The Munford High School FFA recently placed first in both the regional and West Tennessee finals for Parliamentary Procedure and Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Second place was awarded to Covington for both contests and the two chapters will compete against each other at the FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies is a freshmen only contest in which the team is taught, as the name suggests, the proper way to open and close a meeting. The team members must take a test and are given a station, such as president, vice president, sentinel, advisor, secretary, and so forth, and must memorize their part for that station and recite it to a panel of judges.
Ashley Bringle was the proud advisor of the team. Members include Devin Chapman, Ciera Blankenship, Colton Boswell, Rachel Davenport, Mallory Gullett, Dani Wallace, Autumn Adkins, Haley Gross, Carmelita Charles, Kelsey Moss, Eric Stacey, Cody Smith and Baylee Tate.
As for Parliamentary Procedure, it is a bit more rigorous in training and the team normally consists of upper classmen. This contest requires a great deal of spur-of-the-moment thinking. Team members of must also take a test as well as conduct a mock meeting in which they are given a card with a main motion and required secondary motions, such as amending, postponing, referring, and recessing.
Each member must make two motions, debate four times, vote on and second motions in under 10 minutes and 30 seconds.At the end of the mock meeting, judges will ask the members two rounds of questions pertaining to each motion that was presented.
The advisors in charge of the team were Glenn Goulder and Ann Johnson. Team members were Alex Cherry, Noah Crosley, Cory Wright, McKenzie Manning, Alyssa Tapley and Kelsey Lumkin. Alternates were Sierra Shultz and Tara Finley.