By Cierra Rinehart - National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter FFA Reporter

Team Qualifies for State Contest

NEW PARIS — The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter’s advanced and novice parliamentary procedure teams recently competed in the district parliamentary procedure CDE contest at National Trail High School.

The advanced team includes Mallory Nugent, Gracie Jones, Hunter Lee, Lily Carpenter, Erika Gallaher, Rachael Kimball and Macel Stowers. The novice team includes Raven Tout, Taylor Davis, Austin Knapp, Abbey Rodefer. Noah Phillips, Ricky Cole, Mark Armstrong, Trena Caldwell and Lila Pegg. The chapter is very proud of the team’s results and all the hard work they put into the preparation for this event as they now are state bound.

This CDE requires FFA members to conduct a business meeting using parliamentary law according to the guidelines outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order. FFA members are also tested on their knowledge of parliamentary law. They are graded based on public speaking, official dress, completeness and accuracy, format of the secretary’s minutes, grammar, style and legibility.

The two teams performed well during the sub districts contest as well at Eaton High School. The National Trail-MVCTC Novice Parliamentary Procedure team received the first award and the Advance Parliamentary Procedure Team received the second award which qualified them for the district contest. With their recent performance at district contest, National Trail- MVCTC FFA’s two parliamentary procedure teams will be heading to the state contest for a 3rd time within recent years.

‘Tis the season to be thankful

With November being the month known for giving thanks with a grateful heart, National Trail-MVCTC FFA members showed all their kind hearts the morning of Thanksgiving break on Nov. 22. During that morning, 29 FFA members showed up at St. Paul’s Church in New Paris, to help the New Paris Community Food Pantry gather together meals for the families they tend to. In just a hour or so, the 29 members put together 500 bags of two meals each for the Bags Of Hope Program. All of the 1,000 meals were bagged in paper bags donated by Buckeye Farmers and Kroger Inc. The project was also assisted in funding by the Ohio FFA Foundation.

As community service plays a big role in our organization, our members couldn’t be more thankful for the support we have from our community throughout the year. So helping serve Preble County 1,000 meals during the holiday season is just another way for our chapter giving back thanks for all the community does in return for us.

The bags were distributed at the food pantry the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so many families were able to add a generous gift to their table from the National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

We encourage any FFA members as well as community members to attend our events and help make a difference in our community. The National Trail-MVCTC FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to over 160 student members at National Trail High School.

By Cierra Rinehart

National Trail-MVCTC FFA Chapter FFA Reporter