Meridian FFA welcomes spring and lots of CDEs

Six Meridian FFA members also ran for their State Degrees.

By Loretta Lacy

2016-2017 Meridian Chapter Reporter

Published on April 5, 2017 3:58PM

State Degree Candidates from Meridian FFA are, back row from left, Zach Phillips, Lauren Barker and Joe Wieting.  Front row, from left, are Kaitlin Muniz, Kate Johnson, Ellie Higgins, Mollie Hiscox and Ashton Shaul.

Photo by Mallie Miller

State Degree Candidates from Meridian FFA are, back row from left, Zach Phillips, Lauren Barker and Joe Wieting. Front row, from left, are Kaitlin Muniz, Kate Johnson, Ellie Higgins, Mollie Hiscox and Ashton Shaul.

BVD Floral team members are, from left, Delaney Vatcher, Kayla Schubert and Jordyn Bettencourt.

Photo by Renee Peugh

BVD Floral team members are, from left, Delaney Vatcher, Kayla Schubert and Jordyn Bettencourt.

BVD Ag Sales team members are, from left, Cassidey Plum, Loretta Lacy, Kyle Schmit and Sydney Plum.

Photo by Katie Mosman

BVD Ag Sales team members are, from left, Cassidey Plum, Loretta Lacy, Kyle Schmit and Sydney Plum.

BVD Nursery/Landscape competitors are, from left, Kaitlin Muniz, Cameron King, Mollie Hiscox and Hailey Buffham.

Photo by Trish Stokes

BVD Nursery/Landscape competitors are, from left, Kaitlin Muniz, Cameron King, Mollie Hiscox and Hailey Buffham.

BVD Novice Parliamentary Procedure participants are, from left, Jonathan Muniz, Madison Belanger, Sarah Miraya, Courtney Marshall, Miranda Trent, Rose Frazee and Michael Varin.

Photo by Trish Stokes

BVD Novice Parliamentary Procedure participants are, from left, Jonathan Muniz, Madison Belanger, Sarah Miraya, Courtney Marshall, Miranda Trent, Rose Frazee and Michael Varin.

BVD Parliamentary Procedure participants are, from left, Trinity Martin, Hayley Bowring, Sydney Plum, Cassidey Plum, Ashton Shaul, Logan Deim, Kaitlyn Steppe and Brock Shurtz.

Photo by Trish Stokes

BVD Parliamentary Procedure participants are, from left, Trinity Martin, Hayley Bowring, Sydney Plum, Cassidey Plum, Ashton Shaul, Logan Deim, Kaitlyn Steppe and Brock Shurtz.


Spring is always the busiest time of year, especially for members of the Meridian, Idaho, FFA chapter. Members spend the warm spring days studying for upcoming Career Development Events (CDEs) and preparing for the Idaho State Leadership Conference, held at the beginning of April. During the past few months, many Boise Valley District CDEs were held.

On Feb. 8, at Meridian High School, six Meridian FFA members ran for their State Degrees. The State Degree is very prestigious; 3 percent of Idaho State FFA members receive theirs. FFA members must have substantial record books, be highly active in the chapter, and have at least one strong supervised agricultural experience (SAE) to be eligible to receive this degree. This is the highest degree a member can receive in high school. Members are excused from school for one day to take FFA and Parliamentary Procedure knowledge tests, and undergo a record book examination and interview. Members who pass the process are awarded their new pin and participate in a ceremony at the Idaho State Leadership Conference. Meridian FFA members who received their State Degrees this year are as follows:

• Joe Wieting (MHS)

• Lauren Barker (EHS)

• Mollie Hiscox (MVHS)

• Kaitlin Muniz (MVHS)

• Ellie Higgins (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (MHS)

“Going through State Degree sifting was nerve wracking, but incredibly worth it,” said Ellie Higgins. “Studying for both the Parliamentary Procedure and the FFA Knowledge tests have benefited me with a greater knowledge of this organization, and completing the interview process gave me a sense of fulfillment. Receiving my degree was just the icing on the top!”

Also on Feb. 8, Boise Valley District (BVD) Prepared Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking CDEs were held at Meridian High School. Meridian had one member compete in each event. Members that place 1st in these events will then go on to compete at the state level in April. The members that participated in these speaking events are as follows:

• Kyle Schmit (3rd place Prepared Public Speaking) (RMHS)

• Olivia Sells (Creed Speaking) (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking) (MHS)

On Wednesday, March 1, the BVD Agricultural Sales and Floriculture CDEs were held at Kuna High School. Agricultural Sales is a CDE team made up of four members that each participate in a different event. One member participates in customer service, one participates in prospecting and the other two members participate in prepared sales, but do not compete against each other. In the customer service event, the member is given a situation in which they must handle a disgruntled customer in the best way possible.

