The Plymouth FFA Chapter traveled to Warsaw HS on March 11, 2014 to compete in the Parliamentary Procedure Chapter Meeting Career Development Event (CDE). A total of 9 members attended including Sarah Lindvall, Lauren Goddard, Lilly Bottorff, Garrett Fox, Makayla Fox, Jason Slonaker, Tucker Pletcher, Kaitlyn Hollar and Emily Denney. Seven area FFA chapters competed with Plymouth FFA taking 4th place.  The purpose of the Parliamentary Procedure Chapter Meeting CDE is to have FFA members demonstrate procedures of a chapter meeting, including opening ceremonies, order of business, and closing ceremonies.  Students must use parliamentary procedure to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting, demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary law, present a logical, realistic, and convincing discussion, and record accurate minutes.

The Plymouth FFA also competed in the District 2 FFA Leadership CDE Convention on March 19, 2014 at Caston HS.  Many leadership and career development events were offered with Makayla Fox earning 2nd place in Horticulture & Landscape Management Demonstration, Sarah Lindvall earning 3rd place in Plant and Soil Science Demonstration, and Lilly Bottorff and Makayla Fox placed 2nd in the Agriculture Mechanics and Technology Demonstration.  Makayla Fox also participated in the Animal Science Demonstration.  The purpose of these demonstrations is to research various areas of agriculture to effectively develop an educational demonstration, efficiently demonstrate knowledge in the specific agriculture area, teach agriculture skills in a step-by-step/ how to process, and build upon public speaking skills.

Also at the District 2 FFA Leadership CDE Convention, Emily Denney participated in the Persuasive Essay CDE.  In this career development event, FFA members demonstrate their knowledge and written communication skills through the development of an essay.  FFA members creatively write manuscripts expressing their point of view on current agricultural issues, use grammar, spelling, and writing skills properly, use current technology to research and type the composition, and use APA format to create the essay and a work cited page.

Daniel Vegso and Macy Warren also competed in the FFA Quiz Bowl CDE which allow freshmen and sophomore FFA members to answer FFA and general agriculture questions.  Students also gain knowledge as young members to carry with them through their high school career and understand the history and principles of the FFA.

The Leadership Career Development Event Program recognizes excellence in leadership development.  The program rewards FFA members for exceptional accomplishments in progressing toward specific career objectives in the agriculture industry.  FFA members develop and enhance their communication, critical and analytical thinking, decision-making, and presentation skills.  Through leadership career development events and other leadership training, the FFA encourages students to maximize their development and potential to contribute to the agriculutre industry and to our local and global communities.

FFA is a national organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of over 540,379 high school students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Though participation in these Career Development Events, FFA members are “Bringing out the leader in you.”

For more information, please contact Jacob Riley Plymouth High School FFA Advisor or Lauren Goddard Plymouth FFA Chapter Reporter.

The Plymouth FFA Chapter will also  have their awards banquet on Thursday, May 15 at 7pm in the Plymouth HS cafeteria.

From left to right  Daniel Vegso, Makayla Fox, Macy Warren, Sarah Lindvall, Emily Denney, Lilly Bottorff at District 2 Career Development event.

Makayla Fox and her award for 2nd place in her Horticulture and landscaping demonstration at career development event.

Sarah Lindvall, Makayla Fox, Garret Fox, Lilly Bottorff, Jason Slonaker, Kaitlyn Hollar, Emily Denney, Lauren Goddard, Tucker Pletcher at Warsaw HS for Parliamentary Procedure.


By: Lauren Goddard, Plymouth FFA Chapter Reporter