Friday, March 16, was the date and Big Bend Community College was the place for the District IX Leadership Development Events. Nineteen members of the Quincy FFA competed for a chance to advance to state level competition. Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure were the LDEs that the Quincy FFA had participants in.
Erin Brisbine brought home the first place banner in Prepared Public Speaking and punched her ticket to state. In Prepared Speaking, competitors have to submit a manuscript in APA style that is scored prior to the event, then they have to present a 6-8 minute speech on an agriculture related topic.
Noah Nielson represented the Quincy Chapter in Extemporaneous Public Speaking and placed 7th overall. Extemporaneous speaking requires members to draw three possible topics from a list of 18 topics based on six broad areas of the agriculture industry. Then in 30 minutes prepare and present a 4-6 minute speech. Students may bring 5 sources of information to use in their preparation.
Rosey Combs, Dave Sulisto, and Maria Elias competed in the Creed Speaking LDE. Dave placed 5th, Maria 7th and Rosey 8th. Creed requires first year FFA members to recite the 5 paragraphs of the FFA Creed and answer 3 questions following the presentation.
Quincy had two teams in the Parliamentary Procedure LDE and both of them advanced to state placing 2nd and 3rd at District. Parliamentary Procedure requires members to take a written parli test, then do a presentation of parliamentary skills with 5 assigned motions, and 5 additional motions to be made by team members, the secretary’s minutes are also scored and each team member must answer an oral question. Quincy’s Gold team placed 2nd and was made up of Bethanny Safe, Anne Safe, Eli Westra, Sierra Reynolds, Paden Wallace and Bryanna Gray. Quincy’s Green team placed 3rd and was made up of Patrick White, Jordan Clark, Leslie Torres-Rubio, Cody Main, Eileen Perez and Stacia Sarty. Madison Lee and Jalynne Diaz were alternates for the Parliamentary teams.
Over the next month, Quincy Members will compete in the State Horse and Livestock Evaluation Career Development Events and prepare for the Ag Communications CDE and Meats Evaluation CDE as they make their way toward the 88th Washington State FFA Convention in Pullman the second week of May.