O’Connor FFA students win state honors

This past weekend the O’Connor FFA had two teams at the State FFA Leadership Development Contests. Katherine Reiley placed 2nd in the Creed Speaking competition and the Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team won first place and will represent the state of Texas at the National FFA Contest. Teammates include: Elizabeth Barnett, Cade Burkholder, Jacob Clay, Brittney Haby, Riley Lockwood, Katherine Reiley and Samantha Wright.

According to the FFA, the Parliamentary Procedure Team learns how to conduct efficient meetings and build their communication skills.

This contest challenges a team of seven students from one chapter to demonstrate correct use of FFA opening and closing ceremonies. Students will learn to communicate and participate effectively as a team while growing skills in effective decision making.

Members assume various officer duties (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, sentinel and advisor) during the event presentation that is evaluated by a team of judges. Additionally, each participant is challenged by a written exam about officer duties, meeting room preparation and parliamentary procedure.

“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds…”  The Creed Speaking contest recognizes FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed from memory.  At the conclusion of the recitation participants are asked three questions related to the creed.

The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s values and beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership, and citizenship and patriotism. Students participating in the Creed Speaking LDE learn to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner and build self-confidence.

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