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Marshall FFA leadership teams compete at Alba-Golden

By Special to the News-Journal
Nov. 14, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Marshall High School Leadership Development 1: Quiz Teams members Tallon Stevens, Weston Smith, Jadden McMahon, and Mariah Cofield.

Marshall FFA's Leadership Development teams traveled to Alba-Golden High School on Oct. 31 to compete against more than 50 other teams from across the state in a competition.

Leadership Development events focus on creating situations for members to show 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 ag science classrooms.

Marshall FFA was represented by 18 students competing in nine contests including:

Agricultural Advocacy: This contest is designed to inform the general public and consumers about the importance and value of the agriculture industry and how agriculture impacts human lives. Marshall FFA's Agricultural Advocacy team members include Israel Gonzalez, Skylar Clark, Marrissa Williams, Jessica Stanford, and Michael Williams. The team finished first out of 23 teams at the Alba-Golden Invitational.

Job Interview: At the competition, each member submits his or her resume, completes a job application for an agricultural position on site and participates in an interview via telephone, in person one-on-one and with a panel of possible employers. The Marshall FFA Job Interview participant is Ja'Tana Sabboth.

Creed Speaking: A member presents the FFA Creed from memory and answers questions about its meaning and purpose. Marshall's Senior Creed Speaker is Jackie Malinosky.

Radio Broadcasting: A team of three members presents an informative radio program covering one or more agricultural subjects that is current in nature and local in content. The Marshall FFA Radio Broadcasting Team includes Bailey Green, Jackie Malinosky and Matthew Hasler.

Public Relations: A team of between two and four FFA members develops and presents a 5- to 8-minute program to inform a specified target audience regarding the Texas FFA and what it represents. Team members are asked questions in response to their program after the presentation. Marshall FFA's Public Relations team is Jake Clark, Matthew Hasler, Ja'Tana Sabboth and Chris Collier.

FFA Quiz: An exam testing team members' understanding of the FFA, agricultural education, current agricultural events and parliamentary procedure is given. Teams can be made of 3 or 4 members. There are Junior and Senior Teams in this contest. Marshall FFA's Senior Team includes: Tallon Stevens, Jadden McMahon, and Mariah Cofield. The Junior Team is made up of Weston Smith, Marrissa Williams and Jessica Stanford.

FFA Skills: A team of three to five members performs a demonstration of an agricultural skill. The Marshall FFA Skills team is Colby Chambers, Katelynn Richardson, Zacarria Green and Lane Howard.

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