Quincy, Wash. — The Quincy FFA kicked off the Spring CDE/LDE Season in fine fashion at the Sub District Creed and Employable Skills Leadership Development Event in Wilson Creek on Monday, Feb. 5. This is the first of a string of competitions that wrap up the second week of May at the Washington State FFA Convention in Pullman.
The Creed Speaking LDE requires first year members to recite the 5 paragraphs of the FFA Creed and then answer 3 questions about its meaning. It is the foundation contest to build the rest of the leadership skills on. For freshman it is a way to conquer their nerves and learn to stand and deliver. The top five competitors at Sub District move on to District to compete for the 3 slots allotted to District IX in state level competition. Quincy had 3 competitors, and all 3 advanced to District. Dave Sulisto placed 3rd, Maria Elias 4th, and Rosey Combs 5th to all move on.
In Employable Skills, members have complete a resume, write a cover letter and create a job description for a job that they are qualified for. These materials are turned in 2 weeks prior to the competition to be scored by the judges. At the event members went through a personal interview with the judges. At District competitors will also have to add a job application and follow up letter. Then at state they will add a phone interview and networking opportunity to their practicums. Gavin Sahli placed 2nd and was joined by Zach Westra who placed 3rd to advance. Noah Nielson also competed but did not move on.
Quincy FFA members will compete in a wide variety of CDE and LDE in the next few months. Leadership events include Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, Employable Skills, Parliamentary Procedure, Conduct of Chapter Meetings, Agriculture Issues Forum, and First Year Member. Career Development Events include Horse Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Agriculture Sales and Food Science.