The East Clinton FFA Chapter recently competed in the State Parliamentary procedure competition at The Ohio State University Agricultural Campus. The competition is one of the most highly competitive contest the FFA has to offer, consisting of six members and leaders of the chapter using rules of order, better known as Robert’s Rules of Order, to run a meeting.
The team also has to handle different motions and abilities that can be used in parliamentary law or at a meeting as well as debate on certain motions that are popular for the FFA to be involved in. The students learn the parliamentary procedure in class and then apply it to their life when they run meetings and handle business.
The team consisted of Chair Hanna Fosbrink, Secretary Samantha Bronson and members Emma Mathews, Zach Bernard, Hannah Pickering and Veronica Brewer. They qualified by placing first at Sub-Districts, first at Districts and first at the State Pre-lims in their heat.
They finished second in the State Competition, presenting a perfect contest card once again and finishing just nine points behind the first-place team. This qualified the team to compete at the National second-place contest at the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Big E is one of two National competitions offered for Parliamentary Procedure for FFA, and the six students will compete next fall to represent East Clinton again at Nationals.
The students were very pleased to accomplish their goal of qualifying for Nationals in a competition that they have done every year and have worked hard to complete as it is one of the hardest contest to prepare for in FFA. Thank you to all the parents and school and community leaders who supported the students as they competed in this contest.