By The Telegram
The Holcomb FFA took 35 students to Dodge City recently to compete in the district Greenhand, Creed Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure and Ritual Contest.
With the par-law contest, students had to take a test over their knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and the second part was the presentation. The students had motions assigned to them when they went into the room. They had to make the required motion on their card plus an additional motion, and they needed to have four discussions within a 10-minute period. There are only six allowed on a team to do the presentation, and after the presentation, each student had a question relating to the motion that they had to make.
Overall, the senior team placed second, was awarded a plaque and qualified for the state competition in May. Members on the team were Nichole Seibel, Skylar Younkman, Andrew Walck, Bethany Pauley, Taylor Reynolds, Jo Jarnagin, and alternates were Gavin Swann and Lance Robertson. Overall on the Parliamentary procedure test, Seibel was first, Reynolds was second, Younkman was fifth, Pauley was eighth, and Jarnagin was 10th. The team was second overall and qualified for the state par-law contest.
The team also had students compete for the ritual contest. The students were judged on their knowledge of their assigned office. They also were judged as a team on their presentation. Seibel was master ritual president, and Tucker Turner was master ritual reporter. All of the students received a plaque for their performances.
Holcomb also took 23 students to the Greenhand Conference at Dodge City Community College, which provided insight into FFA's various activities. The conference was designed to motivate students to excel within the National FFA organization. More than 90 students from 13 Southwest District high schools participated in the conference.
Workshops were conducted by the SWD Officer Team members and FFA state officers, and included leadership, teamwork, potential contest opportunities in FFA, and Overcoming Obstacles in life. The theme for this year's conference was "The Olympics."
At the conference, Greenhands had to take a 50-question test over FFA information. Regan Roth placed first, Maggie Roth was fifth, and Tanner Mongeau was tied for eighth overall and Holcomb took first place in Greenhand information and was awarded a plaque. Holcomb also had two FFA Creed speakers place in the top 10. They were Regan Roth, who finished first and qualified for the state speaking contest, and Parker Ozburn was ninth overall.