‘Snowpocalypse’ doesn’t stop Meridian FFA members as they participate in winter CDEs

Meridian, Idaho, FFA members do well at recent events despite the heavy snow that has blanketed the area.

By Loretta Lacy

2016-2017 Meridian, Idaho, FFA Reporter

Published on February 6, 2017 3:45PM

Last changed on February 7, 2017 10:17AM

From left, Meridian FFA members Courtney Marshall, Sophia Schuler and Miranda Trent after the Greenhand Knowledge CDE in December.

Photo by Mallie Miller

From left, Meridian FFA members Courtney Marshall, Sophia Schuler and Miranda Trent after the Greenhand Knowledge CDE in December.

Meridian’s Ag Mechanics team after placing 3rd at districts at Vallivue High School. From left, Brian Regner (1st in Small Gas Engines and 3rd in Tool ID), Cody Duff (7th in Oxy Welding), Kaitlin Muniz (1st in Copper Pipe), Ashlyn Schiers (3rd in Arc Welding) and Sterling Murdock (8th in Electricity).

Photo by Mallie Miller

Meridian’s Ag Mechanics team after placing 3rd at districts at Vallivue High School. From left, Brian Regner (1st in Small Gas Engines and 3rd in Tool ID), Cody Duff (7th in Oxy Welding), Kaitlin Muniz (1st in Copper Pipe), Ashlyn Schiers (3rd in Arc Welding) and Sterling Murdock (8th in Electricity).

Meridian FFA Vice President Mallie Miller is all smiles after winning the Boise Valley District Job Interview CDE.  Mallie will go to the state level later this spring.

Photo by Mallie Miller

Meridian FFA Vice President Mallie Miller is all smiles after winning the Boise Valley District Job Interview CDE. Mallie will go to the state level later this spring.

Meridian Treasurer Alexa Phillips, left, after her 2nd place at the Kuna Grange’s Prepared Public Speaking Contest, and Meridian Sentinel Ashton Shaul, right, after winning the Kuna Grange’s Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. Ashton will go on to districts.

Photo by Alexa Phillips

Meridian Treasurer Alexa Phillips, left, after her 2nd place at the Kuna Grange’s Prepared Public Speaking Contest, and Meridian Sentinel Ashton Shaul, right, after winning the Kuna Grange’s Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. Ashton will go on to districts.

From left, Kennedy Cox, Cassidey Plum, Kyle Schmit, Mollie Hiscox and Alexa Phillips before Ada County Farm Bureau’s Prepared Public Speaking contest. Kyle, Meridian FFA president, will go on to represent the chapter at districts.

Photo by Alexa Phillips

From left, Kennedy Cox, Cassidey Plum, Kyle Schmit, Mollie Hiscox and Alexa Phillips before Ada County Farm Bureau’s Prepared Public Speaking contest. Kyle, Meridian FFA president, will go on to represent the chapter at districts.


Winter is known as the “off season” for FFA members but there are still several Career Development Events (CDEs) that take place during this time.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Boise Valley District (BVD) Agricultural Mechanics, Greenhand Knowledge and Job Interview CDEs were held at Vallivue High School. After winning the Meridian chapter runoff for the Job Interview CDE, Mallie Miller represented our chapter at the BVD level. Mallie placed first in the Boise Valley District and will be representing Meridian FFA at the State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls this coming April.

The Job Interview CDE requires members to create a resume, business cards, a follow up letter and participate in a mock job interview. The members choose an agricultural job that they could apply for right now.

Mallie enjoys participating in the Job Interview CDE because it gives her real world skills that she knows she’ll need in the future. To prepare for this contest, Mallie practices writing follow up letters, prepares business cards and resumes, and practices answering questions with many of her advisors.

Three Meridian FFA members, Courtney Marshall, Miranda Trent and Sophia Schuler, participated in the Greenhand Knowledge CDE on Dec. 7. The Greenhand Knowledge CDE is a test over general FFA information and is only open to freshmen members. Also on Dec. 7, the Meridian Agricultural Mechanics team attended the district competition and placed 3rd overall. This district competition was not a state qualifier so the Meridian FFA will be participating in the state Agricultural Mechanics CDE in early June. Results from individual areas at districts are as follows:

• Kaitlin Muniz placed 1st in copper pipe.

• Brian Regner tied for 1st in small gas engines.

• Brian Regner placed 3rd in tool I.D.

• Ashlyn Schiers tied for 3rd in arc welding.

• Cody Duff placed 7th in oxy welding.

• Sterling Murdock placed 8th in electricity.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, one Meridian FFA member participated in the Kuna Grange Extemporaneous Speaking contest and one member participated in the Kuna Grange Prepared Public Speaking contest in Kuna, Idaho.

The Extemporaneous Speaking contest serves as our chapter’s runoff as needed. In the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE, members bring a binder with 100 pages of current agriculture-related material and their own creativity, and have a half an hour to produce a four- to six-minute speech. Contestants will choose one of two topics randomly drawn 30 minutes prior to the event on which to prepare their speech. Not only will they have to present a speech to a panel of judges, but the members must also be comfortable with their topic to answer questions. The following placings of these contests are as shown:

• Ashton Shaul (1st place and cash prize of $25-Extemporaneous Speaking).

• Alexa Phillips (2nd place and cash prize of $15-Prepared Public Speaking).

Not only did Ashton Shaul win the Extemporaneous event on this date, but she will also represent Meridian at the BVD CDE on Feb. 8 at Meridian High School. Ashton enjoys the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE because it really challenges her. This CDE has taught Ashton a lot of information about a wide variety of topics and has helped her to become a better speaker and writer.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, six Meridian FFA members participated in the Ada County Farm Bureau Prepared Public Speaking contest, held in the Meridian PTC. This contest serves as the Meridian Prepared Speaking chapter runoff.

In the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, members research a current agriculture-related topic of their choice and present a six- to eight-minute speech to a panel of judges. The judges will ask the members questions about their topic as well. The following placings of this contest are as shown:

• Kyle Schmit (1st place in the chapter runoff; 2nd overall and cash prize of $100).

• Alexa Phillips (3rd place overall and cash prize of $75).

• Mollie Hiscox.

• Cassidey Plum.

• Rose Frazze.

• Kennedy Cox.

Kyle Schmit’s prepared speech was on the effect of constitutional law and the Supreme Court in agriculture. Kyle believes that it is one of the strongest factors in the way the industry works and that it is often overlooked.

In preparing for this contest, Kyle practiced giving his speech to his parents and to multiple advisors. Kyle’s favorite part of this CDE is being able to share his views and hearing what other people think. He thinks members should participate in this because it is a great opportunity to become more confident in speaking and to establish your own personal views.

Meridian FFA would like to thank Vallivue High School and its agriculture program for hosting the Agricultural Mechanics, Job Interview, and Greenhand Knowledge CDEs, Kuna Grange for hosting their Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Contests, and Ada County Farm Bureau for hosting their Prepared Public Speaking contest. Congratulations to Mallie Miller who will be representing our chapter in Job Interview at state CDEs in Twin Falls this April.

Congratulations to Ashton Shaul and Kyle Schmit who will be representing our chapter at the BVD speaking CDEs on Feb. 8.









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