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Watford City Competes at FFA District Leadership In Stanley


October 16, 2019 | View PDF

Pictured left: Watford City FFA team, back row (left to right): Javier Reyes, Landen Caldwell, Koen Helmuth, Neil Dahl, Josiah Rojas, Clay Ceynar, Jason Hogue, and Ian Lewis; middle, Peyton Stieg, Kristen Clark, Brendalyn Clark, Alex Highley, Carson Voll, Savanna Olson, Tyler Leiseth, and Tanner Edwards; front, Jenna Mandler, Laney Hartel, Kell Helmuth, Connor Cross, Isabell Boekelman, Cassidy Belcourt, and Shayla Rolla.

Each year in October, Watford City FFA members along with contestants from nine other chapters compete in Stanley during the District Leadership Conference. We were represented well with 23 of our students who attended, along with chapter advisors Mr. Wisness and Miss Gunderson. We took 5th place as a chapter with all of our points added up, behind Ray, Berthold, Powers Lake and Stanley.

The most competitive event at districts is always Parliamentary Procedure, where students exhibit their knowledge by doing the opening and closing ceremonies and demonstrating 10 laws of parli pro. Competing were our chapter officers, who earned a silver as a team. As individuals, vice president Cassidy Belcourt, secretary Isabell Boekelman, reporter Laney Hartel, and sentinel Connor Cross earned silver.

President Kell Helmuth, and treasurer Shayla Rolla were awarded bronze.

Our quiz team earned silver with Shayla Rolla and Kristen Clark earning gold, and Jenna Mandler and Neil Dahl earning bronze. The freshman quiz team also did well and earned silver. Receiving gold as an individual were Brendalyn Clark and Savanna Olson, silver was awarded to Tyler Leiseth, Koen Helmuth, Josiah Rojas, Tanner Edwards and Clay Ceynar. With bronze were Landen Caldwell, Jason Hogue, Carson Voll and Javier Reyes. Clay Ceynar also won bronze in the creed-speaking contest.

Ian Lewis competed in extemporaneous speaking and received a gold as well as winning second place overall. (Photos submitted)

Kristen Clark demonstrated how to make ice cram and Alex Highley gave a prepared speech, both students were awarded a bronze. Savanna Olson competed in employment skills by doing a mock job interview and won silver. Ian Lewis competed in extemporaneous speaking and received gold as well as winning second place overall which qualifies him for state!

For 20 years our FFA chapter has been able to sponsor the Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure contest. This year Watford sent two Greenhand teams, which consisted of our new members, to complete in the contest and both teams earned silver. For individual awards, Jason Hogue, vice president: Javier Reyes, secretary and Tanner Edwards, reporter each won a bronze. Individuals were Koen Helmuth, secretary; Savanna Olson, president; Clay Ceynar, secretary and Josiah Rojas, student advisor. Individual golds were awarded to Carson Voll, president; Landen Caldwell, reporter; Tyler Leiseth, treasurer and Brendalyn Clark, vice president.

District Leadership is always a great opportunity for our members to learn and develop necessary leadership skills. Good job to everyone who competed.


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