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Bruins place 6th at Modesto Parli Pro competition

The Parliamentary Procedure team includes Laurel Stine, Elizabeth Enke, Sam Davis, Sam Nichols, Jaytyn Collier, and Mary Foles. Courtesy photo

Bear River FFA has added more ribbons to their trophy shelf.

On February 4, the Bear River Novice and Advanced FFA Parliamentary Procedure teams traveled to Modesto to attend a statewide competition. There were 15 Advanced teams and 14 Novice teams who attended. FFA Advisor Steve Paasch worked with the students at least 4 hours a week to prepare. After much practice, their skills were put to the test at their first contest of the year.

Bear River attended the contest with two Advance teams and one Novice team. Students expressed how they felt at the beginning of the contest.

“It was a little nerve-racking because it is a newer experience than playing on the Novice Team,” said Aidan Smith, a sophomore. “The contest has massive competition and I hope our team can compete.”

“I felt good going into the competition because I practiced wording of the motions, and studied test questions, and oral questions,” said Chandler Brown, a sophomore.

Parli-Pro players talked about their experience with the team.

“My favorite part of this competition is building my Parli-Pro family,” said Sam Nichols, a junior.

“I got annoyed by some of my team members, but we pushed through it and did very well on clean Parli Pro rounds,” said Michaela Nichols, a freshman.

Players reflected on how they did after they competed.

“My personal goal for future contests is to get awarded a high chair,” said Nichols, referring to a Parli Pro honor.

“I know where I need to improve to maintain my position on the team,” said Smith.

Mr. Paasch expressed how Parliamentary Procedure is an important life skill to learn.

“The reason for these practice competitions is to develop debating skills, and develop a  consistent, high-scoring strategy that should put us in position to win State this year,” said Mr. Paasch.

After the competition, one Bear River Advance team got sixth place in the finals. Students said that the experience was a great way for the team to further their learning skills in Parliamentary Procedure.

“Overall, this being my first competition, it was a huge learning experience,” said Michaela Nichols.

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Bruins place 6th at Modesto Parli Pro competition