FFA Livestock Judging and Parli Pro
FFA Livestock Judging and Parli Pro
Posted on 04/10/2017
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Beef, swine, goats, and sheep; animals that Olympia FFA members have practiced judging for three weeks, all in preparation for the Section 9 Livestock Judging Career Development Event!  On Tuesday, April 4th, eleven Olympia FFA members competed at the contest.  Ashley Miller was our team’s top individual followed by Molly Schempp, Lane Miller, and Cavit Schempp.  Other participants included:  Sarah and Erin Zimmerman, Shelby Payne, Bree Abbott, Dawson Banister, Hannah Martin and Laura Rankin.  After a welcome, members received their score cards for the day.  They judged five placing classes by looking at the animals as they moved around the large pen.  While officials rotated animals in to the ring, FFA members judged three keep/cull classes using only the given data sheet, called an Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).  When junior, Bree Abbot was asked what her favorite thing about livestock judging is, she replied, “I like to judge the goat, beef, and data sheet classes.  Livestock are my passion.  I want to be a vet and therefore need to have as much experience as I can.  Anything with animals I would go to!”  The livestock judging team will compete again at the Lincoln Land Community College Livestock Judging CDE on April 20th in Springfield.  The top 5 Olympia FFA members will compete on April 28th at the State Livestock Judging Career Development Event at the University of Illinois. 

Olympia FFA advances to districts in Parliamentary Procedure!

“Is there any new business to come before us at this time?”  Those are the words that start ten minutes of making motions, discussions, and voting in a mock meeting.  Ten Olympia FFA members competed at the Section 9 Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Epvent (CDE) on Wednesday, April 5th.  The Varsity team members were Ashley Miller, Brock Gottschalk, Lane Miller, Molly Schempp, Cody Gibson, and team chairperson Nate Weihmeir.  Olympia’s Junior Varsity team consisted of Josh Kindred, Dawson Banister, Griffen Jodlowski, and chairperson Cavit Schempp.  Parliamentary procedure requires many practices for members to learn basic procedure, additional motions, and the many other details that are required to run an efficient meeting.  Participants are judged on their ability to make and discuss motions and answer questions about proper parliamentary procedure.  Olympia Senior, Nathan Weihmeir has been on a parliamentary procedure team for three years.  When asked why he wanted to compete in this CDE, he replied, “Being involved with parliamentary procedure has really helped me with being more vocal around people.”  Olympia FFA’s Varsity Parliamentary Procedure team brought home 1st place and will advance to districts on May 10th!  Nate Weihmeir was the top chairperson, Ashley Miller was 1st place Secretary, and Brock Gottschalk was the top floor member.