CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee hosted the District 5 parliamentary procedure contest for the FFA on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and students from all over the Miami Valley came to participate in the event.
District 5 in the FFA includes all schools that feature FFA chapters in Shelby County, Darke County, Miami County, Mercer County, Montgomery County, Preble County and part of Auglaize County.
Each Preble County school was represented at the event and each chapter was permitted to bring five students; one for each of the five categories.
According to Preble Shawnee FFA advisor Carmen Kennel, students were to submit a cover letter and resume after they selected a job they would be interested in the day before the competition. Both the cover letter and resume received a score from the judges.
Students were then given 15 minutes to complete a job application for the job they selected the day before and are interviewed for ten minutes by two judges.
Judges, according to Kennel, are playing the role of manager for the company the student is applying to work for. After the interview students must write a follow-up letter which is also scored by the judges.
Kennel said the judges were selected from around Preble County and they included Mike Dare, Bruce Cottingim, Jessica Arnett, Dean Ketring, Brad Johnson, Stever Orr, Matt Lunsford, Heather Lunsford, Jason Moore, Amy Weaver, Emily Hamblin and Paula Gallaher.
“Every student will someday have to go through an interview of some sort,” Kennel said of the event. “It could be for a scholarship, job or admittance into an organization. This contest prepares these students for their future.”
Preble Shawnee senior Johnathon Cottingim said “Going through this process has taught me the correct ways to conduct myself in an interview. It has also allowed me the opportunity to hone my interpersonal skills.”
While Preble Shawnee was responsible for finding the judges, according to Kennel, they were given a rubric to follow to score the students in five different categories: cover letter, resume, interview follow-up and application.
Two Preble County students will be moving on to the state portion of the competition after receiving top scores within the district. Those top scorers were Timmy Parker from Preble Shawnee and Katelyn Niehaus from Eaton.
Niehaus won Division 2 with a score of 735, 20 points better than the second place finisher. Parker won division five with a score of 679.
Other students placing in the top five in their division included Cottingim of Preble Shawnee, Aubrey Stevenson of Eaton, Sydney Hacker of Preble Shawnee, Haley Back of Twin Valley South, Erika Gallaher of National Trail, and Carly Asher of Preble Shawnee.
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