Nine B-R FFA Students Competed in LDE's
The B-R FFA Chapter had 9 students compete in Leadership Development Events (LDE's) at the Nielsen Center in West Point on Wednesday, November 15th. This is one of our toughest competitions of the year. Our district (17 schools: Arlington, B-R, Blair, LV, L-D, Mead, NBC, O-C, Omaha Bryan, Ralston, SS, TH, Wayne, West Point, Winside, Wisner-Pilger) was tough. Multiple judges commented on the depth of quality speakers in their rooms.
B-R students competing included Reed Tremayne, Tucker Siebrandt, and Daltyn Hansen in reciting the FFA Creed. This is a 5 paragraph memorized creed only open to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. There were over 30 students competing for the top 3 which advance to state. The crazy thing about FFA is, after memorizing their speeches, there is only 1 competition... if they qualify for state they do not give it again until April!.
Participants in Junior and Senior Public Speaking were Aaliyah Soll (Jr.), Alix Noling (Sr.), and Jordyn Siebrandt (Sr.). These ladies gave persuasive style speeches on Concussions and Helmet Promotion in Barrel Racing, Therapy Dogs in Schools, and Ag Gag Laws, respectively. Lorelei Martin gave a Cooperative Speech. This is a special category involving cooperative business structures. Her topic was her experiences at CVA. Baylor Buetler performed in the Natural Resources category. Her speech persuaded people to Focus on Native Bees vs. Honeybees. Cora Cooney competed in Employment Skills. She provided a cover letter, resume, references, competed in an interview, and wrote a follow up letter.
This was the first time ever competing in a speaking event for Reed, Tucker, Daltyn, Aaliyah, and Lorelei, and a first in their event for Jordyn and Cora. They had a great day with almost everyone placing Blue, one Red, and Baylor with a Purple! Although no one made state this year, I am so impressed with how many students we had that gave public speaking a shot. B-R is definitely developing Leaders!