February 2014 has been a very busy month for the Marion FFA Chapter. Students have participated in events such as public speaking, parliamentary procedure, receiving proficiency awards, and receiving state degrees. As mentioned in a previous post, In the public speaking competition Austin Fishback won first place in the category of Prepared Public speaking for his presentation about the ways in which agriculture can affect over population problems. Lily Nicolaides won second place in the category of Creed Speaking at the public speaking competition. The Marion FFA Chapter was the 2nd place team in the Section 24 parliamentary procedure contest, Shane Vaughn was 1st place chairman, Haley Easton was 3rd place secretary, and Alexis Baugher was 4th place floor member. In the district parliamentary procedure competition Shane Vaughn was 3rd place chairman, and Alexis Baugher was 6th place floor member.
In early March three members of the Marion FFA Chapter were 1st place proficiency award winners, Zach Smith for Diversified Ag. Production, Thomas Billingsley for Ag. Mechanics, and Ashley Walker for Equine Science-Placement. Lastly, two members of the Marion FFA Chapter, Jennifer Blankenship and Maria Ramirez, are receiving their state degrees. Both have been recommended for approval and awarding in June 2014 during the 86th Illinois State FFA Convention.