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FFA aims high for competition season

Senior Justin Kilgore adjusts the uniform of fellow FFA member Sam Davis, a junior, as Katelyn Lorenzo, a sophomore, looks on. Photo by Morgan Ham

Bear River’s FFA chapter has begun their competition season.

Students compete with other FFA chapters from around the region to win in a variety of events, including mechanics, debate, and procedures. The team hopes to eventually move onto state championships and farther.  

FFA president, Senior C.J. Paul, explained how the team has prepared for this season.

“We are working a lot in Ag Mechanics like welding, electrical boards and other cold metal projects to prepare us for the actual working part of the contest,” Paul said. “We are also studying a lot of written tests and written material to study for the testing portion of it.”

Paul participates in multiple events during the contests.

“I am doing Ag mechanics contest as well as parliamentary procedure contest,” Paul said. “Parliamentary is a debate team. There is six people on a team, five of them are debating one of them is a president and we basically move motions and debate topics in professional manner.”

Junior Aidan Smith enjoys the competition aspect and friendships of the competitions.

“(I like) being able to compete with other schools and getting to know people,” Smith said.

Stephen Paasch, the Agriculture teacher, explained how important and meaningful practice can be.

“Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect,” said Mr. Paasch. “We have a practice schedule and were trying to make use of bruin time so kids with busy schedules can still have the time to develop practicing for different competitions and we are also practicing competing.”

Freshman Helen Sands outlined how the upcoming events for parliamentary procedure will go and the opportunities that it will present.

“We’re really excited because we have a chance to make it to state this year,” Sands said. “Which would be really cool because than we can make it to nationals next year and that would be really cool.”

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FFA aims high for competition season