Dozens of Elma High School FFA students competed in five different team leadership events at District 3 FFA Leadership competition on March 27 in Centralia and won all of them. Additionally, Shelby Felder captured first place in extemporaneous speaking.
The top-three placings in each event will advance to the state level and compete with eight other district contenders at the State FFA Convention from May 14 through 18 in Pullman.
Members delivered self-composed speeches, worked in team-building competitions, debated using parliamentary law and more. District champions were achieved in the following leadership contests: parliamentary procedure, agricultural sales, agricultural issues, marketing plan, novice parliamentary procedure and extemporaneous speaking.
Three teams of six captured the top three placings in parliamentary procedure. Students demonstrated their parliamentary law knowledge and debated FFA business. Team members included: Tara Frame, Logan Hieronymus, Mac Miller, Marie Geiger, Rylie Mansuetti, Morgan Jump, Jacob Borden, Cesar Cavero, Connor Wolfe, Ben Borden, Jacob Perez, Nate Mueller, Haley Goodwin, Wyatt Gray, Morgan Rockey, Paige Kershaw, Mikayla Smith and Joseph Palmer. The freshman novice parliamentary procedureu team also captured first place. President Jarod Hasselgren led Alexus McCombs, Kortney Bailey, Payton Conrad, Rebeca Moreno and Kaylee Rambo.
Morgan Rockey led the varsity agricultural sales team to a first-place win along with Paige Kershaw, Colby Trusty and Mikayla Smith. Second place went to the junior varsity team: Connor Wolfe, Paola Luna, Jacob Borden and Tiana Cox.
Elma FFA also won the agriculture issues competition. The first-place team researched the pros and cons of the agriculture industry embracing the legal production of cannabis. Team members included Tyler Davis, Logan Hieronymus, Paige Kershaw, Makayla Hill, Cesar Cavero, Bailey Kelly and Taylor Peek.
The marketing plan event included researching a market for agricultural services, creating a marketing proposal and presenting it to a panel of judges. Elma placed first with Mac Miller, Wyatt Gray and Haley Goodwin. Second place went to Ben Borden, Lorenzo Ayala and Joseph Palmer.
Lorenzo Ayala placed second in the job interview category with his resume, letter of application and interview, while third went to Shelby Felder.
Elma FFA had 36 members participate in leadership-development contests that promote teamwork, written and oral communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking. Alternate competitors included Darci Knutson, Haley Brown, Riley Mowry and Tiana Cox.