2013-12-14 / The Bullhorn

First showing for FFA members successful

By Kayla Baker

Roxboro Community School’s (RCS) FFA chapter attended the 2013-2014 FFA Federation Competition on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Youth for Christ Warehouse in Roxboro.

The National FFA Organization is an American youth organization, specifically a career and technical student organization, based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural and science education. FFA provides competitions to support what students learn in class. This year’s federation competition involved Durham, Granville, Person and Vance counties.

RCS’s FFA Vice President Hannah Lunsford placed first in Prepared Public Speaking on the topic of “Harsher Punishment for Small Animal Abusers.” According to the Chapter Guide to State FFA Activities, the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development event is designed to develop agricultural leadership by providing for member participation in agricultural public speaking activities and stimulating interest in leadership and citizenship. Members create and deliver a six- to eightminute speech based on the written manuscript, delivery and response to questions.

RCS FFA member Sarah Powell placed fifth in FFA Creed Recitation. Also a part of the Chapter Guide to State FFA Activities, this event provides sixth- through ninth-grade FFA members the opportunity to present the five legendary paragraphs of the FFA Creed. Students are evaluated based on presentation and accuracy.

Six more of RCS’s FFA members participated in the FFA ritual and parliamentary procedure competition. The team placed fifth. During this portion of the competition, teams discuss local, state and national FFA events and activities. This challenging event requires members to work independently and collaboratively.

This is the first year that RCS has ever participated in the Federation Competition.

Biotechnology teacher Gina Lunsford said, “I am so proud of all of the FFA members who took time out of their busy schedules to devote to this event and a special thanks to David Jones and Person High School’s FFA for letting RCS borrow FFA jackets, scarves and ties until ours are delivered.”

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