Cedar Key’s FFA shows strong leadership

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The Cedar Key FFA chapter recently participated in the first round of Leadership Events and came out of the competition with some impressive placings.

In the first level of competition, called Sub-Districts, Cedar Key competed against Williston, Chiefland and Bronson FFA chapters

Sarah  Bartholemy competed in the high school Prepared Public Speaking contest with a speech about the plight of the family farm. Bartholemy placed first in her event.

In the Opening and Closing Ceremonies contest, middle school chapter officers demonstrated their ability to properly run meetings and answer questions about leadership. The team consists of: President MacKenzie Kirkbride, Vice President Emile Lavoie, Sentinel Grace Cowart, Secretary Casey Williams, Treasurer Terra Dunn, Reporter Amanda Robinson and Student Advisor Kelli Quinn. This team took top honors in the event.

Senior FFA member Caitlin Goss won the Extemporaneous Public Speaking event. This event gives the student only 20 minutes to prepare a six minute speech drawn out of a hat.

Also competing in Extemporaneous Speaking at the middle school level, Casey Williams placed second in her first attempt at this event. Williams is a first year FFA member.

MacKenzie Kirkbride also competed in the FFA Creed Speaking contest. The FFA Creed is a five paragraph speech about leadership and values FFA members are expected to live by. Kirkbride placed third in her event.

All of Cedar Key’s first place teams will advance to district competition in Fort White on Jan. 31. Those who win at the district will advance to the state finals in June. The teams are coached by Denny Voyles, FFA advisor in Cedar Key.