Long Creek hosts leadership event

LONG CREEK - On Feb. 26, the Long Creek FFA chapter held the district leadership event. Along with the Long Creek FFA team, three other teams attended: Grant Union, Burns and Prairie City.

The leadership event consists of seven different contests that shape good leadership skills. Among these are advanced parliamentary procedure; beginning parliamentary procedure; advanced public speaking; sophomore public speaking; creed speaking; exempt speaking; and the Co-op Quiz.

The day was full of success. In advanced parliamentary procedure, Prairie City came in first place, with Long Creek finishing a close second. Prairie City's beginning team also came in first, with Grant Union second, and Burns in third.

Although only two competitors competed in the advanced public speaking, it was still a tough battle. Long Creek's Cassi Ross came in first with Grant Union's Ty Rawlins finishing second.

In the creed speaking, Prairie City's Jay Adams came in first; Jill Martins, also of Prairie City, finished second; and Bobbie Ferguson of Grant Union placed third.

In extemporaneous speaking, Ariel Winegar of Prairie City came in first, along with teammates Amanda Rockhill, second; and Tyler Waggoner, third.

In the sophomore public speaking, Austin Rawlins of Grant Union came in first, with Lindy Black of Prairie City second and the Burns contestant in third.

The last contest of the day was the Co-op Quiz, with Winegar of Prairie City taking first and Burns placing second and third.

The top two in each contest, except for the Co-op Quiz, continued on to the sectional contest, held in Molalla on March 3 at the Molalla Nazarene Church. The section competition is the next level, and the winners advance to state. The first- and second-place winners of the Co-op Quiz advance straight to the state level at state convention, which will be held Friday through Monday, March 21-24.

This information was provided by Long Creek FFA Chapter Reporter Miranda Bennett.

Grant Union team excels at outings

LONG CREEK - The Grant Union High School chapter of the FFA recently participated in the Strawberry Mountain District Leadership contest at Long Creek School. Attending were David Kilpatrick, Bobbee Ferguson, Tasha Nodine, Tiffany Harrison, Kiley Humphrey and Chance Johns who competed in the freshman level Parliamentary Procedure contest.

This contest requires an extensive knowledge of "Roberts Rules of Order" and an understanding of basic leadership skills. The team placed second which earned them a place at the sectional level.

The FFA has a creed which is a set of beliefs that each FFA member has in common. The FFA Creed is memorized by most FFA members and the ones who hone their speaking skills as first-year members compete in delivering the FFA Creed to a panel of judges, then are asked questions concerning the meaning of the Creed. Tiffany Harrison and Bobbee Ferguson both represented the Grant Union FFA chapter, and Ferguson received third place.

Public speaking is essential to any student entering the workforce today. Many employers identify the inability to communicate and speak proficiently as the main weakness in today's graduating seniors. Ty Rawlins and Austin Rawlins both competed in the Public Speaking event at the district contest. Ty spoke at the advanced level on issues concerning meat packer ownership of livestock and the impact it has on the livestock producer. Ty received second place in the district, which earned him a place at the sectional contest where he placed third. Austin spoke at the sophomore level at districts on the topic concerning the many issues surrounding public lands grazing. Austin received first place at the district level and moved on to place third at the sectional level. Placing in the top three in the section means competing against many of the large schools from Western Oregon, which means the competition is very stiff. Sectionals were held in Molalla.

This information was provided by Bryce Meyer, adviser for the Grant Union High School FFA program. Mike Wilson is adviser for the Long Creek FFA program; Loren Bebb advises the Prairie City program.

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