By Jeremy Vlasin
Imperial is being represented in a variety of different ways on the national stage at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. this week.
The Market Plan Team is competing, comprised of Cassie Burpo, Darin Knobbe and Taylor Wilson. The market plan competition requires a team to take a locally owned business and write a plan to add value to that business. They have to write a six to seven page plan highlighting the industry trends, business proposition, a budget and various other details.
The second component of the competition involves the team having 15 minutes to present the plan. Following the plan they must ask any clarification questions the judges have about their plan.
Imperial also has a Parliamentary Procedure team competing. Team members include Blair Hartman, Anna Bauerle, MaKenna Ketter, Jessica Hartman, Mindy Castle and Travis Luhrs. There are several different components of the Parliamentary Procedure competition.
Members will have to take a test on their knowledge of parliamentary procedure. Along with a test they will be given 30 minutes to find five citations in the book Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th Edition.
The competition also involves a team demonstration where each member has to correctly move two motions and debate four times. Following the demonstration, each member must answer an oral question on parliamentary procedure. If the team advances into the semi-final and final rounds they will also have to complete a team scenario.
At national convention only teams that have won their state are eligible to compete unless the state champion team cannot; then the runner-up from that state can compete.
The other unique aspect of competing at nationals is that teams are not split up by school size.
“This means we will be competing against many teams that come from schools with a student body over 2,000,” said Advisor Jeremy Vlasin.
Imperial FFA will also be represented in a way that it never has been before at the National FFA Convention.
Spencer Hartman, former Imperial FFA member and past Nebraska State FFA President, is running for national office. Only six candidates are selected to serve as a national officer.
The interviewing process started at the beginning of this week. If selected, Hartman will travel around the United States facilitating workshops and inspiring FFA members.
The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that an FFA member can earn. This year the Imperial FFA chapter will have five members being awarded the American FFA Degree—Spencer Hartman, Justin German, Callin Ledall, Jenna Schilke and Jordan Gibb.
Students who earn their American Degree must have earned their Greenhand, Chapter, and State Degrees, productively earn or invest $10,000 into their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), and compile 50 community service hours.
Imperial also will have 10 delegates taking the FFA Organization on its highest level. Students will hear motivational speakers, attend leadership workshops, tour landmarks like Churchhill Downs and the Lousiville Slugger Museum, as well as have an opportunity to watch their fellow chapter members represent the State of Nebraska in their competitions.
Members attending as delegates this year are Shaylee Dorn, Molly Luhrs, Shaylee Heathers, Brady Gittlein, Brandon Chavira, Emma Ferguson, Kayla Schilke, Trace Helser, Lauren Prior and Jade Allen.