Members of the Caledonia FFA Chapter competed at the district leadership skills contests at Saranac High School on Monday, February 7th. Students who moved on then competed at regional contests on Wednesday, February 16th at Lowell High School.
To advance to regionals, a team/individual needs to place first or second at the district competition. Accomplishing this individually were Carly VanderRoest (9th) in Creed Speaking, Lydia Hilton (10th) in Prepared Public Speaking, Kendra Lloyd (12th) in Job Interview and Carolyn Maddox (12th) in Extemporaneous Speaking. Qualifying as teams for Caledonia were both Ag Issues teams, the Greenhand Conduct team, the Parliamentary Procedure team, and the Demonstration team.
All of the events involve leadership and public speaking skills, and everyone has spent each FFA class period since the end of first semester practicing for competition day. “We have practiced for this day for months,” said senior Canton Clark.
Just like at districts, a person or group has to get first or second place in their event to advance from regionals onto states. Succeeding in this from CHS was Carly VanderRoest (9th), the Greenhand Conduct team, and the Parli Pro team, who all got 2nd in their respective events.
“We have gotten third at regionals each of the past three years. This year was finally different, fourth time’s the charm I guess,” said senior Cooper Sorsen, a member of the Parliamentary Procedure team.
The state competitions will be held at the Michigan FFA State Convention at Michigan State University from March 9th to the 11th. It is the first time in many years that the Caledonia FFA has sent multiple teams/individuals to states.