Windsor FFA won district, going to state Parliamentary Procedure contest in June
March 8, 2016
After winning the district competition in January, a team of six Windsor FFA students will go on to represent the district at the state Parliamentary Procedure contest the first week of June.
Teams will conduct a mock chapter meeting to show their knowledge of basic parliamentary law and correct use of procedures.
Windsor High School junior Brianna McBride will be competing.
"People use this in real life," McBride said. "Beyond the competition, you use skills like public speaking and thinking quickly."
Students have 10 and a half minutes to go through as many motions as possible and handle them correctly. Students then work their way through a question and answer session to demonstrate their knowledge.
"It emulates a true business meeting," said Jarrod Bessire, Windsor High School's FFA advisor. "We go through as many motions as possible."
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This year, Windsor students also won the district competition for extemporaneous speaker and prepared speaker. Windsor, then, will bring eight students to the state competition.
"Going forward, we're learning all the motions," McBride said. "Last year we were a pretty young team."
Next month, the FFA team will hit practice hard about two times per week. The practices will take the form of a mock competition. This year, McBride said, the team will know more about which motions are debatable.
"This year, I'm excited about having a more experienced team, McBride said.
McBride began FFA her freshman year of high school after being a part of 4-H. Now, she hopes to become an FFA officer following her senior year before going to college for agribusiness and human nutrition.
"I'm nervous about actually competing, even though I competed last year," McBride said. "It's always something different." ❖