Quincy FFA competitors

Quincy FFA members competed in the Sub District Leadership competition on Feb. 4 in Wilson Creek in Creed Speaking and Employment Skills. Left to right are Hannah Thompson, Krista Kirk, Jane Kennedy, Gavin Sahli, Cooper Raap, Taran Brown, Esmerelda Buenostro and Shannon Workinger.

The Quincy, Wash., FFA kicked off the spring competition season at Wilson Creek with the Creed Speaking and Employment Skills Leadership Development Events.

Eight members braved the wind and blowing snow to make the trip to represent the chapter.

In the Creed LDE, members have to recite the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and then answer three questions about the words they said. It is usually the first foray into the speaking arena for freshman members. Four hearty young women from Quincy stood and delivered. The did their best but did not move onto the District competition.

However, just like most competitions, they learned from their mistakes and a little better how to handle the nerves associated with competition.

In the Employment Skills LDE, members have to create a resume, write a cover letter, and then go through a personal interview which is evaluated by a panel of judges. They create a job that they are qualified for based on their experience and skill set.

The Quincy members fared well with Taran Brown placing first, Cooper Raap splitting a tie in third and fourth, Jane Kennedy was fifth, and Gavin Sahli sixth in a 15-competitor field. The top five places will move on to District competition on March 4 in Moses Lake for the opportunity to compete at State.

As the competitors go deeper in the competition certain practicums are added. At District they will have to fill out a digital job application and write a follow-up letter after their interview. At State they add a networking practicum and telephone interview.

Quincy FFA members are preparing for a variety of Leadership Development and Career Development Events that they will compete in between now and the State FFA Convention in May. These include Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Conduct of Chapter Meetings, First Year CDE, Horse Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation, Agriculture Communications, Food Science and Technology, Agriculture Issues Forum, Agronomy, and Environmental Natural Resources.

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