In prospecting, the members are allowed 20 minutes to understand their product and then sell that product to a judge. In prepared sales, members create a booth for a product of their choice and after long weeks of practicing, they then showcase their product and try to make a sale with the judges. This year, Meridian FFA placed 2nd in the district. The following Meridian FFA members that participated in this CDE are as follows:

• Cassidey Plum (2nd in Prepared Sales) (MHS)

• Kyle Schmit (2nd in Prospecting) (RMHS)

• Sydney Plum (4th in Customer Service) (MHS)

• Loretta Lacy (1st in Prepared Sales) (CHS)

“Agricultural Sales is a great CDE for members who are looking to get out of their comfort zone,” said Kyle Schmit. “It teaches you to be confident and persuasive when talking to people.”

Floriculture is a CDE that consists of four team members. This CDE tests members over their knowledge of basic math, floral arrangements and bouquets, and flower types and tools. This year Meridian placed 5th at districts, and because it was not a state qualifying competition, Meridian will be competing at the state level in April. The members who participated are as follows:

• Jordan Bettencourt (EHS)

• Kayla Schubert (EHS)

• Lauren Barker (EHS)

• Caitlin Martin (EHS)

“I really like floral because, well, I’m obsessed with plants,” said Lauren Barker. “Also, it’s really fun because there are a lot of different aspects. It’s really fun to create an arrangement and see how pretty it turns out, and then you go and make a rock garden next which is totally different. I really enjoy making corsages because we can make them for ourselves for prom and I got to sell some for Sweethearts this year!”

On March 15, both Novice Parliamentary Procedure and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure were held at Middleton High School. Both of the Meridian teams placed 2nd at the Boise Valley District contest. In this CDE, a team consists of a chairman, a secretary, and four members demonstrating a meeting situation using Parliamentary Procedure rules. The members who participated in Advanced Parliamentary Procedure are as follows:

• Kaitlyn Steppe (High Secretary) (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (2nd High Chairman) (MHS)

• Cassidey Plum (MHS)

• Sydney Plum (MHS)

• Trinity Martin (MHS)

• Logan Deim (MHS)

“It’s one of the hardest, but definitely the most fun CDE,” said Kaitlyn Steppe. “It gives you the opportunity to learn how formal meetings run. Parliamentary Procedure is extremely beneficial and this CDE will help you in many aspects of your life. I highly encourage all members to participate.”

The members that participated in Novice Parliamentary Procedure are as follows:

• Rose Frazee (MVHS)

• Miranda Trent (MVHS)

• Michael Varin (MVHS)

• Madison Belanger (MVHS)

• Sarah Miraya (MVHS)

• Jonathan Muniz (MVHS)

• Courtney Marshall (EHS)

Also on March 15, the Nursery/Landscape CDE was held at Middleton High School. This CDE has members identify plants, tools and diseases in plants, present proper techniques of transplanting, propagating, measuring and pruning plants, and participate in a math and a general knowledge test. This year Meridian placed 3rd at the district contest. This was not a state qualifying contest, so Meridian will be participating in the state contest at the Idaho State Conference in April.

• Mollie Hiscox (5th place individual) (MVHS)

• Kaitlin Muniz (MVHS)

• Cameron King (MVHS)

• Hailey Buffham (MVHS)

“I enjoy Nursery/Landscape because it’s a challenging CDE that also is very hands-on,” said Mollie Hiscox. “I would recommend this CDE to anyone who enjoys their horticulture class or just wants to learn something new and useful.”

Boise Valley District officer sifting was also held on this date. Members from chapters all over the district are encouraged to apply and run for office. To run for a district office, you must complete an application, undergo an interview, and take a FFA knowledge test. This year two of Meridian’s members ran for and received a district office: Cameron King of MVHS (BVD Sentinel) and Ashton Shaul of MHS (BVD Treasurer). Congratulations to both of these members for their hard work and passion for this organization!

“It was a great learning experience and from the sifting alone I became a better leader,” said Ashton Shaul. “I am very excited about the upcoming year with my new officer team, and look forward to meeting with all of the chapters in the district. I know that I speak for the BVD officer team when I say that we are hoping to have a huge positive influence on the members of the Boise Valley District.”

Meridian FFA would like to thank the Kuna FFA, Middleton FFA, and Meridian FFA Advisors for hosting these district CDEs this year. Meridian FFA would also like to thank all judges that determined results of these CDEs over the past months. Thank you to Dr. John Mundt, Ms. Jessie Kellogg and Mrs. Samantha Parrott for judging the speaking CDEs. Meridian FFA would like to thank Mrs. Amy Nichols and Mr. Dave Daniel for judging Parliamentary Procedure, Ms. Kaylene Hoyt for judging Ag Sales, and Mr. Mike Martin and Mrs. Erica Cowman for judging Novice Parliamentary Procedure.











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