Sturgis FFA members headed to national competition

Tim Potts Meade County Times-Tribune
Farm Forum

Bridger and Danika Gordon both are headed to the National FFA competition in Indianapolis following their first place finishes at the State Leadership Career Development Events on Dec. 4-5.

Bridger competed in Prepared Public Speaking, his speech topic was “GMO Foods: Let’s Label Them.” Gordon chose the topic GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) because it is a very controversial topic in agriculture, and he conducted research and put a new twist on the topic. Gordon commented “with GMO labeling, the food industry will have to adapt to it as it may cost approximately one penny per food product for the labeling.” GMO’s research suggests the food products are safe, but people should have the choice and make the decision for themselves. Gordon’s speech could be up to 8 minutes on any agriculture oriented topic followed by five minutes of questioning. There were 21 individuals in the competition. Bridger is a junior and currently serves as both the chapter vice president and District 5 vice president.

Danika Gordon is a freshman and she also competed in a pool of 21 speakers in the State FFA Creed Speaking competition and took top honors. Gordon said, “Creed Speaking is only for freshman, so I thought it would be a great competition to start with.”

FFA members and chapters were recognized for their success in 11 leadership areas with Sturgis winning two of them at the Pierre competition.

Brett Monson said winning two State FFA events is historical as Sturgis has only had four first place winners since 1978. Winning 1st in Agronomy in 1978, Sandra Olson in Job Interview in 1990, Range Plan ID team in 1990, Ag Sales in 1992 and Bridger Gordon for FFA Creed Speaking in 2014.