Lakeview FFA members recently placed well at the Area FFA Leadership Development Events. The events were held at Florien High School in Sabine Parish Jan. 18. Emily Johnson placed 3rd in Gulf of Mexico Speaking, Salem Johnson placed 2nd in Creed Speaking, and Kelsey Shoemaker placed 2nd in Prepared Speaking. Salem and Kelsey earned a chance to compete at the 88th annual Louisiana FFA state convention in June where they will compete against the best speakers in the state.
The FFA Prepared Public and Gulf of Mexico Speaking Leadership Development Events are designed to develop agricultural leadership. Participants are required to write and deliver a speech on an agricultural or Gulf of Mexico related topic (respectively). The participants are judged on content and composition of the manuscript, voice, stage presence, power of expression, general effect and response to questions asked by a panel of judges.
The FFA Creed Leadership Development Event allows students to develop leadership skills by participating in public speaking activities and by stimulating interest in leadership and citizenship. Participants must recite the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions from the judges indicating familiarity with the subject and the ability to think quickly. Participants are judged on voice, stage presence, power of expression, general effect, and response to questions.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Pictured from left are Emily Johnson (Junior), Salem Johnson (Freshman), and Kelsey Shoemaker (Senior).