Milbank FFA Chapter “takes a step” to state competition

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The Milbank FFA Chapter had FFA members qualify in 8 different FFA leadership areas at the District I FFA, which was held on November 8. The Milbank FFA members placed in Senior Conduct of Meetings, Junior Conduct of Meetings, Agriculture Issue, Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and District Officer Interviews. The Milbank FFA members will now participate at the State FFA Leadership Career Development Event at Pierre on December 4-5. The FFA members placing first at the State FFA Leadership will represent South Dakota at the National FFA Convention in October.

The Milbank Senior FFA Officer Conduct of Meeting, placed 1st, Gold, in the Senior Conduct of Meeting Career Development Event. In the event, the FFA officers must take a test over parliamentary procedure; which includes how to conduct a meeting and how various motions are used. Each FFA officer team then must perform a mock meeting with a 15 minute time limit, with a specific topic in front of a group of judges, who selected the topic from a given list. Each FFA Officer must perform a given parliamentary procedure ability and then perform a second ability on their own. After the meeting, the judges then ask each officer a question dealing with their specific motion. This year Milbank Senior FFA Officer team is leaded by: President-Trevor Schmidt; Vice President-Magally (Kimberly) Aburto; Secretary-Claire Mischel; Treasurer-Chase Pinkert; Reporter-Sarah Jarman; Sentinel-Nathan Loutsch and Student Advisor-Kadon Leddy.

The Junior Conduct of Meeting group, consisting of Greenhand FFA members, place 2nd, Silver at the District I event. For the Junior Conduct of Meeting event, each team conducts a 15-minute meeting, with a specific topic selected by the judgers. Each FFA member is assigned to perform specific parliamentary procedure ability. The Milbank FFA Junior Conduct of Meeting team is made up of President–Cassidy Christians; Vice President—Joe Harstad; Secretary—Eric Van Sambeek; Treasurer—Chaeli Parsley; Reporter—Jackson McFaden; Sentinel—Tori Hooth; Student Advisor—Alex Farrell and alternate Kaitlyn Schmidt.

The Agriculture Issue team placed 1st at the District I FFA event. The purpose of the Agricultural Issues Career Development Event is to provide an opportunity for FFA members to select, research, plan, and present an agricultural issue that is of local nature, but with a national focus. This year topic deals with the pros and cons of Wind Power. The team is made up of Magally (Kimberly) Aburto, Caro Klettke, Tanner Kettwig, Koben Huber, Moritz Wortmann, Kellie Christians and Sara Capp.

In the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event, Kadon Leddy place 1st , Gold. FFA members presented their speeches in front of a panel of judges, who after the speech asked specific questions about the topic.

In the Extemporaneous Speech Contest, Kadon Leddy, placed 1st, Gold; Nathan Loutsch alternate. The Extemporaneous Speech Career Development Event is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express himself or herself on a given agricultural related subject without having prepared or rehearsed its content in advance. Therefore, causing FFA members to formulate their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time giving them an excellence opportunity to think on their feet. Members have to prepare a 5-minute presentation on a current agricultural issue in 30 minutes. The topics are unknown to the FFA members until they draw a specific topic for their speech when they start preparing. The FFA members then must present their speech to a panel of judges.

Magally (Kimberly) Aburto was elected 2016-2017 District I President and Claire Mischel was elected District I Sentinel. Magally and Claire will represent the District I at the State Legislative Breakfast in January and assist with the FFA Petting Zoo at the State Fair.

The FFA Chapters of District I participating in the Career Development Event were: Milbank, Webster, Groton, Clark, Sisseton, Wilmot, Deuel, Florence, Doland and Watertown.

Jerry Janisch is the Milbank Agriculture Education Instructor/FFA Advisor.