Quincy FFA spring competitions begin
The Quincy 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 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. They did their best but did not move onto the District 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. The Quincy members fared well, with Taran Brown placing first, Cooper Raap in a tie in third and fourth, Jane Kennedy 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.
The 237 Quincy FFA members will soon join over 669,000 other members from the 8,630 chapters across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands in celebrating the people, the traditions, and the culture that is the FFA. During National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23, FFA members will be holding special events and promoting their love of agriculture to all who will listen.
From its humble beginning in 1928 FFA, then the Future Farmers of America, has grown from those 28 young men who met in the Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, to an organization that has something for everyone.
The Quincy FFA Chapter was chartered in 1954 and has been preparing the next generation of leaders, producers, agri-businessmen, scientists, and workforce for the agriculture industry in the Quincy Valley ever since.
Quincy FFA has a full slate of activities for FFA Week. On Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, members will be up before the chickens preparing pancakes, eggs, and sausage for their Supporter Appreciation Breakfast. This event will be extra special, as Layni LeBlanc, the 2018-2019 National FFA Secretary from Walker, Louisiana, will be there along with the Washington FFA Association State Officer Team to help fix breakfast and visit with the attendees. Following breakfast on Tuesday, Quincy FFA members will get to attend leadership workshops put on by the National and State Officers and meet one on one with a National FFA Officer.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Quincy FFA will hold its Greenhand Initiation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Ag Shop. Greenhands are the first-year members in FFA. All parents and members are encouraged to attend.
Friday will be the Chapter Barbecue during both lunches, and on Friday evening members will travel to Lind for the District XI Expedition. This event is hosted by the District Officers, who will be putting on leadership workshops for the members.
Submitted by Quincy FFA