Both the RCHS Senior and BRMS Novice Parliamentary Procedure teams recently placed first at sectional and will compete at the state level this Saturday, Feb. 8.
The two teams work closely together to help each other hone their skills.
“We actually work really close with the senior team. They help us out a lot,” Novice team member Kelby Roberts said. “We really are just one big team separated into two.”
Senior team members include Nicholas Neuman, Jeremiah Geise, Savannah Snow, Harrison Wicker, Courtney Jackman, Cora Owens, Reagan Meyer, Zoe Mann, Lillian Robinson, Caleb Jessup, Katie Yeend and Meghan Reed.
Novice team members include Roberts, Isabella Rogers, Carlie Kuhn, Reagan Robinson, Parker Wicker, Kendra Buckley, Ashleigh Spaeth and Chelsie Patterson.
BRMS began offering FFA class in early 2018.
“They’re one of eight teams left in the state,” RCHS Ag Instructor and FFA Sponsor Blair Orme said. “The work ethic that the team has is tremendous and their knowledge of the subject has improved immensely over the course of the season. The fact they get to represent RCHS and the community of Rushville is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Senior team member Nicholas Neuman said Rushville FFA is well equipped for this year’s state competition.
“Rushville FFA has been considered an underdog because we haven’t been to state in four or five years, but this year we are definitely going in with a strong hand and we are more capable than ever,” Neuman said.
Members on both teams say they’ve learned vital communication skills while participating in parliamentary procedure events.
“Being a debater I’ve learned to be clear and concise and be able to get all my thoughts out in a short amount of time,” Novice team member Ashleigh Spaeth said.
RCHS Ag Instructor and FFA Sponsor Holly Wagner said her students have been working hard to prepare for the state competition.
“I’m very proud of both teams,” Wagner said. “They’ve been working for several months and have gained great amounts of knowledge and expertise in defending their beliefs and explaining themselves. I look forward to them competing at state.”
Congratulations and good luck to both teams.