Spring marked not only several Regional FFA Team Contests but also the Scholastic Career Development events. The Elkins High School FFA competed in several of them and came out with impressive placings.
The Scholastic Contests took place in Pendleton County. Dakota Pritt earned second place in the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE. The contest involves a student picking a card at random with an agriculture subject on it. They then have 30 minutes to research (using only the 20 items they have brought with them) and to write and practice the speech. Judges score them on presentation, length of speech and facts used. They are asked questions about the subject after the speech is given.
"It's definitely not a contest for the faint of heart," Wendy Thurston, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, said. "There is no real way to prepare for it since the FFA member has no idea what the subject will be about before picking the card."
Jared Beard, soil scientist from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, presented the EHS FFA Landjudging Team the third place certificate. Pictured are Jimmy Jester, Kris Cooper, Hailey Collins, Dakota Pritt and Jared Beard.
Shown are Dakota Pritt, second place in extemporaneous speaking, Cheyenne Butcher, second place in upper class creed, and Wendy Thurston, FFA advisor.
Cheyenne Butcher represented EHS in the Upper Classman Creed CDE and earned Second Place as well. It was her first FFA contest.
"I was so proud of her," Thurston continued. "She was really nervous, but did a great job. She is good at speaking."
The EHS FFA Landjudging and Homesite Evaluation Team placed third in Regional competition. The team consisted of Kris Cooper, Dakota Pritt, Jimmy Jester and Hailey Collins.
"This year we had an experienced team. All of them have been to the contest before except for Kris, who I hope will continue on the team," Thurston stated. The contest was in Grant County this year.