New England FFA navigates through busy two weeks

The past two weeks have been very busy for the New England FFA chapter. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, District Leadership was held in Dickinson. District Leadership is a day filled with tons of various FFA events, and 11 dedicated students took the day off of school to go compete.

By EVE STERNER
FFA Reporter

The past two weeks have been very busy for the New England FFA chapter. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, District Leadership was held in Dickinson. District Leadership is a day filled with tons of various FFA events, and 11 dedicated students took the day off of school to go compete. If you ask any of the students that participated, they’ll tell you it’s a day filled with fun and friendly competition.

To say in the least, we were very successful.

The Greenhand Quiz team consisting of Emily Dinius, Hadley Binstock, Micheal Frank, and Bobby Prince earned a silver award. Individually, Emily earned a silver award, Hadley earned a bronze award, Micheal earned a silver award, and Bobby earned a bronze award. In Senior Quiz, the team consisting of Levi Stegner, Harry Kirschemann, Monica Hibl, and Devin Wert earned a silver award. Individually, Levi earned a gold award and placed first overall, Harry earned a gold award, Monica was a participant, and Devin earned a bronze award. Emily Ehlis earned a gold award, placed second, and state qualified in Prepared Public Speaking. I placed third and earned a gold award in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Emily Dinius earned a bronze award in Creed Speaking. I placed second, earned a gold award, and state qualified in Demonstration. Carter Stang earned a silver award in Job Interview. The Parliamentary Procedure team consisting of Levi Stegner (president), Monica Hibl (vice president), Devin Wert (secretary), Emily Ehlis (treasurer), Harry Kirschemann (sentinel), and me (reporter) placed first, earned a gold award, and state qualified. Individually, Levi earned a gold award and president of the day, Monica earned a gold award, Devin earned a silver award, Emily earned a gold award and treasurer of the day, Harry earned a gold award and Sentinel of the day, and I earned a gold award.

Most state qualifiers will compete at the State FFA Convention in June; however, the Parliamentary Procedure team competed the following Wednesday on Oct. 5. The state contest was held in The Capital Building in Bismarck. On Monday, Oct. 3, we learned that the Sentinel couldn’t make it due to unfortunate circumstances, so we had to draft in a last minute replacement. Luckily, Braden Rayhorn was able to fulfill his position. We were all very grateful that he was willing to put in the extra work and give it 110 percent. I’m not lying when I say Braden rose to the occasion and did a phenomenal job. I’m also happy to announce that our team didn’t do too bad ourselves. We earned a silver award and placed top eight in the state. This is the best New England has done in years!

The seniors were sad to see their Parliamentary Procedure career come to a finish, but we all know that they have very bright futures ahead of them. Personally, I’m slightly relieved to have all of the Fall FFA events out of the way. This is mostly because these past couple weeks have consisted of early morning FFA practices almost every day, and I think we all need to catch up on a little sleep. We will have until January to get some side-snoozing in, because January is the start of Winter FFA events including: Agronomy, Ag Sales, and Livestock Judging.

So until January, goodnight!

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