ELFRIDA — Eight members of the Valley Union High School FFA attended the annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) held at the University of Arizona, June 6-8.
This conference holds the CDE’s Agriculture Issues, Newsletter, Chapter Display, Scrapbook, Conduct of Meetings, Agricultural Education, Agriscience, Parliamentary Procedure, Exempteraneous Speaking, and Prepared Public Speaking.
This year the Elfrida chapter had a Parliamentary Procedure team, proficiency winners, and won an award for National Chapter Applications.
Parliamentary Procedure: Every year the SLC holds a competition called Parliamentary Procedure. This LDE (leadership development event) is where the participants are judged on how well they can conduct an official FFA meeting. This year’s Parliamentary Procedure team from the Elfrida chapter consisted of Audra Stinson, Rebekah Clause-Walker, Adriana Raber, Hailey Smith, Ally Bolander, and Emely Cuevas. The team tied for third overall.
Proficiency winners: Students in FFA can complete proficiency applications in 53 areas of SAE’s (supervised agricultural experience) and submit the application to enter a competition to win a proficiency award at SLC.
The Elfrida chapter had two winners last year: Sydney White and Ethan Goodlett. Sydney won first place in Agriculture Communications and Ethan received first in Dairy Production.
National Chapter Award: FFA chapters all around the United States can submit an application representing their chapter’s accomplishments. It is a great way to show what their chapter does for chapter operations, community development, and so many other key aspects to a great FFA chapter. For a chapter to be eligible to apply they must have completed 15 activities that meet at least one of five standards for each activity.
Elfrida’s FFA chapter worked hard on the application for the 2018-2019 school year. These countless hours of hard work paid off, as the chapter received the Gold Chapter award. This states that this chapter is among the top eight chapters in the state.
This year’s Elfrida FFA chapter officers are: Audra Stinson, president; Rebekah Claus-Walker, vice president; Adriana Raber, secretary; Hailey Smith, treasurer; Zachary Luce, sentinel; Brooke White, reporter, and Valerie De La Cruz, historian.