Fredericktown FFA Speaks their Way to State
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA sent 4 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. One member from Fredericktown competed in each of the categories. Categories were Creed Speaking, 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 and Zoe Jones participated in the Creed Speaking portion of the public speaking contest. Marissa was in the Beginning division and Zoe competed in the Advanced Creed Speaking event. Both of them took 5th in their division with a silver rating. Holly McClay represented Fredericktown in the Advanced Prepared Public Speaking and Maribeth Pozderac took part in the Beginning Public Speaking section of the competition. Both of them won 2nd in their division with gold ratings and will be representing Fredericktown and the rest of our district at the State Public Speaking Contest.
Pictured from Left to Right: Marissa Simmons, Maribeth Pozderac, Holly McClay, and Zoe Jones
Fredericktown FFA Sends 4 teams to Mt. Gilead Contests
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent 4 teams to compete in events at the Mount Gilead Spring Career Development Event (CDE) Invitational. The 4 different contests were General Livestock Evaluation, Equine Management, Nature Interpretation, and Wildlife Management.
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 is 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 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 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 problem 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 proper procedures for management. It focuses more on the knowledge of wild animal species than Nature Interpretation.
The Livestock Team placed 9th out of over 50 teams. Members of the team were Maribeth Pozderac, Holly McClay, Jessica Small, Cassidy Small, and Alexa Jones. Maribeth won 6th individually.
The Fredericktown Equine Management Team did very well, despite being without a third member. Hannah Vaughn placed 7th and Courtney Ballinger took 2nd out of over 200 individuals.
The members on the Nature Interpretation and Wildlife were Kendra Denton, Dalton Canter, Jake Sanders, Hailey Madrid, and Keila Simmons. They received 5th in Nature Interpretation and 8th in Wildlife Management. In the Nature event Kendra was 7th and Dalton took 19th out of 50 individuals. She also won 5th in the Wildlife Competition and Dalton placed 21st.
Horse Team: Courtney Ballinger and Hannah Vaughn
Wildlife /Nature Team: Hailey Madrid, Keila Simmons, Kendra Denton, Dalton Canter, and Jake Sanders
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.
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 chose 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. This year, the practicum dealt with order taking and customer service. For this portion of the event, members were given a scenario for which they had to respond to with a sales pitch. Students received the materials and information necessary for this practice 10 minutes in advance and were given an additional 12 minutes for their response. 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 4 members and a team’s score is the compilation of all of the member’s individual scores.
The team did a great job, taking 2nd in the district and qualifying for the opportunity to compete at the state competition. Team members were: Courtney Ballinger, Haley Rook, Holly McClay, and Ryan Matthews. Ryan won 1st in the event individually. Holly received 3rd place individually and Courtney placed 6th.
Fredericktown FFA Hosts “Ag Olympic” Event
Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter hosted their Annual Ag Olympics. The event was held at the end of the National FFA Celebration Week, at the high school.
The Ag Olympics is a relay-style competition consisting of various agriculture and farm-related tasks. This year, there were 3 parts to the preliminary event. It consisted of carrying buckets of water, spitting sunflower seeds into a bucket, and a feed sack race. There was also an additional challenge that could be used to improve a team’s time. The bonus task was a mock calf roping. Teams that achieved this in the first attempt got 5 seconds taken off of their preliminary finish time. The final round involved milking a “cow,” or in this case a cow cutout. The top team from each heat of preliminaries advanced to the finals and went face to face.
8 teams participated in this year’s high school Ag Olympics. The contest was open to all high school students. Teams consisted of 4 members. Chance Beeman, Aria Hoeflich, Leona Smith, and Kailin Horlacher were member of the team that won the event. The FFA also put on a competition for middle school students too. There were 10 teams in this event. Gabby Daniels, Bella Spencer, Hannah Lafevre, and Alyssa Zolman were the winners of the middle school Olympics. All of the winners received a small prize from the FFA.