Success at District LSEs
By Caetlen Gyhra, Junior
FFA members develop their leadership skills by competing in district LSEs. LSE stands for Leadership Skills Events, which is 18 different types of speech events. On January 27th, FFA members traveled to SCC in Beatrice to compete in four categories. One event is Job Interview, where the objective is to provide FFA members the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in completing a job application form, writing a letter of application, preparing a resume, interviewing, and completing a follow-up letter. They are not only scored on the paperwork, but also on their appearance. Another event competed in was Extemporaneous Speaking, where the objective is to develop the ability of FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having prepared or rehearsed its content in advance. They are given a half hour to research a topic and write a speech about it, then answer questions. Members also competed in Creed Speaking, where the objective is to develop the ability of interpretation and self-expression of beginning FFA members. They have to recite the FFA Creed, which is five paragraphs, and answer questions. Another event competed in was Agricultural Demonstration, where the objective is to develop the ability of FFA members, to accurately explain a process through demonstration of the skills required while making a verbal presentation and to emphasize the importance of agricultural technology and the skills required for a changing industry. They also have to be able to answer questions at the end of the presentation.
In Job Interview, Carly Hunzeker placed 2nd and is a state qualifier. In Extemporaneous Speaking, Hayden Meyer placed 2nd and is a state qualifier, Caetlen Gyhra received a blue ribbon, and Sarah Smyth received a red ribbon. In Creed Speaking, Miranda Branek received a blue ribbon, and John Mathewson received a red ribbon. In Agricultural Demonstration, Trevor Gyhra and Clay Schaardt received a blue ribbon for their demonstration of ear notching and vaccinating a piglet. Twelve Junior High members also competed in Quiz Bowl and received third place.
Carly Hunzeker, Hayden Meyer, and the Junior High Quiz Bowl will advance to compete at the State FFA Convention in April.