FFA members from across District 10 made presentations before judges in various competitions which included reciting the FFA Creed. Submitted photo.

Southern FFA hosts District 10 Ag Sales and Public Speaking Event

Written and Submitted by Natalie Porter, Racine Southern FFA Historian

RACINE, Ohio – The Southern Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently hosted the District 10 Ag Sales and Public Speaking Career Development Events (CDE’s).

The event was held on February 7, 2019 and hosted by the Racine Southern FFA Chapter along with the Ohio River Producers (Racine Southern’s FFA Alumni).

Contests were held throughout classrooms in Southern High School with the following FFA Chapters competing: Marietta, South Gallia, Logan, Warren, Gallipolis, New Lexington, Minford-SCCTC, Morgan, Waterford, Alexander, River Valley, Racine Southern, and Federal Hocking.

The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is designed to develop agricultural leadership by providing for member participation in agricultural public speaking activities and stimulating interest in leadership and citizenship. In the Advanced category first place went to Bethany Starlin from Logan. In the beginning category first place went to Allison Florence from Warren.

The Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having prepared or rehearsed its content in advance, therefore causing FFA members to formulate their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time. First place went to Hunter Welch from Marietta.

Participants in the Creed Speaking CDE present their presentation of the FFA Creed before a panel of judges. Once their presentation is complete, they respond to questions directly related to the FFA Creed. The Creed Speaking CDE is designed to foster agricultural leadership in younger members. The creed is five paragraphs long and must be memorized. First place in the Advanced Creed category (first year FFA member above ninth grade) went to Jenna York from New Lexington. First place in the Beginning Creed (first year FFA member in the nine grade) went to Grace Baker New Lexington. Lisa Rose represented Racine Southern FFA Chapter and competed in the beginning creed category and placed fifth overall.

Students competing in the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE) gain experience and skills essential to the production and marketing of agricultural products. The team event illustrates related careers and offers a firsthand look at developing product knowledge and driving sales. Students compete individual but their scores get totaled for a team of four members. Gallipolis was the first place team.

Local business owners, FFA Alumni, Southern Staff and FFA supporters came in to assist with judging. Racine Southern FFA Members and officers assisted with the organization of the contest in keeping everything running smoothly. We would like to thank each and everyone of them for dedicating their time in making our contest a success. All first place students/teams in the contest will go on to compete at the State FFA Competitions for their categories.