37 FFA members participate in state regional competition

37 Schuylerville FFA members traveled to Windsor High School to compete at the Eastern Region Sub-State Competition. Through leadership development events, FFA members are challenged to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making skills
  • Foster teamwork
  • Promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement

Agricultural Issues Forum

In this competition, students researched the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and presented their findings to a panel of judges. Both Schuylerville teams made the finals, where the top four in each contest competed again with a new set of judges. In the final round of the competition, Schuylerville-Gold placed 2nd in the competition and Schuylerville-Blue placed 4th. 

  • Schuylerville Gold – Aiden Arsenault, Madisyn Awilow, Shane Barraclough, Sophie Bodnar, Alexandra Frydel, Hannah King, and Sophia Wahl
  • Schuylerville Blue – Timothy Cox, Sora Dupras, Pilar Gamage, Avrie Koval, Sidney Jacobs, Fiona Longacker, and Madelynn Woodcock

Conduct of Chapter Meetings

This team placed 3rd overall, with team members Finna Bain, Calli Barber, Jordan Battle, Kyla Brady, Lilah Crowley, Madden Dooley, Owen Koval and Parker Vautrin. In this competition, students used proper parliamentary procedure to conduct efficient meetings, while also demonstrating the FFA opening ceremonies. 

Junior Creed Speaking Competition

Finna Bain was a finalist in this competition, during which she recited the five paragraphs of the FFA creed, and then answered questions about its meaning. Bain finished 3rd place in the contest. 

Employment Skills Competition

This contest simulates real-world activities used by employers and tests students’ ability to perform effectively throughout the employment process. Senior Taylor Barraclough won this competition.

Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Competition

In this competition, students showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet by giving a speech and answering questions with limited prep time. Middle school student Gracie Wood made the finals and finished 4th.

People in Agriculture Leadership Development

This event allow students to explore career fields in various agricultural industries, and then share information about those careers with a panel of judges. Pilar Gamage placed 2nd overall in this competition. In the junior competition for middle school students, both Alice Armstrong and Maizee Alexander made the finals and then placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. 

Senior Prepared Public Speaking

In this competition, students write and deliver a six to eight-minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. Taylor Barraclough and Hannah King took two of the four spots in the finals; King placed 2nd and  Barraclough placed 3rd. 

“With 37 FFA members competing, Schuylerville had the largest number of students represented from one district,” said FFA advisor Mary-Elizabeth Foote. “This is a testament to the caliber of our students. We look forward to watching our state finalists compete in Buffalo!”

The Agricultural Issues Forum Team-Gold, as well as Taylor Barraclough, Pilar Gamage, and Hannah King will compete at the New York State FFA Convention May 1-4 in Buffalo, NY, as state finalist in their respective competitions.