Nearly 600 FFA members from across South Dakota met in Rapid City for the State FFA Leadership Development Events, on Monday December 4th.
Students qualified through district competitions, advancing the top two teams and top three individuals from each of the eight FFA districts in South Dakota. While waiting for competitive events, students had the opportunity to interact with agriculture industry leaders at the Career Carnival. Additionally, state officers from the Montana FFA Association presented workshops on leadership development and identifying leadership qualities for the members to participate in. FFA members and chapters were recognized for their success in 11 leadership areas at the awards presentation. Two Madison High School Students were among those receiving awards.
Vivian Johnson received 2nd place in “Prepared Public Speaking”. Each contestant presents a 6–8-minute agriculture-oriented speech and answers five minutes of related questions.
James Bame took 6th place in Ag Broadcasting/Journalism, where students have 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute agricultural radio newscast and then “air” it.
South Dakota FFA consists of 111 FFA chapters with over 6,000 members.