Pozderac takes 6th in State FFA Creed Speaking Contest
Recently Maribeth Pozderac of the Fredericktown FFA Participated in the State Public Speaking Contest. This contest was for all of the 9th grade members in their first year of FFA and reciting the FFA creed from memory and answer a variety of questions about the FFA Creed and its meaning even in today’s society even through it was written by EM Tiffany and adopted in 1933. Members are judged on the following items: Speaking without hesitation and memorization; pace; tone; pronunciation; volume; eye contact; gestures; mannerisms; well-poised; being detailed oriented; speaking unrehearsed, and giving examples during questions. Maribeth took 6th overall in the contest.
Fredericktown FFA gets another top 10 team in Ohio
Recently the Fredericktown FFA qualified and participated in the State Ag Sales competition. The members that participated were Holly McClay, Jacob Lotz, Ryan Matthews, and Milan Pozderac. This Career Development Event is to concentrate on the marketing of agricultural products that are key to profitability in today’s competitive economy, and agricultural sales play a major role in that marketing process. Students are able to demonstrate their skills by participating in a wide range of activities oriented around the total sales process.
Our team did exceptionally well taking home 8th place in Ohio. Each member on the team had to do a practicum about customer relations where the members dealt with an unsatisfied customer and had to make them happy again. Each member had to also take an online exam about the terminology of sales and customer incidents. The members had to complete a sales demonstration and sell their product to a judge convincing them to purchase what they were selling. Holly was selling Pearl Valley Cheese, Ryan was selling Sydell Sheep Corral Systems, Milan was selling D.S Livestock Equipment, and Jacob sold Farm Tek Covered Storage Fabric Structures.
Fredericktown FFA Develops Public Speakers
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA competed in the District Ag Power & Diagnostics contest. This Career Development Event is an extension of the Ag Ed classroom and laboratory. This CDE 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 student’s employ in this CDE is the same 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 10th place overall.
Fredericktown FFA Competes in District 7 Ag Power Contest
Recently the Fredericktown FFA conducted and participated in the Chapter Creed Speaking Contest. All the members that competed had to recite the FFA creed in front of a panel of judges and answer questions about the creed. The FFA Creed is five paragraphs on why members believe in the future of agriculture. Maribeth Pozderac swept first in the chapter and will be representing the chapter in the county competition in the Novice Creed Speaking. Braden Morey took 1st in Advanced Creed Speaking and will be representing the chapter in the county contest.
Public Speaking is a hard skill to accomplish and learn but is a valuable life lesson that they will use in a variety of ways no matter what career they pursue in life after high school and/or college.
Fredericktown FFA takes Top 3 in both Nature and Wildlife Contest at Mt. Gilead Invitational
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA competed in both the Nature Interpretation and Wildlife Management competition at the Mt. Gilead Invitational Contest. The Nature Interpretation Contest is to stimulate interest and promote instruction in nature interpretation as well as to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of natural resources. They must take a general knowledge test, identify 75 specimens, complete practicum’s that include: identifying animal calls, attracting wildlife, reading nature signs, determining water quality, understanding nature interpretation, and controlling problem plants and animals. The team took 2nd in this contest with Jacob Lotz placing 4th individual overall and Kendra Denton placing 5th place overall.
The same team also had the opportunity to compete in the Wildlife Management Contest. This contest is to stimulate and to promote instruction in the areas of fish and wildlife management, as well as to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of natural resources instruction. In this contest they must take a general knowledge exam, identify 75 specimens (including mammals, game birds, fish, food & cover plants, and equipment), and complete practicum’s in the areas of reading topographical maps, understanding pond management, aging and sexing wildlife, determining habitat management requirements, controlling nuisance animals, and identifying game laws and safety. The Wildlife Management Team took 3rd place.
Fredericktown FFA participated in Mt. Gilead Invitational General Livestock Contest
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA competed in the General Livestock Judging Contest at the Mt. Gilead Invitational. This Career Development Program is designed as a practical method of teaching students to recognize quality production animals. The skills students learn in evaluating general livestock producers and consumers by giving them practical experience in identifying and understanding characteristics that affect production and quality. The students have to take a written exam, complete market grid questions, place 8 classes of beef, sheep, swine, or goats, place a keep/call class and answer questions on the placing classes. The team took 24th place and will be competing in the Marysville Invitational and the Ashland Invitational to help prepare for the state contest.
Fredericktown FFA qualifies for State Ag Sales Contest
Recently the Fredericktown FFA competed in the District 7 Ag Sales competition at Pickaway Ross Career and Technical Center. The purposed of this contest is for students to market a product that is key to profitability in today’s economic economy, and to demonstrate how to play a major role in the marketing process. Through this CDE, students will save the opportunity to demonstrate skills in sales by participating in a wide range of activities oriented around the total sales process. Each team may consist of up to 4 members. The agricultural sales CDE consists of 3 parts: an objective test, oral sales presentation, and a series of practicums.
The test is designed to test the team members’ understanding of the basic professional sales process, the role that selling plays in the marketing of agricultural products, and the knowledge possessed by students relative to advertising and promotion, customer relations, and product displays.
The Sales demonstration will assess the team members’ ability to properly sell an agricultural product to a customer and properly conclude the sales transaction including a sales invoice and proper change. Each contestant will be allowed 12 minutes for their sales presentation.
The practicum at the District competition was prospecting for new customers. The judges give the student a sales situation and then the participant will then approach the customer and by interaction with the customer determine if the customer is a prospect or not. The participant will then attempt to sell that product to the customer, or gain an appointment for a future sales call, whichever is appropriate for the scenario.
Fredericktown FFA Competes in County FFA Public Speaking Contest
Recently the Fredericktown FFA participated in the county public speaking contest. Holly McClay swept first in her division of Prepared Public Speaking. Holly had to write a 6-8 minute speech of her choice and recite it to the judges word for word. Her topic was about animals having rights. She was graded on voice clarity, eye contact, time, and her subject.
Braden Morey placed 2nd in his division of Advanced Creed Speaking. He had to recite the 5 paragraph FFA creed in front of the judges and answer questions about the creed. He was also scored on voice clarity, eye contact, and use of hands while talking. This contest is especially for members who are in grades 10, 11 or 12 and in their first year of FFA.
Maribeth Pozderac placed 2nd in her division of the first year Creed Speaking Contest. This contest was for all of the 9th grade members in their first year of FFA and reciting the creed.
Haley Barnes placed 5th in the Extemporaneous Contest. The members drew a topic given to them from the judges and then had to create a 4-6 minute speech in the allotted time of 30 minutes to research her project. After the 30 minute one prep time, she had to recite her speech to the judges and answer questions about her topic.
Holly, Braden, and Maribeth all qualified to advance to the District FFA Public Speaking Contest. Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.