Virtual FFA Competitions: Anything is better than nothing

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Ten months deep into quarantine, sports are just now being allowed. Unlike others, there is one club that has been able to do most of its activities. While their May competitions may be virtual, FFA is making the best of a poor situation.

“Fortunately, we’ve still been able to have our monthly chapter meetings in person which is a plus,” junior, President Cole RappĂ© said.

At the monthly meetings, the group has done everything including: free games, movie night, making tie blankets, and board games. To be allowed to meet in person, they had to follow health guidelines with hand sanitizer and masks.

“Virtual format does not provide always the best or regular experience, but we are glad that we are able to compete or participate in some way,” advisor Jerry Brockett said.

FFA has had many competitions this year, but due to COVID-19, they are having to do them over Zoom meetings or send videos to the judges.

“We had to do many of our events virtually on Zoom calls,” sophomore, Reporter Kaylin Moreland said. “For example, we had Leadership Training, and they separated us into breakout rooms and we switched between them.”

In a normal year, students would be able to go in person to different places to do these competitions. That allowed for members to meet new people and make connections with FFA members from different chapters.

“I have participated in the agronomy competition in which our team places very well,”

senior, Treasurer Austin Clark said. “I will also be participating in FFA week which is coming up at the end of February which I am very excited about.”

Members have had the opportunity to compete in Greenhand Quiz Bowl, agronomy, and job interview contests and will compete in Public Speaking soon. This semester they will participate in poultry judging, food science, and record book interviews, with more events as they get planned.

“I have competed in Greenhand Quiz Bowl, I am currently competing in the Creed Speaking contest, and plan to do the food science contest coming up,” freshman, member, Emma Pistorius said.

This isn’t an ideal situation for anyone, but FFA members are making the best they can of a difficult time.

“Anything is better than nothing,” RappĂ© said.