By Ashley Cecil, Meridian FFA Reporter
The Meridian FFA Chapter hosted the Boise Valley District FFA Parliamentary and Nursery Landscape Career Development Events (CDE’s) earlier this month. Both CDE’s were held in the Professional Technical Center at Meridian High School. District officer sifting also occurred on this day.
The Meridian FFA team earned a second place in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. Carly Weaver earned High Chairperson while Kristin Nesbitt was the high secretary. Parliamentary Pro tests participants on the meeting law and Robert’s Rules of Order. They are required to use different types of motions, votes, and other parliamentary law. The chairman guides the meeting while the secretary must keep minutes as well as participate in the session and take a written test on parliamentary procedure. Meridian FFA team members included Carly Weaver, Jamie Short, Megan Diem, Andrew Heikkila, Nicole Trammel, and Kristin Nesbitt.
The Nursery Landscape teamed also earned a second place finish. Jessica Wayment earned a fourth high individual, Matt Stokes a sixth and Allison Stevens and seventh; other team members included Zach Putzier and alternate Brandon Walton. The district level contest included a knowledge exam, tree pruning, identification of plants, equipment, insects, and diseases as well as a landscape practicum where participants must identify components of a landscape and do math problems to calculate materials needed. A big thanks to Cloverdale Nursery for providing the plants for the identification portion of the CDE.
Every year at the Boise Valley District competition the current officers hold an officer sifting. Members from each chapter in the district go through the sifting process. It includes a written test, many interviews, and group discussions. Meridian FFA’s district officer for this year is Justin Nesbitt; he will serve as the Boise Valley District Treasurer for 2013-14.