Marion/Florence FFA chapter officers placed second out of 26 teams at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference Friday, Dec. 6, at Arkan?sas City High School.
The conference consisted of competitions in three areas: parliamentary procedure, FFA information and ritual.
Marion placed third in parliamentary procedure, second in FFA information and seventh in the ritual contest.
Students competing in the parliamentary procedure contest were required to take a test, then perform a 10-minute demonstration of 10 different parliamentary motions.
This demonstration had to reflect a meeting in progress; participants found out which motions they had to demonstrate and their topic 1 minute before beginning the demonstration.
The FFA information contest consisted of a 100-question test over FFA organization, officers, history, official functions and current programs and awards. Students also were required to perform the opening ceremony used at FFA meetings and official functions.
Competing for Marion were Clint Kroupa, Alicia Maloney, Caitlyn Maloney, Nick Meyer, Raleigh Kroupa and Elizabeth Meyer. Individual results were not available at press time.
Marion students also compete in the South Central District Public Speaking Career Develop?ment Event.
Elizabeth Meyer earned first place in the junior division with a speech about the future of agriculture. Aidan Cairns placed ninth in the sophomore division with her speech about rural health care. Kaitlyn Goebel placed eighth in the freshman division with a speech about aquaculture.
Other freshmen competing were Nathan Baldwin and Ryan Cochran.
Nick Meyer placed first in the senior division with a prepared speech about cellulose-based ethanol, while Alicia Maloney received sixth place and Caitlyn Maloney eighth place in the senior division.
By placing first, Meyer qualified to go to the state public speaking CDE in May.
The South Central District FFA Creed Speaking CDE was Dec. 8. Aidan Cairns placed 10th for the Marion/Florence chapter. William Holt also competed. Only freshmen members are eligible to compete in the creed CDE.