By Scott Haldeman
Every year hundreds of high school students, advisors, and guests from across the state of Delaware head to Newark for the annual FFA State Convention. The students compete at Career Development Events (CDEs), participate in workshops, and receive awards based on their performance in the FFA. A group of 39 students and 5 advisors represented the Milford FFA Chapter this year during the two day event held last week. The chapter did an outstanding job receiving many awards for their hard work over the past several months.
FFA members from Milford competed in many CDE’s including, Agriculture Sales, Creed Speaking, Milk Quality and Products, Floriculture, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Interview, Prepared Public Speaking, and Parliamentary Procedure.
The Milk Quality and Products team participates in a competition where individuals identify several types of cheeses, milk defects, determine dairy versus non-dairy products, score milker units for defects, as well as take a milk production test. The dairy team also participates in a team event. The team consists of Clay Shirey (1st individually), Amanda Grose, Liette Gillespie, and Melissa Blew (5th indidiually. The team placed 5th.
The Parliamentary Procedures is a team event where members conduct a professional business meeting in order to demonstrate their knowledge of parliamentary law. They debate on motions in a realistic way and record the meeting minutes. The team placed 1st and was made up of Shelby Jones, CJ Long
Trevor Maloney, Danielle Dean, Libby Seaman, and Casidhe Bruns.
Job Interview is an individual CDE that puts the students through a job search and interview process. The students first build a factual resume and cover letter for a career of their choice. They then fill out an employment application, go through a phone interview, a personal interview, and a follow up letter. Two Milford students participated in the contest, Bree Wilkins who placed 1st and Dana Dittoe who placed 2nd.
Floriculture is a team event where individuals identify 40 flower species, create a floral arrangement, go through a personal interview, identify pests and plant disorders, participate in a team activity related to floriculture, and take a test. The team consisted of Shannon Hollingsworth, Kaelin Corr (7th individually), Kari Corr, and Samantha Harris). The team placed 7th overall.
Prepared Public Speaking is an event where students research a topic, write, memorize and present a 6-8 minute speech. Brittany Webb was the Milford FFA member who participated and she placed 2nd.
Agriculture Sales is an event where they chose an agricultural product to sell and assigned a team event for selling another agricultural product to sell as a team. Mikaela Hermstedt (3rd individually), Joycelynn Johnson, Jowellene Pacarro, and Jennifer Fletcher made up the Milford team.
Creed Speaking is an event, which is where the individual takes on the responsibility of learning and memorizing the FFA Creed. The Creed is a five paragraph statement of the FFA beliefs and values. After presenting the Creed, members are asked questions about the meaning of the Creed and how it relates to their lives. The student that participates in this event must be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. Lacie Peters who placed 5th and Kaitlyn Schafer were the two Milford FFA members who competed.
Extemporaneous Speaking is an event in which the participants must pick a topic at the day of the contest and prepare a 4 to 6 minute speech based about the chosen agricultural related topic. They have 30 minutes to prepare for the speech once they have chosen their topic. Emily Carey who placed 2nd and
Angelica Torres were the two Milford members.
Meat judging (which occurs in late February) participants identify wholesale and retails cuts of meats and pork. They also have to place different classes of meat from best to worse. The team consisted of Heather Davis, Samantha Reynolds, Cameron Griffith, and Mason Torbert. The team placed 6th.
In addition to the CDEs, two Milford FFA members received awards for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAEs). Mikaela Hermstedt and Casidhe Bruns won a Proficiency Award. They each received a $250 check to go towards their SAE projects.
Wendy Hill, Bryce Kenton, Lyndsey Senn, Clay Shirey, and Brittany Webb were recognized by earning their State FFA Degrees, the highest award the state of Delaware can give an FFA member.
The first place team of Parliamentary Procedures, as well as Bree Wilkins for Job Interview will be traveling to Springfield, Mass. attending the Big E in September and to Indianapolis, Indiana to represent Delaware at the National FFA Convention in October! The Milford FFA advisors are Judith Bruns, Scott Haldeman, Scott Harris, Jack Newark, and Chris Stahl. They would like to congratulate all students that participated in this year’s convention for a job well done.