Three FFA teams competing at nationals this week

    Imperial’s FFA chapter will be well represented at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this week with 17 students competing on three state champion teams.
    According to Chapter Advisor Jeremy Vlasin, that’s the most Imperial’s chapter has taken to nationals since the 2002-03 school year.  
    The three teams competing, all state champions, include Parliamentary Procedure, the Conduct of Chapter Meetings and Marketing Plan.
    Parliamentary Procedure team members include Shaylee Heathers, Ryelee Christensen, Stevie Johnson, Logan Mendenhall, Katelyn Leibhart and Kayla Schilke.
    The Conduct of Chapter Meetings team consists of Valerie Herbert, Brooklyn Christensen, Jozie Schilke, Austin Bernhardt, Ashley Bubak, Courtney Odens, Alexis Richmond and Morayah Cupp.
    Molly Luhrs, Jack Bauerle and Emma Ferguson make up the Marketing Team.
    Some of the preliminary competition started Wednesday, and if advancing, continue today (Thursday) and Friday.
    Vlasin said this is an especially exciting year for the chapter.
    “Not only do we have 17 students competing, we have many parents and relatives coming to watch and support these FFA members which I think is awesome,” Vlasin said.
    During the national convention, there is a projected 60,000 people expected to descend upon Indianapolis.
    “And generally when people get down there and see how large this convention is, how many people are there and the quality of competition they begin to understand the magnitude of what these students have been doing,” he added.
    Vlasin took time to explain the three areas of competition  in which the Imperial FFA is competing this week.
    Parliamentary Procedure is a competition on how to demonstrate the Parliamentary Authority Robert’s Rules of Order newly revised 11th Edition, he said.
    It involves an 11-minute demonstration during which students are required to move two motions and debate four times. They are given a topic for their demonstration, which they do not know ahead of time. Once in the room, the team has just one minute to look at the topic and the required motions without talking to each other before the demonstration starts.
    Other parts of the Parliamentary Procedure competition involve taking a 45-question test on parliamentary knowledge.
    They have six citations from Robert’s Rules of Order and they have a half hour to find those citations in the book.
    They have to complete an individual minutes practicum, and must do a team scenario based around a parliamentary law scenario. Lastly, they have to answer oral questions about parliamentary law.

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