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Fredericktown FFA Speaks their Way to State

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA sent three members to compete at the District 7 FFA Public Speaking Competition. The event was held at Amanda Clearcreek High School.

This competition includes many separate division contests. The categories were Creed Speaking, Beginning Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Participants in the Prepared and Creed Speaking competitions were separated into beginning and advanced groups.

For the Creed Speaking event, members are to recite the FFA creed and then answer questions from the judges. Contestants in the Prepared Public Speaking contest are to write a 5 to 7 minute long speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges before answering oral questions. The speeches may be on any agriculture-related topic. Finally, those who are involved in the extemporaneous portion of the event pick an agricultural topic, which will determine what subtopic they will be asked to speak on. Members draw a subtopic from their category and are given 30 minutes to research and create the outline for a 4 to 6 minute speech. They are then asked questions by each of the judges in regards to the topic they spoke on.

The members that represented the Fredericktown FFA chapter did well! Marissa Simmons was in the Beginning Prepared contest and took 3rd place overall. Rachel Matthews was in the Novice Creed contest and also took 3rd place overall. Then Maribeth Pozderac took part in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking competition where she took 2nd in her division with a gold rating and qualified to representing Fredericktown and the rest of our district at the State Public Speaking Contest.

 

Fredericktown FFA Chapter Competes in Marysville Invitational

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the second CDE of the spring. It was held at Marysville High School. There were four different contests that members form Fredericktown competed in. They were: Horse Judging, Wildlife, Nature, and General Livestock. Congratulations to all of those who competed in the contests.

In the Horse Evaluation CDE, students evaluate and rank horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. As a team, students cooperatively solve problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production. Those participants were: William Manning, Macy Gage, and Jacob Rook. The team placed 37th overall.

For the Wildlife and Nature contest, members had to identify which animal the part being shown was from. They did the same for plants. Members had to evaluate reptiles, amphibians, fowl, etc. Those members were Ashtyn Andrews, Kyrsten Andrews, and Lily Jeffers. The team placed 18th in Nature and 32nd in Wildlife.

Participants in the General Livestock CDE cooperatively classify livestock as “keep” or “cull” for market and breeding purposes based on physical characteristics and records. Those members were Jessica Small, Cassidy Small, Haley Rook, Marissa Simmons, and Macy Thorne. They placed 45th overall.

 

Fredericktown FFA Practices Sales Techniques

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA sent a team of four to compete in the District 7 FFA Ag Sales Contest. The event was held at Amanda Clearcreek High School.

Team members were Ally Helmick, Kyrsten Andrews, Haley Rook, and Jessica Small.

This event consists of a test, sales presentation, and practicums. The exam is a series of online questions regarding sales related topics, including the sales process, role of sales in the agriculture industry, customer service, and visual presentation of products. For the sales presentation, members choose agricultural products and come up with a company that will be selling the items. They create an informational board and potentially other visual aids (Such as a business card, model of the objects being sold and appropriate paperwork.) Each contestant has 12 minutes to present and attempt to sell their product to the judges.

The goal of participation in the competition is to teach students various marketing techniques that they can utilize in the future to become profitable. Teams are made up of four members and a team’s score is the compilation of all of the member’s individual scores.

The team took third overall in the district. Jessica Small took third place individually. Congratulations to all those who competed!

 

Fredericktown FFA Competes at Mount Gilead Nature & Wildlife Invitational

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA members competed in the Invitational contest at Mount Gilead. They competed in Nature and Wildlife.

The Nature Interpretation event is designed to help stimulate an interest in nature interpretation, and allow FFA members to demonstrate their knowledge of natural resources. Participants do so by taking a 10-question written general knowledge test and identifying various types of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. They also complete two practicum’s that could include any of the following: identifying animal calls and equipment, reading nature signs, determining water quality, and controlling problems in plants and animals. The purpose of these activities is to give members the opportunity to show their understanding of the natural resource instructions they receive as part of the agriculture class curriculum.

The Wildlife Management Contest also involves identification activities and practicum that deal with the ability to recognize various signs of wildlife and determine procedures for management. It focuses more on the knowledge of wild animal species than Nature Interpretation.

The members on the Nature Interpretation and Wildlife were Chase Stockdale, Taylor Billman, and Lily Jeffers. They placed 17th in the Wildlife Management CDE and placed 11th overall in the Nature Interpretation. Congratulations to all of those who competed!

 

Fredericktown FFA takes place in Mount Gilead Equine Invitational

Recently, members from the Fredericktown FFA competed in the Mount Gilead contest. Congratulations to all of those who competed!

