Otsego FFA has successful start to 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:58
Otsego FFA has successful start to 2013 The Otsego FFA Chapter a satellite program of Penta Career Center has been active earning degrees, participating in career development events and conducting activities.

Five FFA members participated in the Wood County Public Speaking contest that was hosted at Elmwood High School.

In the Creed Speaking contest Annie Barnhart placed first. She had to recite and present the 5-paragraph FFA Creed and answer three minutes of questions. She advanced the to district contest which was held at Penta Career Center, where she placed third overall in the district.

Sara Caris and Caroline Battin both competed in the county beginning prepared public speaking contest. Caris' speech was titled "Agricultural Feeding the Economy" and Battin's speech was titled "Eat local, Eat Right."

Their speeches had to be from five to seven minutes in length and be an agriculture topic. Caris placed second and Battin placed third in the county, Caris advanced to the district contest. At the district contest, she placed second overall and now will advance to the state level in March.

Courtney Garrett competed in the prepared public speaking contest. Her speech had to be six to eight minutes in length and be an agricultural related topic. Garrett placed second overall in the county.

In the extemporaneous contest Bill Potter placed first overall in the county. Potter advanced to the district level where he placed fifth. Potter had to choose a speech topic from a jar, then had 30 minutes to write his speech before presenting it to the judges. An extemporaneous speech has to be four to six minutes long.

Seven Otsego FFA members also competed in the county job interview contest. Each member had to apply for a job by creating and submitting a cover letter and resume as well as complete a job application, participate in an interview and then write a follow up letter.

In Division One (for freshman only), Dalton Walls and MacKenzie Wenig completed. Wenig placed first and advanced to districts where she earned fourth overall. Walls placed fifth in the county. In Division Two (sophomores) Caris and Caroline Battin competed. Caris placed second and Battin placed third. Caris advanced to the district level and placed second overall. In the third division (juniors), Alex Vollmar and Brandon Bailey completed, they placed fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Four FFA members completed the 13-page State FFA Degree application and submitted in at the district level for approval. Members who applied for their State FFA Degree were: Alex Vollmar, Jon Weihl, Brandon Bailey, and Ben Thomas. Their applications must still be approved by the state.

Also at district evaluation Bill Potter applied for a proficiency in the area of emerging agriculture technology for his variable rate grid soil sampling business, Bill Potter Ag Consulting. Potter's application was approved and sent onto the state for further evaluation. Three officers submitted their officer books for evaluation.

The chapter Secretary, Miranda Garmenn, prepared her secretary book which had to include names of all chapter, state, and national FFA officers, minutes of meeting, a record of attendance for FFA activities as well as incoming and outgoing mail. Garmenn earned a perfect score and a gold rating.

Treasurer, Allen Limes, prepared and submitted his treasurer book and received a perfect score as well as a gold rating. His book had to include a chapter budget, inventory list, a record of dues paying members, and a record of receipts and disbursements.

The chapter Reporter, April Michaelis, worked many hours in creating our chapter's scrapbook, which had to include at least 80 pictures with descriptions, other memorable items and newspaper articles. Michaelis earned a perfect score and gold rating.

Limes, Michaelis and Garmenn all will be honored at our district banquet for having first place officer books. These members will also be honored at the state FFA Convention in May.


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