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Manor FFA Awarded Several Distinctions at Lone Star District Leadership Development

The Manor Future Farmers of America team was well represented at Wednesday's Lone Star District Leadership Development event.
 
The team finished 5th overall out of all of the chapters that participated. In each category, Manor finished:
 
Ag Advocacy - 2nd place (Area advancement)

Ag Issues Forum - 1st place (Area advancement) 

Greenhand Quiz - 4th place

Greenhand Skills - 4th place

Job Interview - 6th place

Public Relations - 2nd place (Area advancement)

Senior Creed Speaking - 8th place

Senior Quiz - 7th place

Senior Skills - 8th place
 
"I love LDE's because of the way they bring FFA members together," said Tara Barton, MHS Agriculture Science Teacher. "Public speaking is usually outside of students' comfort zones, so the teams have to band together and commit to lots of practice and hard work. Through all this, the members of each team develop such a sense of camaraderie and community."
 
FFA Members consist of:
 
Ag Advocacy Members:
RIcardo Chavez
Mikael Huerta
Samantha Ramirez
Denise Villalobos
 
Ag Issues Members:
Destiny Cotto
Shelby Darilek
Hazel Faz
Kassandra Pineda
Llarely Trevino
 
Public Relation Members:
 
LDE's are held in the fall and 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. Team and individual events are used to reinforce what is taught in agricultural science classrooms. 

Agricultural Advocacy:

This contest will be designed to inform the general public and consumers about the importance and value of the agriculture industry and how agriculture impacts human lives. Agricultural Advocacy teams will be made up of 3-5 members from the same chapter.

Objectives:

 - To promote the agriculture industry on all levels, from local to the state level.

 - To educate the consumer and general public about the importance and value of the agriculture industry.

 - To promote the principles of agriculture such as: biotechnology, soil stewardship, resource management, economic and environmental benefits as well as the humane principles of sound livestock production and management.

 - To prepare students to promote agriculture in a professional and effective manner through essential communication and presentation skills

Agricultural Issues Forum:

A team of 3 to 7 students research and analyze a current agricultural issue, create a portfolio and also develop and deliver a presentation that stresses both pros and cons of their selected agricultural issue. At the event competition, members use verbal skills and presentation abilities to defend their findings and answer judges’ questions.

Public Relations:

A team of between two and four FFA members develops and presents a 5-8 minute program to inform a specified target audience regarding the Texas FFA and what it represents. The presentation is developed assuming that the target audience has no knowledge of the FFA.  Team members are asked questions in response to their program following the presentation. 

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