Members of the state championship senior parli pro team include, from left, Alexis Richmond, Lindsey Mendenhall, Courtney Odens, Valerie Herbert, Jozie Schilke and Brooklyn Christensen. (Courtesy photo)

Carissa Hill earned first place for her proficiency in ag processing for the Goat Girls Farm she operates with her sister. She is in contention for possible competition at the national level. (Courtesy photo)

The Imperial FFA food science team finished fourth and was recognized as a Top Five Team. Members were, from left, Katelyn Leibhart, Carissa Hill, Jordan Jablonski and Valerie Herbert. (Courtesy photo)

FFA’s parli pro team, Hill’s proficiency are state champions

Editor’s note: Watch in the coming weeks for expanded stories on the Imperial FFA’s performances at the state convention.

    Imperial FFA chapter will again have a presence at the National FFA Convention later this year.

    At last week’s state convention in Lincoln, the local chapter brought home the state championship in senior parliamentary procedure and also has a member with a state proficiency championship.
    Carissa Hill, a junior, topped all of the other entries in the ag processing category within the proficiency competition, and has a chance to advance to nationals.
    Coached by Advisor Jeremy Vlasin, the parli pro team captured the state title for the second time in the past three years. The last state title was earned in 2017, he said.
    Team members include Jozie Schilke, Brooklyn Christensen, Valerie Herbert, Lindsey Mendenhall, Courtney Odens and Alexis Richmond.
    The team will compete at nationals this fall.
    The Parliamentary Procedure competition involves a six-person team giving an 11-minute demonstration over how to properly run a meeting using Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th Edition.
    A chairman and five members make up the team. Each of the members are required to correctly transact two motions and debate three times within the time limit. They also have to take a written test over the rules of parliamentary procedure, answer oral questions and participate in a team practicum where they receive a parliamentary scenario and have to determine if the scenario was done correctly.
    “I was extremely proud of the parliamentary procedure team,” Vlasin said.
    “More than results I was proud of how they prepared, trusted the process and most of all, came together as a family and cared about each other. That’s what makes things like that special, not the plaque. But we’ll take the plaque too,” he smiled.
    “I was so happy for Carissa” in the proficiency event, Vlasin said.  
    “She put a lot of time into her proficiency application but anyone who knows Carissa knows that’s what she does with anything and it usually pays off for her,” he said.

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