By Carley Blanchard
The Future Farmers of America, or FFA, recently participated in The State Legislative Leadership Conference, and the Public Speaking competition.
The SLLC was held at the Sheraton hotel in Hershey, PA. Its purpose was to teach students about the legislative process and how to run official meetings. It included a dance and breakfast with other FFA officials from chapters all over the state.
The members were separated into four groups where they learned about the legislative process, online safety, went over bills, and how to run an official meeting. The members were also taught the appropriate etiquette for legislative meetings. FFA members hope that by learning these skills they can run their own meetings later on.
“I would definitely say that everything that I’ve learned throughout the FFA will help me when I’m older,” said junior Jacklyn Henshaw, historian for the FFA. “I encourage underclassmen to join because it is fun and a chance to broaden your horizons”, said senior Samuel Bacon, student advisor for the FFA.
The FFA is also preparing for the next round in their public speaking competition. Junior Jacklyn Henshaw came in first and sophomore Rebecca Parsons came in second place for the Extemporaneous category. The Extemporaneous category is where a student is given a limited time period to prepare for their speech.
Junior Kayleigh Ness came in third for the Senior Prepared speech, where she had written an essay and then presented it.
Senior Stephanie Gerver came in third for the Conservation category.
The latest round in the competition was held on Apr. 4.