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Leadership Development Events

LDEs Leadership Development Events (Fall Contests) 

Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking,
decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization. Team and individual events
are used to reinforce what is taught in agricultural science classrooms.

Lake Houston District contests are held in Early November, usually in Crosby Texas
If teams are awarded First or Second, they Advance to Area 3 contests in December, usually at Blinn College in Brenham
If teams are awarded First or Second at Area 3 they advance to State in late December, usually at SHSU in Huntsville

In addition to the above contests, your Student will be responsible for attending before, during or after school practices,
and quite possibly Invitational Contests to help develop their skills as leaders. 
These practices and contests will be coordinated with the Adviser in charge of that Team.

Leadership development events are a great tool Chavez FFA uses for many reasons that we feel parents can stand behind:
Involving students from the get go by assigning them to team helps initiate the desire to be a part of a Team
FFA members learn and practice how to speak eloquently at a young age and outshine their peers early.
Learning how to compete in an FFA Setting will help solidify their involvement over the next four years
Giving students structure and expectations helps them strive to be their very best in all aspects of their education
We choose only the best students to represent our school, training the rest to become the best. 

Who Coaches What?

Agricultural Advocacy       Mrs. Evans
This contest will be designed to inform the general public and consumers about the importance and value of the agriculture industry and how agriculture impacts human lives. Agricultural Advocacy teams will be made up of 3-5 members from the same chapter.
 - To promote the agriculture industry on all levels, from local to the state level.
 - To educate the consumer and general public about the importance and value of the agriculture industry.
 - To promote the principles of agriculture such as: biotechnology, soil stewardship, resource management, economic and environmental benefits as well as the humane principles of sound livestock production and management.
 - To prepare students to promote agriculture in a professional and effective manner through essential communication and presentation skills.
 - Teams will consist of three to five members 

Agricultural Issues Forum       Mrs. Evans
A team of 3 to 7 students research and analyze a current agricultural issue, create a portfolio and also develop and deliver a presentation that stresses both pros and cons of their selected agricultural issue. At the event competition, members use verbal skills and presentation abilities to defend their findings and answer judges’ questions.

Agricultural Skill Demonstration       Mrs. Evans 
A team of 3-5 members performs an actual demonstration of an agricultural skill including anything in the Agricultural Science and Technology curriculum using effective public speaking and communication methods.

Chapter Conducting       Ms. Vayon 
Teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate knowledge of basic parliamentary law and the use of correct parliamentary procedures.  At the conclusion of the meeting, team members are asked questions regarding parliamentary law.
There are both Greenhand and senior levels for this event.

Chapter Agricultural Quiz       Mrs. Evans
An exam testing team members’ understanding of the FFA, agricultural education, current agricultural events and parliamentary procedure is given.  Teams can be made of 3 or 4 members. 

Creed Speaking       Mr. Ross
 Three Catagories of this contest include Greenhand, Senior, and Spanish
A member presents the FFA Creed from memory and answers questions about its meaning and purpose. This event is just one way to boost self-confidence, earn recognition, and develop powerful, organized and professional communication skills.
There are both Greenhand and senior levels for this event.
FFA Broadcasting       Ms. Vayon
A team of 3 members presents an informative radio program covering one or more agricultural subjects that is current in nature and local in content. The contest assumes that the chapter has a regularly scheduled non-commercial radio program once each month over a local station

Greenhand FFA Quiz       Mrs. Evans
An exam testing knowledge of the Grays Guide to Parliamentary Procedure for FFA and FFA knowledge including history, facts, business structure, leadership and programs is given to individuals.  Quiz teams can be made of 3 or 4 members. 

Job Interview       Ms. Pruitt- West
At the competition, each member submits their resume, completes a job application for an agricultural position on site and participates in an interview via telephone, in person one-on-one and with a panel of possible employers.

State winning individual advances to National competition that is held during the National FFA Convention the end of October.

Public Relations       Mrs. Evans/ Mr. Ross
A team of between two and four FFA members develops and presents a 5-8 minute program to inform a specified target audience regarding the Texas FFA and what it represents. The presentation is developed assuming that the target audience has no knowledge of the FFA.  Team members are asked questions in response to their program following the presentation. 



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