Atwater FFA Hosts Major Speaking Invitational
Twenty novice and advanced FFA parliamentary procedure teams representing high schools throughout California gathered at Atwater High School this past weekend the annual Atwater FFA Parliamentary Procedure Invitational. The Atwater FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure team placed 5th overall with senior Callie Norton earning the “Advanced High Chair” award. The Atwater FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure team also earned a 5th place placing overall. “Today was a good start considering this was the first major contest for many competitors throughout the state,” said FFA advisor Shelby West. “They put forth a tremendous effort and the experience provides us with a foundation to build upon.”
Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. FFA students throughout California participate in various parliamentary procedure contests where students demonstrate their public speaking, understanding, and implementation of skills.
“This is an opportunity to get students involved in an application that develops and strengthens public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills that can be applied towards any academic and career endeavor,” said West.
Atwater High School’s agriculture program continues to grow. “With the growth and expansion of agriculture instructors over the past few years, we have been able to expand opportunities for students outside the classroom in college and career related skills that will serve and benefit their futures,” said West. “It’s all about providing opportunities for students to enhance their personal growth, academic success, and career development.”
Students who competed on the team included (Advanced) Callie Norton (Outstanding Chair), Emily Nunez, Annesa Cardenas, Cristal Venegas, Mariah Castro-Delgado, Paige Brigham, Emmanuel Mejia, Nandani Patel, Teresa Cavallaro, Simarjot Gandhoke, Jennifer Velazquez, Isabell Murillo, Jose Vazquez, and Celeste Chargoy . The team will be heading to the UC Davis Parliamentary Procedure Invitational on March 2nd to compete again with sectional, regional, and state final competition coming up in the coming two months.
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301