapter conducting, creed speaking, greenhand (first year) and senior FFA quiz, FFA radio, job interview, public relations, and skills demonstration. According to the Texas FFA Association LDE website, the events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.
Sharyland High School FFA
Sharyland High School had two teams place in the top three at the state competition. The FFA Radio team was named state champions, placing first among 596 teams competing. The team consists of three students, Victoria Garcia, Samantha Gonzales, and Ross La Grange. The students had to present an informative radio program covering one or more agricultural subjects that is current in nature and local in content.
The Junior Skills Demonstration team placed third in state along 231 teams competing. The students on the team are Baudel Ponce, Justin Bryan, and Seth Carter. The team members performed an actual demonstration of an agricultural skill including anything in the Agricultural Science and Technology curriculum using effective public speaking and communication methods.
Out of 316 teams competing, SHS’s Public Relations team placed seventh. Team members are Shane Carter, David Trevino, Kimberly Chaves and Melanie San Roman. Team members had to develop and present a five- to eight-minute program to inform a specified target audience, a community service organization for this competition, regarding the Texas FFA and what it represents. The presentation is developed assuming that the target audience has no knowledge of the FFA. Team members are then asked questions in response to their program following the presentation.
The Senior Skills Demonstration team was among the top 20 state semi-finalists out of 345 teams. Team members are Chris Mendiola, Teah Barrientes and Angelica Leal.
SHS FFA is directed by Joe Carter.
Mission High School FFA’s Senior Conducting Team was a state champion at the competition. The team will be competing in the national competition. Team members are Jose Calderon, Miguel Calderon, Itzel Lopez, Vanessa Calderon, Linette Landeros, Johanna Jimenez, Sebastian Martinez, Rolando Hinojosa, J.C. Martinez, Christopher Venecia and Brandon Garza. The team had to conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary law and the use of correct parliamentary procedures. At the conclusion of the mock meeting, team members are asked questions regarding parliamentary law.
MHS FFA is under the direction of Benito Lopez.
Veterans Memorial FFA
Veterans Memorial FFA had one member compete in the state competition. Zenaida Alaniz qualified to state by receiving first in Rio Grande Valley District and Area Ten competition in the Greenhand FFA Creed Speaking event. She placed 17th out of 646 speakers throughout the state.
The FFA creed outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The creed is recited by FFA members as part of the requirements to earn the Greenhand FFA Degree. The purpose of creed speaking is to develop the public speaking abilities of members as well as develop their self-confidence and contribute to their advancement in the FFA degree program.
VMHS FFA is under the direction of Ruben Alaniz.
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