Penn Yan FFA students win district leadership contests

Sean Murphy
Penn Yan FFA students who participated in the District Leadership contests are (from left) front: Katie Kriese, Garrett Warren, Danielle Fulkrod, J. J. Warren, Scott Fingar, Emily Fingar; back: Brendaya Parsons, Brittany Griffin, Clayton Kriese, Sean Murphy, Mark Kicher, Alison Hamm, Sabrina Parsons, Josh Conley, Maren Anderson, Chris Conley, FFA Advisor John Kriese.

On Saturday, March 5, 15 students from the Penn Yan Chapter of FFA expanded their leadership skills by competing in the District 8 Leadership Contests, which were hosted by the Jasper-Troupsburg Central School.  The winners of the contests are as follows:

Employment  interview

The students who competed in the employment interview had to create a cover letter, a resume, a follow-up letter and be able to interview over the phone and face- to-face with the employer (a judge). The standings for the students who  competed in the employment interview in the Penn Yan area are: First Place, Brittany Griffin; Second place, Mark Kicher; Third place, Maren Anderson. Chris Conley and Josh Conley were in the top 10.

Extemporaneous Speech

Senior: Students who competed in the senior extemporaneous speech had to prepare a three- to four-minute-long speech with some relevant sources from the internet or from a textbook . The standing for the senior extemporaneous speech is: First place, Sean Murphy.

Junior : The junior extemporaneous speech had the same rules as the senior speech, but the junior level is held for middle school students and the senior was held for students in the high school. The standings for the students who competed in the junior extemporaneous speech are: First place, J.J. Warren; Third place, Sabrina Parsons.

Senior Prepared Speech

Students who compete in the senior prepared speech have to be in the high school. The competitors are expected to prepare an eight- to 10- minute-long speech prior to the contest. They have to be able to present their speech to various judges and understand their topic in depth to be able to answer questions the judges may ask. The standing for the Penn Yan competitor in the senior prepared speech is: Third place, Brendaya Parsons.

People in Agriculture

Students competing in this contest must research a career of their choice, create a poster containing information about that career, how it relates to agriculture, and present it to judges and be able to answer questions about their topic. The standings for the students who competed in the people in agriculture contest are: First place, Emily Fingar; Second place, Katie Kriese; Fourth place, Garret Warren.

FFA Creed

Students who competed in the FFA creed contest are expected to memorize and recite the FFA creed in front of the judges. The standings for the students that competed in the FFA creed contest are:  First place, Scott Fingar; Second place, Alison Hamm; Third place, Danielle Fulkrod.

The substate competition will be held at Penn Yan Academy on April 2.