Decatur’s FFA chapter took seven firsts and three seconds to capture overall sweepstakes honors at the District 1 Leadership Development Event (LDE) Contest, held Nov. 17 at Bridgeport.
DHS students participated in 13 different events at the contest, qualifying for Are V LDE Competition in 10 of them.
After that contest, held Nov. 22 in Sherman, Decatur’s Senior Quiz Team emerged as a state qualifier and competed Friday in Huntsville.
Each event focuses on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.
At district, Decatur’s Senior Chapter Conducting team – Michaela Cross, Carter Hakansan, Cody Holaway, Lyndi Luttrull, Morgan Sarchet, Seth Sirman, Carolyn Spear and Ramey Walther – placed first.
Seth Byers took first in the Job Interview contest, and also participated in the Senior Creed Speaking contest, placing eighth.
Lauryn Luttrull brought home first in the Junior Creed Speaking contest, and the Senior Quiz team of Gavin Buchannon, Michaela Cross, Michael Hicks and Trenton Lane won top honors in their event.
The Junior Quiz Team of Jacey Harris, Morgan Lamance, Sam Perkins and Scott Steiner also placed first, as did the Radio Broadcasting team – Kelsey Blase, Lyndi Luttrull and Chance Walther – and the Agriculture Advocacy Team of Savannah Carper, Kylie Cole and Annika Wissmann.
The Junior Chapter Conducting team of Kyle Drews, Holden Hacker, Austin Howell, Sydney Jeffrey, Thaine Laaser, Morgan Lamance and Lauryn Luttrull placed second, as did the Agricultural Issues team of Shelby Drews, Marissa Ledford, Maci Morton, Carson Read and Katarina Scoma.
Also earning second-place was the Public Relations team of Madison Bourgeois, Caroline Cowdery and Brittany Roberts.
The Senior Skills team, including Gavin Buchannon, Luke Cobb, Alex Samano, Anna Sherwood, Cole Stallard and Zachary Valdez, finished fifth, as did the Junior Skills team, with Maribel Camacho, Kyle Drews, Holden Hacker, Isaac Hacker and Alec Uselton.
At area, students compete on the same teams as district. In addition to the Senior Quiz Team qualifying for state, Michaela Cross of the Senior Quiz team and Morgan Lamance of the Junior Quiz team were high-point individuals in their contests.
Decatur’s Junior Quiz and Radio Broadcasting teams both took third at Area; the Junior Chapter Conducting finished fourth; Agricultural Issues took fifth; Senior Chapter Conducting was sixth; the Agriculture Advocacy and Public Relations teams finished eighth; and the Job Interview team was 10th.
Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA Associations with more than 106,000 members in 1,045 chapters. FFA contests give students the opportunity to apply practical knowledge to real-world experiences in local, state and national contests.