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Two Fredericktown FFA members earn their American Degree
    Fredericktown had two members who were among others that received their American Degree on their last day of National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Receiving this Degree was Holly McClay and Jessica Small. Both of these members worked very hard and invested numerous hours to get this honor. They had to earn their State Degree, complete at least two years of an agricultural education program, graduate from high school at least 12 months prior to the convention. The members had to have at least 50 hours of community service, and productively earned 10,000 dollars and reinvest 7,500 dollars into their SAE program. They must have maintained a scholastic record of at least a “C” or better to complete a written application that goes through an intense evaluation process on the local, district, state and national levels. Holly McClay is a junior at the Ohio State University where she is majoring in Elementary Education and is on a sabbatical this year while she is serving and traveling as the Ohio FFA State President. She is the daughter of Todd and Robin McClay. Jessica Small is a student of Wilmington College who is majoring in Biology and minoring in criminal justice A huge Congratulations to the recipients.

Fredericktown FFA Attend the National FFA Convention
    Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention amongst over 67,000 FFA members in attendance at Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the convention, they had the opportunity to meet members from around the country, and get to attend leadership workshops while also being able to hear words of wisdom from motivational speakers and visit the FFA career show. The career show boasts more then 1,000 booths all representing agriculture- related companies, colleges, US armed forces and more. Members who attended on behalf of the Fredericktown FFA were: (LtoR) Natasha Tucker, Nikki Frazier, Andrea Smith, Falon Smith and Emily Rook. One of the most favorable events of the week was being able to support our former members Holly McClay and Jessica Small in receiving their American Degree the highest degree obtainable in the FFA organization. In the convention sessions, we had various guest speakers throughout the week one even being the governor of Indianapolis and of Keynote speaker Bob Goff who talk of love and the events that occurred within his life that made him who he was today. The chapter also enjoyed a concert by Old Dominion and a hypnotist show.

Fredericktown FFA takes on Job Interview CDE
    Fredericktown FFA hosted the County Job Interview contest recently at the Fredericktown Administration Building. This competition evaluated the skills of participants in the various parts of the job interviewing process. Members must complete a cover letter and resume prior to the competition. Then they must participate in a mock job interview, in which they are judged on eye contact, speech, and the content of their answers.
    Fredericktown FFA members earning high marks were: Marissa Simmons placing third in division four, Macy Thorne placing third in division three, Emily Rook placing second in division two, and Krissie Gaines placing fifth in division one. Emily Rook also qualified to compete in the District 7 competition.

Fredericktown FFA participates in the County Parliamentary Procedure CDE
    Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to the Knox County Parliamentary Procedure contest hosted at our the Fredericktown Administration building. This particular contest consists of two major parts. Participants must complete a written test that consists of basic parliamentary procedure questions relating to various special abilities. Teams must also conduct a mock meeting and demonstrate their ability to correctly carry out the motions mentioned above in under 12-15 minutes. The demonstration portion of the contest includes main motions, which members must discuss. The secretary notes are scored and included in the teams score for this competition. Novice teams must also include the FFA opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies in their mock meeting. The Advanced parliamentary procedure team placed fourth overall.

Fredericktown FFA competes in District 7 Food Science
    Recently members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the District 7 Food Science competition, held at Zane Trace High School in Chillicothe. As a part of the food science contest, participants must determine the flavors of various food items, as well as analyze three food samples and be able to tell which one is different. They must also be able to identify various pieces of equipment and tell when and what it is used for, assess food product problems and determine whether there is safety or quality issues, and recognize aromas of spices and other flavoring components. There is also an online test members must take for this event to compete and only the top 16 from each school may compete. The test consists of questions related to food handling, packaging, and basic knowledge. The Fredericktown team placed ninth overall in the district competition.

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