After a successful showing at sub-district competition on Feb. 26, the Ballard FFA sent 22 members, nine events and three district officer candidates to the South Central District Leadership Conference on March 10, at Grinnell High School. Members were successful in their events and continued to live the FFA mission: Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success.


The Conduct of Meetings team of Nicholas Edwards, Grace Hill, Carla Edleman, Isabelle Ramer, Jack Chism, Jenna Hernandez and Carson Finch were recognized as the second place team for their demonstration of official opening and closing ceremonies and parliamentary procedure. The team received a gold rating and will move onto state competition in Ames on April 22-23.


“We’re really excited to move on to state after only making it to districts last year,” said sophomore Hill. “We’re excited to work hard and continue to build our confidence as we prepare for state.”


Dana Edleman prepared her secretary’s book for competition. Her book received a gold rating and first place overall. Her book will compete with the top 12 secretary’s book from across the state in April.


Grace Long advanced from sub-district competition in the Extemporaneous Speaking Leadership Development event. At districts, she was named the district winner and will also compete at state in April.


“It (winning) validated all my hard work and the hours I spent preparing,” said Long. “It’s exciting because it’s one step closer to nationals and I can’t wait to compete at state.”


Ashley Kahler presented her six-to-eight minute prepared speech titled “Bridging the Gap Between Farmers and Consumers” to a panel of judges. She received a gold rating at both sub-districts and districts.


The Agricultural Broadcasting event asks an FFA member to prepare a five-minute radio broadcast using the materials provided. Jim Chism had 30 minutes to prepare his broadcast before presenting it to judges. He received a gold rating at sub-districts and a gold rating at districts.


The freshmen Creed Speaking event involves a greenhand or first-year member to memorize and present the FFA Creed. Emma Kielsmeier learned the five paragraphs and earned a gold rating at sub-districts and advanced to districts, where she received a silver rating.


Joseph Jordan participated in the Individual Agricultural Sales event. He received a gold rating at sub-districts and a silver rating at districts.


The Parliamentary Procedure team of Katie Bollig, Mattison Hill, Elizabeth Hyman, Caitlin Maher and Allie Pierson received a silver rating. The team was named alternate to districts after sub-district competition, and punched their ticket to districts after an advancing team decided not to compete at the district level.


Carla Edleman and Anna Russell worked diligently on the reporter’s scrapbook. Their book, which covered events the chapter has participated in since July 2017, received a bronze rating.


Sierra Knight and Jadyn Miller served as chapter delegates.


The Ballard FFA Chapter continues with their next event. The fourth annual banquet will be held on March 29 to recognize members for their accomplishments throughout the last year, enjoy a meal and participate in a work auction, where six hours of labor performed by an FFA member will be auctioned off.


The Ballard FFA Chapter was chartered on October 9, 2014 and currently provides leadership opportunities to members at local, district and state levels. The Ballard FFA Chapter makes a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more information, please visit www.ballardffa.com.