Every year, the Rushville FFA Chapter competes in the District IX contests. District IX is composed of many CDE’s (Career Development Events) and proficiencies (Supervised Agricultural Experiences). Every FFA member is encouraged to compete in these contests. When talking to my fellow chapter members, they said it took a lot of hard work and dedication as well as time to be able to compete in the contest.
In many of the contests last year, Rushville came away placing either first, second, or third. Laura Smith competed in freshman public speaking and placed first. When talking to Laura, she said, “I was so nervous, but I was very excited and could not wait to give my speech. I had worked very hard on memorizing my speech.”
Casey Yager and Jill Yager placed second in Plant and Soil Science Demonstration. When talking to them, they told me that it was a very rewarding experience, and they worked very hard on it. They also said it was lots of fun and that it helped them with their leadership skills.
Proficiencies are based off of one’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) which FFA members can use in the future as potential careers. Some proficiencies can be seasonal and some can be all year around, seven days a week. The proficiencies can be anything from bailing hay on the farm and showing your 4-H animals to running your own agriculture business. This is a great way for many members to gain experience in the agriculture field.
Proficiencies require hard work and dedication as well as determination. To be successful in this area one must have time, patience and good hard-working skills. All of these proficiencies help prepare one for the future. They teach responsibility and how to work hard to achieve your goals. They also help you by teaching real life experiences.