RIPLEY (WVDN) -The Greenbrier East FFA Chapter was very well represented last week at the 94th annual WV FFA State Convention.
Two specific students coached by Emily Dunkle competed Wednesday, July 6, in the Upperclassman and Freshman Creed contests located at Cedar Lakes Convention Center.
The FFA Creed, by Erwin Milton Tiffany, was written in the summer of 1928 and adopted at the third National Convention in 1930. The five paragraphs of the FFA Creed give an insight to the world of agriculture, the morals of FFA and the standards of which members should live by. Each paragraph starts with the words, “I believe.”
The FFA Creed shows members how vital their role is in the future of agriculture and how they can make an impact. Every year, students from around the nation learn and recite the FFA Creed. If students are enrolled in the introduction to agriculture class, they have the option to compete in an FFA Creed speaking contest in the upperclassman or freshman division.
During this year’s Creed contest, freshman Mya Monroy and upperclassman Keilei Christian were to recite the FFA Creed, answer questions pertaining to the meaning and understand their role in the future of agriculture. Both students competed on March 31 at the Southeastern Regional Leadership Development event at Shady Spring High School.
In order to compete on the state level, these two students had to compete against six other schools on the regional level. After winning the Southeastern Regional contest, these two girls set out on a mission to make it to the final round at State Convention, where they did just that.
Monroy placed third in the state for the Freshman Creed contest. Monroy is an upcoming sophomore at Greenbrier East High School and has plans to become a veterinarian in the future. She believes that the FFA Creed contest has impacted her future by pushing her out of her comfort zone. The contest has given her the ability to get over her fear of public speaking and has challenged her to continue to become a better leader.
Christian placed second in the state for the Upperclassman Creed contest. Christian is an upcoming junior at Greenbrier East High School and has plans of becoming an agriculture teacher in the future.
The FFA Creed contest has given Christian the ability to enhance her public speaking skills as well as her leadership ability. She believes leadership and public speaking skills are imperative through any walks of life.
Congratulations to these two students placing in the top three at the state level and to all Greenbrier East FFA students that competed last week.