Re­serve at FFA Con­ven­tion

Catron Courier - - Front Page - By Re­bekah McCarty

The first week of June, the Re­serve FFA Chap­ter was able to par­tic­i­pate in the 87th New Mexico State FFA Con­ven­tion. The chap­ter took six­teen of its mem­bers, the largest num­ber of mem­bers that have been taken to any event. Dur­ing the con­ven­tion, the mem­bers went to ses­sions to view re­tir­ing of­fi­cer ad­dresses, com­peted in var­i­ous events, helped se­lect the 2015-2016 state of­fi­cer team, and par­tic­i­pated in the ses­sions. The chap­ter was hon­ored to be se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the cour­tesy corp. On the cour­tesy crop, the mem­bers stood at the doors to welcome other mem­bers from across the state of New Mexico into the ses­sions.

Two days be­fore the con­ven­tion started, two of the mem­bers, Katherin and Re­bekah McCarty went to Las Cruces to par­tic­i­pate on the State Of­fi­cer Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee con­sists of twelve mem­bers through­out the state that put the of­fi­cer can­di­dates through in­tense in­ter­views in or­der to make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the rest of the state on the most qual­i­fied can­di­dates.

The chap­ter is very proud of all of the com­pet­ing mem­bers who both par­tic­i­pated and placed. The Ag Is­sues com­pe­ti­tion re­quires mem­bers to re­search an is­sue that is tak­ing place in their area and present a skit de­mon­strat­ing the sever­ity of the is­sue. The team, con­sist­ing of Katherin McCarty, Cam­den Gan­ten­bein, Cody Goetz, Bren­don Goetz, Brieanna McCormick, and Poet James placed forth. Cam­den Gan­ten­bein also placed third in Ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous Speech. In this com­pe­ti­tion, mem­bers are given five min­utes to pre­pare a five minute speech on a topic that is se­lected at the time of the com­pe­ti­tion. The chap­ter also had two mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in Pre­pared Speech. Cheyenne Spencer com­peted on the Green­hand level and Re­bekah McCarty com­peted on the Chap­ter level. Re­bekah McCarty placed first with her speech en­ti­tled “Agri­cul­tural Plight” and will rep­re­sent both our chap­ter and state at the na­tional level in Oc­to­ber in Louisville, Ken­tucky. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the par­tic­i­pants.

Fi­nally, the mem­bers lis­tened to the re­tir­ing ad­dresses of the cur­rent state of­fi­cers and par­tic­i­pated in se­lect­ing the new -2016 state of­fi­cer team. Four of the mem­bers: Ben Fletcher, Tay­lor Laney, Re­bekah McCarty, and Brieanna McCormick par­tic­i­pated as vot­ing del­e­gates to de­ter­mine next year’s state of­fi­cer team. Be­ing an of­fi­cer in FFA at the lo­cal, state, and na­tional lev­els, is an honor that each mem­ber strongly de­sires. This next year, Re­bekah McCarty will rep­re­sent the Re­serve FFA Chap­ter as the Dis­trict VI Trea­surer.

Through­out this next month, Re­bekah McCarty will go to the Dis­trict Of­fi­cer Train­ing and some of the other mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate in the New Mexico FFA Lead­er­ship Camp. The chap­ter would like to thank all of the sup­port­ers for help­ing the mem­bers get to all of these events so that we may rep­re­sent our town with pride.

From left to right Adrian Varela, Kay­den Mar­shall, Billy Baca, Isaic John­ston, Bren­don Goetz, Ben Fletcher, Cody Goetz, Mr. Marta, Re­bekah McCarty, Tay­lor Laney, Katherin McCarty, Cam­den Gan­ten­bein, Cheyenne Spencer, Brieanna McCormick, Poet James.

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