Re­serve FFA Ex­cels

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Re­bekah McCarty

Over the last few months, FFA mem­bers across the state have been work­ing hard writ­ing and mem­o­riz­ing speeches to present at the District Public Speak­ing Con­test for their dis­trict. Re­serve FFA is part of NM FFA’s District VI which in­cludes chap­ters from Dem­ing, Las Cruces High School, May­field High School, Me­silla Val­ley Chris­tian, Cen­ten­nial High School, Cliff, Tu­larosa, and sev­eral other towns.

On Novem­ber 10, ju­nior high mem­bers from across District VI met in Dem­ing to com­pete. In JR high, there are four con­tests that mem­bers can choose from: Il­lus­trated Talk, Pre­pared Speech, Open­ing & Clos­ing Cer­e­monies, and recit­ing the FFA Creed. Re­serve sent seven mem­bers to com­pete. In in­di­vid­ual events Poet James-Hovda com­peted in Pre­pared Speech, Creed, and Il­lus­trated Talk; Dar­ius DeLaO com­peted in Pre­pared Speech and Creed; and Dee Dee Rains com­peted in Pre­pared Speech and Creed. Dar­ius DeLaO, Cade Liv­ingston, Makayla Hin­ton, Kay­den Mar­shall, Adrian Varela, Poet James-Hovda, and Dee Dee Rains com­peted as a team in Open­ing and Clos­ing Cer­e­monies.

Poet placed sec­ond with her Pre­pared Speech ti­tled Soil and Dar­ius placed fourth in Creed and was third with his Pre­pared Speech, Dairy and Beef Cat­tle Man­age­ment. Poet and Dar­ius both com­peted at the State JR High Public Speak­ing Con­tests at New Mex­ico Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence in Fe­bru­ary.

On Fe­bru­ary 2, the high school mem­bers from the dis­trict met at the NMSU cam­pus to com­pete. High school mem­bers have six con­tests: Green­hand Pre­pared Speech, Green­hand Quiz, Green­hand

Creed, Chap­ter Pre­pared Speech, Job In­ter­view, and Ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous Public Speak­ing, with Green­hand Quiz be­ing the only team ac­tiv­ity. From Re­serve, Cam­den Hardy, Deliah DePuy, and Michael Car­rejo com­peted in Ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous Public Speak­ing; Re­bekah McCarty com­peted in Chap­ter Pre­pared; Cheyenne Spencer com­peted in Green­hand Creed; Brieanna McCormick, Cheyenne Spencer, and Har­ley Der­rick com­peted in Green­hand Pre­pared; and Brieanna McCormick, Deliah DePuy, Michael Car­rejo, and Har­ley Der­rick were the team that com­peted in Green­hand Quiz.

The re­sults for this con­test were very pleas­ing as well. Re­bekah McCarty placed first in the Chap­ter Pre­pared Speech con­test with her speech, Agri­cul­tural Plight, Cam­den Hardy was sec­ond in Ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous Public Speak­ing af­ter her pre­sen­ta­tion about en­sur­ing that we will have ag teach­ers in the fu­ture, Cheyenne Spencer placed third in Green­hand Pre­pared Speech with her speech, Sys­tems of Breed­ing

in Cat­tle and fourth in Green­hand Creed, and the Green­hand Quiz team placed sec­ond. All con­tes­tants that placed third or higher will be com­pet­ing at the state level in June at the NM State FFA Con­ven­tion.

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