Marion-Florence officers 3rd at FFA conference

Officers of the Marion-Florence FFA chapter placed third overall at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference Nov. 6 at Arkansas City High School.

The conference consisted of three competitions in the areas of parliamentary procedure, leadership information and ritual.

Marion placed second in parliamentary procedure, fourth in the FFA information contest, and sixth in the ritual contest. These rankings combined to give the chapter third place overall in a field of 38 teams in the South Central District.

Students competing in the parliamentary procedure contest were required to take a test over parliamentary procedure and then perform a 10-minute demonstration of 10 different parliamentary motions.

The demonstration had to reflect a meeting in progress, and participants found out which motions they had to demonstrate and their topic exactly one minute before beginning the demonstration.

The leadership information contest consisted of a 100-question test over the agricultural industry, the FFA organization, officers, history, official functions and current programs and awards.

Students in the ritual contest were required to perform the opening ceremony used at FFA meetings and official functions.

By placing second in the parliamentary procedure leadership development event, the Marion-Florence chapter qualified for state competition in May at the state FFA convention.

Students competing for Marion were Carley StapleĀ­ford, Antone Vinduska, Austin Neufeld, Devin Soyez, Shelby Cairns and Cassie Meyer.