On January 23, 2016, thirteen members of the Buhach Colony FFA competed in the Super Saturday speaking contest that was held at Merced Junior College. Individuals competed in the Creed, Job Interview and Prepared Public Speaking contests.
Those that competed in the creed contest were responsible for memorizing all five paragraphs of the FFA creed to recite in front of a panel of judges, before going through a three minute round of questions pertaining to the creed and its meaning. The FFA creed is important for members to be familiar with as it outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agriculture industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The purpose of the Creed speaking contest is not only to develop the public speaking skills of 9th grade FFA members, but to instill upon them the importance of agriculture in our world. Buhach Colony FFA had five freshmen that competed in the FFA Creed contest including; Gauge McMullen, Kilee Carrera-Gillard, Mason Reel, Amanda Williams, Olivia Ledesma. The Creed contest consists of two rounds of competition where you have to perform in the top 16 to be able to make it on to compete in the final round. Mason Reel and Amanda Williams were both awarded a spot in the final round of competition and Mason ended up placing 9th overall and Amanda 10th. Creed Competitor Kilee Carrera-Gillard said, “Even though I didn’t make it to the final round, the skills I learned by competing in the creed contest have helped me improve my public speaking skills.”
Down the hall, in the Job Interview contest, individuals are to prepare a written cover letter and resume then complete a given job application in the allotted amount of time before going through a verbal interview with a panel of judges. During the interview, contestants are asked questions based on the mock agricultural job they were applying for. Four contestants represented our chapter in the contest including; Kelsey Coane, Tiffanie Underwood, Jose Medina III and Cheyenne Brown. In the largest competing contest of the day, contestants must go through a qualifying round of competition before being chosen to compete in the final round. We are proud to say that three of the four competitors, Kelsey, Tiffanie and Cheyenne all scored high enough to earn their spot in the final round. In the end, Kelsey earned a 3rd place finish, Tiffanie 5th place and Cheyenne 6th place. As the top 4 contestants in the contest will advance to the next round of competition, the regional finals, we wish Kelsey Coane good luck! Job Interview contestant, Jose Medina III, stated “I have learned so much through competing in the job interview contest, skills that will help me as I apply for jobs in the future.”
Finally, both Madison and Maggie Homen took top honors in the Prepared Public Speaking contest, where contestants were to write a 6-8 minute speech on a national agriculture topic before going through a five minute round of questioning from a panel of judges pertaining to their topic. Of the thirteen total competitors from various schools within the Merced Mariposa FFA Section, Madison Homen was the 2nd high individual and Maggi Homen the 3rd high individual. Both will be moving on to the next round of competition, at the regional level, on February 11th at Pitman High School. Other Prepared Speaking contestants from BCHS were Kristina Ramos and Madison Murphy.
To round out the day, twelve Buhach Colony FFA members also qualified to receive their State FFA Degrees. This is the highest degree given by the State FFA and is awarded to those who have developed, maintained, improved and kept accurate records of their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects. Students receiving this award will be formally recognized at a special awards ceremony on March 21st in Turlock. Those being recognized should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to attaining the highest degree one can achieve in the FFA program, the American FFA Degree! Congrats to all who competed or earned State Degrees! BCHS FFS - AWESOME JOB!
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