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Spotlight on Youth for March 8, 2006
Parkway FFA members compete in public speaking contest
ROCKFORD, Ohio — “I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds.” This is the first line of the FFA creed and being able to present it earned Parkway FFA members, Chelsie O’Neil and Jenifer Thomas, Gold Ratings at the sub-district level in the Creed Speaking Contest. Chelsie placed first and moved on to districts where she placed sixth.

Felicia Quaintance and Kendra Smith also took home Gold Ratings at the sub-district level in the Prepared Speaking Category. This contest entails memorizing an agricultural speech that you have written that is six to eight minutes long. Quaintance placed fourth and Smith placed third.

Ethan Hayes participated in the Beginning Prepared where he received a Bronze Rating for his five to seven minute speech that dealt with a current agricultural topic.

The Extemporaneous Speaking contest deals with being able to think quickly and speak effectively. The speaker is given a topic and then has 30 minutes to prepare a four to six minute speech. Lucas Hartman received a Gold Rating and placed first at the sub-district level and then moved on to districts where he placed third.

Owensboro Catholic FFA members receive Greenhand FFA Degree
OWENSBORO, Ky. — On Jan. 11, nine members of the Owensboro Catholic FFA Chapter received the Greenhand FFA Degree in a ceremony held at Owensboro Catholic High School in Soennecker Hall.

This honor recognizes that the members demonstrated knowledge and achievements in agricultural awareness, leadership, career development and community service programs. It is the first degree awarded to high school members of the National FFA Organization and the fourth class of Greenhands for the Owensboro Catholic FFA Chapter.

Those receiving the degree include: Matt Howard, Tiffany Murphy, Jonathan Hayden, Jarred Lanham, Ben Fulkerson, Kaytlin Ralph, Jennifer Franey, Jackie O’Bryan and Jordan Harrington.

Iowa FFA Alumni Association donates $10,000 to FFA Enrichment Center
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa FFA Alumni Association recently donated $10,000 to the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center, fulfilling $10,000 of their $18,000 pledge, through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

The $18,000 pledge assists the Iowa FFA Foundation and the Iowa FFA Association in reaching their fund-raising goal, by sponsoring the committee room within the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center, a facility to be built on the Des Moines Area Community College Campus. The Enrichment Center will allow for leadership training, youth development workshops, and career and technical fairs.

“The Iowa FFA Alumni Association believes in the youth of Iowa,” said Iowa FFA Alumni President Carl Horne. “This commitment to the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center, allows us to financially show our support of agriculture education, and to the future of Iowa youth. Through the use of this innovative facility, agriculture education students will have access to cutting edge technology, and will be better trained for the workforce, with hands-on knowledge and life skills; and as motivators and leaders.”

For information on the Iowa FFA Alumni Association, visit their website at

This farm news was published in the March 8, 2006 issue of Farm World.