On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Eagle Point FFA took a group of 24 students to Klamath Falls to compete in the 2014 District Leadership Career Development Event (CDE) contest. In this contest Eagle Point members competed with other FFA members from around the district with their CDEs of choice. There were contests for Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Co-op Quiz. At least two members representing Eagle Point FFA competed in every contest provided; this represented an all-time high and increases in membership are expected to go up in the years to come.
Advanced Parliamentary Procedure started the contest off. Representing Eagle Point were Cole Johnston, Katelyn Helton, Kinsey Ayres, Taelor Thompson, Myra Rademacher, and Haylee Crowe, who placed fourth overall. After the advanced competition was the Beginning Parliamentary Procedure competition. Eagle Point’s beginning team consisted entirely of first year FFA members: Alec Thorton, Dakotah Cantamessa, Gabby Anderson, Mackenzie Harkama, Jozie Reid, and Seth Dorr who placed first overall and will be moving on to sectionals. During the Parliamentary Procedure contest, the Job Interview contest began that had Elle Rohde and Lexi Kaiser competing as sophomores in a typically senior driven contest.
Next was the Co-op quiz in which Ben Drach and Brooklynn Hoy competed. And during the entire contest Eagle Point had public speakers giving their speeches on an agriculture related topic. With many people competing in public speaking, the contest was fairly long. For Beginning Public Speaking, a contest for first year members only, Eagle Point had Nashay Gonzales and Katelyn Hart who placed second and will be moving on to sectionals. The other first year members only event was Creed Speaking. Creed Speaking is where the student memorizes the FFA Creed and presents it to the judges. Mackenzie Harkama and Gabby Anderson represented Eagle Point FFA in Creed Speaking, and Gabby Anderson placed first and will be moving on to sectionals.
In Sophomore Public Speaking Eagle Point’s Taelor Thompson and Kinsey Ayres competed. In Advanced Public Speaking Eagle Point’s Fiona Nevin placing fourth and Ryan Gifford as a sophomore placed first and will be moving on to sectionals. Last, but certainly not least, was Extemporaneous Public Speaking; a CDE that requires a student to research a variety of agricultural related topics, and then pull from a hat which topic the student will be giving a speech on. The student then has thirty minutes to write about that topic. Myra Rademacher competed in the often feared event, and placed second as a sophomore and will be moving on to sectionals.
Congratulations to all 24 members who worked so hard for such a great outcome. Eagle Point FFA had a successful District CDE contest with 10 members moving on to sectionals!