Spring 2014 South Central District Leadership Day Showcases FFA Student Accomplishments

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

COOLIDGE, Ariz. - The Spring 2014 Future Farmers of America (FFA) South Central District Leadership Day was recently held at Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus. More than 60 students participated in competitions that tested their abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. While some events allow students to compete individually, others allow them to participate as a team.

At the CAC event, students competed in contests including agricultural issues, conduct of meetings, extemporaneous speaking, parliamentary procedures, and prepared speaking.

FFA Field Days provide an opportunity for FFA members to showcase the skills they have been learning in the classroom by applying those ideas to real-world situations. Those who excel at the local level earn the chance to compete at the state and potentially, at the national level.

Following is a listing of the leadership day winners:

Agriculture Issues
Team Rankings
1st Coolidge (Gabby Allred, Jacob Barton, Garrett Schumacher and Charisma Quiroz)

Conduct of Meetings
Team Rankings
1st Pima Jted (McKenzie Bernal, Alex Burdett, Christian DiAnna, Anisa Hermosillo, Connor Mortosavi, Lily
Smith, Austin Torres)
2nd Casa Grande A (Chase Hubbard, Mariah Lara, Jasmine Loefice, Trey Nowlin, Guierrmo Pinon, Victoria
Schoemaker and Cole Whisenhunt)
3rd Coolidge (Derek Bresee, Hayden Brinkerhoff, Brianna Castro, Lisa June, Megan Key, Justin Maqua and
Kara Moore)

Extemporaneous Speaking
Individual Rankings
1st Desiree Curran
2nd Erik Kolsrud
3rd Sam Pernu

Parliamentary Procedure
Team Rankings
1st Casa Grande A (Kori Batina, Kacie Bayness, Bailey LaFrance, Megan McWherter, Jocelyn Pinon and
Shelby Wood)
2nd Pima Jted (Everest Berggren, Sarah Knight, Catherine Kolsrud, Meghan Marner, Sam Pernu and Miriam
Solinsky)
3rd Casa Grande B (Carlos Brown, Morgan Hatten, Dirk Smith, Ellie Travis and Georgia Whitehead)

Prepared Speaking
Individual Ranking
1st Jade Katz, Imagine Prep
2nd Erich Powell, Coolidge

The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with the mission of preparing future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. In 1988, the official name was changed to "The National FFA Organization" to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.

Today, 579,678 FFA members, ages 12-21 throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are developing their own unique talents and exploring their interests in a broad range of career pathways.

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