By Catlin Pauley, chapter reporter
February turned out to be a busy month for the Riverdale FFA. Catlin Pauley, Jorjani Sinsuat, Morgan Shane, and Jordan Fleming competed in the Ag Sales contest where they tried to sell their hydroponically grown herbs to the judges. Members were scored by their sales pitches and a customer service practicum where they tried to calm an angry customer. This is the first year that the chapter has participated in this contest. Congratulations to the four members with their sixth place finish at the district level.
Another contest that was held in February was the Job Interview contest. This contest gives members the knowledge and practice they need for a real job interview. Each member developed a cover letter, resume, and references, took part in a job interview, and filled out an application. Riverdale FFA swept the competition in the Junior Division at the county contest as Catlin Pauley placed 1st, Austin Frey placed 2nd, Morgan Shane placed 3rd, and Tyler Weatherholtz placed 5th. In the Senior Division of the county contest Evan Wolfe placed 1st, Bri Foreman placed 2nd, and Dakota Shane placed 5th. Both Catlin Pauley and Evan Wolfe advanced to the District contest where they placed 2nd and 4th respectively.
Members also competed in the Public Speaking Contest in February. Shantell Rowe, Julia Naus, and Kelsie Dilgard competed in the Creed Speaking division where they recited the FFA Creed in front of a judge. At the county contest Rowe placed 4th, Naus placed 3rd, and Dilgard placed 5th. Sammi Walter, Jorjani Sinsuat, and Matija Veselinovic participated in the Beginning Prepared Speech division. At the county contest Sinsuat placed 2nd, Walter placed 3rd, and Veselinovic placed 4th. In the Extemporaneous Speech division, Morgan Shane placed 7th. Sammi Walter and Morgan Shane advanced to the District contest where they both finished with a silver rating.
Another contest that members participated in was the Tractor Trouble Shooting contest. Riverdale had five teams compete. At the Cory-Rawson Invite Ty Horn and Brett Parish placed 1st. Tyler Dukes and Mitch Haugh placed 4th, Cody McCoy and Tyler Weatherholtz placed 5th, Catlin Pauley and Morgan Shane placed 17th and Mason Garmon and Jake Walter placed 20th. Horn and Parish advanced to the District contest where they placed 3rd.
The last week in February was FFA Week. Riverdale FFA members had dress attire themes for the week as well as many contests planned. Some of the contests that members participated in were tire flip, bale toss, tractor back, M&M suck, and pie eating. Most of the Chapter Officers also participated in the Wyandot County Ag Leaders Breakfast where they helped to introduce the many guests.