SSCS FFA Competes in Leadership Development Events

on February 27, 2024
Group of SSCS student and their advisor in their FFA uniforms

Left to right are SSCS FFA members Madison Lynk, Payton Rullman, Maya Korona, Sophia Insogna, Jaxon Insogna, Lucas Perry and Advisor/teacher Anne Allen.

Six student members of the SSCS Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter (pictured above) competed in District 2 FFA Leadership Development events Feb. 24 in Pine Plains, Dutchess County. These events enable members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.

More than 150 FFA students competed in this set of contests. Capturing Honorable Mention honors in the People in Agriculture Posterboard category were Maya Korona, Lucas Perry, Madison Lynk, Jaxon Insogna and Payton Rullman. Sophia Insogna also earned Honor Mention in the Junior Creed Speaking event.

Moving on to the Eastern Region Substates competition in March in the Junior Prepared Speaking category was Madison Lynk. Prepared Public Speaking requires competitors to write a speech on an agricultural topic, challenging them to develop their writing and public speaking skills. At the Substates event, Madison will attempt to qualify for the New York State competition to be held later in the spring.

Accompanying the group to Pine Plains was SSCS FFA chapter Advisor and Science teacher Anne Allen. Special thanks to SSCS teachers Dan Cornwell (Math) and Dennis Strk (Social Studies) for volunteering as judges.

Through FFA Career and Leadership Development Events, participating members in grades 7 to 12 are challenged to develop critical thinking and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. Leadership events occur at the local, state and national levels.

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