Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Creed, Ag Issues and Paliamentary Procedure Winners Recognized


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Students from the Holton FFA and Atchison County FFA were recognized on Wednesday at the Kansas FFA Convention for excellence in public speaking, knowledge of agricultural issues and demonstration of parliamentary procedure and earned the opportunity to compete at National FFA Convention in October.

Shannon Maxwell, a member of the Holton FFA chapter, took home top honors in the Kansas FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The four finalists of the event were Naicee Gugelmeyer, South Barber FFA, who placed second; Theo Kassebaum, Centre FFA, who placed third; and Jordan Bell, Hill City FFA, who placed fourth. The Creed Speaking CDE develops public speaking skills in younger members as only greenhands, first year members, are eligible to compete. To participate, FFA members recite the FFA creed, which outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agricultural industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. In addition, participants are questioned about their knowledge of the creed and the FFA.

The Atchison County FFA was awarded first place in the Agricultural Issues CDE, which required the team to present a current issue to the public through a formal presentation and a written portfolio of research. Team members included Rikki Taliaferro, Sara Nutsch, Zack Langley, Colton Dunaway and Darren Falk. The team’s advisor is Dean Stafford. The top four finishing teams were Spring Hill, second place; Clay Center, third place; and Marysville, fourth.

The National FFA Organization’s mission is to develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Parliamentary Procedure CDE contributes to this by giving members first-hand experience of efficiently running a meeting. The Holton FFA earned the top team honor in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE due to the hard work of team members Amanda Spade, Kayla Klahr, Kate Gooderl, Mary Burns, Dillon Klahr and Carrie Karns. The team is advised by Jason Larison and Alex Bartel. Second-place went to Clay Center with Riverton and Marysville taking third and fourth, respectively.

The teams will spend the next several months preparing for the National Career Development Events during the National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 21-24, 2009.

FFA is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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