Ashland FFA competes in District 1 contest

Ashland FFA Students who competed at the District 1 Leadership Development Event were (back, left to right) Marcus Bokenyi (2nd place Employability Skills, 2nd place Discussion Meet), Kyle Berweger (Creed Speaking participant), Rebecca Pupp (Extemporaneous Speaking participant), (front) Shayla King (1st place Discussion Meet), and Morgan Meierotto (2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking).

The Ashland FFA Chapter competed at the District 1 Leadership Development Event in Cumberland on Tuesday. Five students competed in Employability Skills, Discussion Meet, Extemporaneous Speaking and Creed Speaking.

The event is designed for students to share their knowledge about Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources and the role young people play in advocating for all of these things in their communities all while practicing and improving their 21st Century Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.

Shayla King took first place in Discussion Meet, while Marcus Bokenyi had a pair of second-place finishes in Employability Skills and Discussion Meet. Morgan Meierotto also was second in Extemporaneous Speaking. Kyle Berweger was a Creed Speaking participant and Rebecca Pupp was also a Extemporaneous Speaking participant.

FFA members placing first or second at the District contest will move on to Sectionals at Amery High School in March.

FFA is the largest student organization in the world and helps students develop their leadership potential, investigate career opportunities, and promotes personal growth. National FFA Week is Feb. 17 - 24. Events during the week in Ashland include Feb. 18 - Book Across the Bay Cleanup with FFA, Feb 20. - "Give FFA Day" a single-day campaign encouraging public support of various need impacting FFA members, Feb 27 - "Give the Gift of Blue" an online donation opportunity for the public to sponsor the traditional FFA Blue Jacket for a local member, and Feb 28 - "National Wear Blue Day."

For information on how you can help support these amazing Ashland FFA students, check out the Ashland FFA Facebook page or contact the FFA Advisor at 715-682-7089 x1107. #FFAWeek! #CareerTechEd

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