The equine management CDE is designed to give participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about horses and their care. Members evaluate and rank horses based on their conformation, performance, breed characteristics, and other qualities. They may also be asked to identify various types of equipment, nutrients and equine breeds. A team consists of about four members with the top three scores being used to determine a team’s score.

The equine team placed 13th overall. Members were Macey Gage, William Manning, Rachel LaBenne, Jacob Rook, Justice Stacey, Emma Morey, and Wyatt Snell.

 

Fredericktown FFA Competes in Invitational General Livestock Contest

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA took place in the Mount Gilead invitational. Congratulations to all of those who competed!

The General Livestock Competition is designed to help members recognize quality livestock animals and their traits. Participants place several classes of animals according to their appearance, movement, and other characteristics. They may also need to consider records and data. The classes can be any specie of livestock, animal including swine, cattle and sheep. Members may be asked to evaluate classes based on their market qualities or based on the characteristics in regards to breeding. Competitors also determine which animals to keep and which should be sold in keep or cull classes. Another part of the contest is answering written questions about the classes. Each member scored based on how well they answer the questions and how they did in the scoring part of the contest. A team’s score is a combination of the top four contestants. Teams must have at least four members.

The livestock team placed 7th overall. Those members were Jessica Small, Maribeth Pozderac, Alexa Jones, Haley Rook, Cassidy Small, Macy Thorne, and Marissa Simmons. Jessica Small individually placed fourth out of 309 contestants.

 

Fredericktown FFA competes in County Public Speaking

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent four members to compete in the Knox County Public Speaking Contest. The event was held at Centerburg High School.

This competition includes many separate division contests. Categories were: Prepared Public Speaking, Beginning Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Creed Speaking. Participants in the Prepared and Creed speaking competitions were separated into beginning and advanced groups.

For the Creed Speaking event, members are to recite the FFA creed and then answer questions from the judges. Contestants in the Prepared Public Speaking contest are to write a five-to seven-minute long speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges before answering oral questions. The speeches may be on any agriculture related topic. Finally, those who are involved in the extemporaneous portion of the event pick an agricultural topic, which will determine what subtopic they will be asked to speak on. Members draw a subtopic from their category and are given 30 minutes to research and create the outline for a four -to six-minute speech. They are then asked questions by each of the judges in regards to the topic they spoke on.

Alexa Jones competed in the Prepared Public Speaking and took 3rd place with her speech on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). She will be an alternate for the District Competition. Maribeth Pozderac took 1st place in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking with her speech on “Are we hurting our Honeybees?”.

Marissa Simmons took 1st place in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking with her speech on “The Disconnect between the Farmer and the Consumer.” Rachel Matthews took 1st place in the Novice Creed Speaking Contest.

Congratulations to all members that competed, and Maribeth, Marissa, and Rachel qualified for the District Contest.

 

Fredericktown FFA members compete in Chapter Creed Contest

Recently, members from the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in a public speaking contest. Each person had to recite the FFA creed from memory. They are also asked three impromptu questions at the end of the creed.

Contestants are graded on how they make the paragraphs flow, and how they present themselves. This includes body language, the answers to the questions, and other factors.

Rachel Matthews who placed 1st place, will be moving on to the next competition at the county level. Also, Emma Morey placed 2nd, Mel Warner took 3rd, Macy Thorne took 4th, and Cailyn Parrish placed 5th. The rest of the members were: Ashtyn Andrews, Kaid Benson, Taylor Billman, Dylan Brown, Cody Corry, Alanna Diehl, Lily Jeffers, Katelyn Knoblock, Aaron McNeil, Bryce Rinehart, Jacob Rook, Wyatt Snell, Lydia Stute, Steven Tumbleson, Jesse VanAtta, and Zach Vogelsang.

 

Fredericktown FFA Takes Third Place in District Ag Power Diagnostics

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA competed in the District 7 Agriculture Power Diagnostics, formally called Tractor Trouble Shooting. The team took third place at the competition that was held at Franklin Equipment in Columbus, and just barely missed state qualification by just a few points. Members were Will Stelzer and Kaid Benson.

This career Development Event is an extension of the Ag Ed classroom and laboratory, and serves as an authentic assessment that is designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills these students employ in this CDE is the same the skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians.

The team must take an online general knowledge exam and work together in five different diagnostic stations during the competition. The team took third place overall. The Fredericktown FFA advisor is Mrs. Burden.





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