The Waxahachie High School FFA chapter is in full swing, recently completing competition at the district, area and state levels.

The chapter’s leadership development events include chapter conducting, farm skills, creed speaking, FFA quiz, radio broadcasting, agriculture issues, public relations and job interview.

“These contests teach FFA members vital leadership skills needed in today’s world,” a chapter spokesman said.

The Waxahachie FFA qualified three teams for the state competition, which was held at Sam Houston State University on Dec. 1.

To qualify for the state contest, teams placed first or second in their local district and then the same in the area competition. Waxahachie FFA is a member of the Corsicana FFA district and the Area VIII FFA association, which includes more than 90 schools.

The first and second place teams from the 10 areas across the state competed at the state contest.

The Waxahachie FFA senior creed speaking contest was represented by Codi Robinson, a sophomore. In this event, a member presents the FFA creed from memory and answers questions concerning its meaning and purpose.

This event is intended to boost self-confidence, earn recognition and develop powerful, organized and professional communication skills.

Robinson placed fifth at the state competition out of 640 entries.

The Waxahachie FFA radio team was a semi-finalist at the state contest, which had 574 team entries. The team members included junior Callie Sparrow and sophomores Bridgett Collins and Galen Fearis. In this contest, a three-member team presents an informational radio script concerning one or more agricultural subjects that are current in nature and local in content. The contest assumes the chapter has a regularly scheduled non-commercial radio script once each month over a local station.

The greenhand chapter conducting team placed third at state. Teams conduct a chapter meeting to demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary law and the use of parliamentary procedures. At the conclusion of the meeting, team members were asked questions regarding parliamentary law. There were 233 statewide entries. Team members are Seth Sims, Becca Bousquet, Whitney Ground, Kristi Clem, Melinda Louque, Taylor Wright, Cory Troxell, David Hale, Caroline Clifton and Chase Colwell.

Earlier this year, the chapter competed in district and area contests. District was held at Waxahachie High School on Nov. 13, with the following results:

Senior farm skills - first place - Travis Smith, Justin O’Rear, Justin Jacobs and Travis Cook.

Junior farm skills - first place - Chase Colwell, Luke Johnston, William Atkins, Ryan Odom and Natalie Kelly.

Public relations - second place - Emily Block, Terre McGinnis, Meredith Bunch and Rachel Underwood.

Senior chapter conducting - second place - Bryn Walker, Kyle Klansek, John Bousquet, Randy Haarmeyer, Damon Foster, Dillon Bradbury, Chelsey Bosher, Elizabeth Craig, Gable Brady, Meagan Klansek and Justin McKeoun.

Junior chapter conducting - second place - Seth Simms, Whitney Ground, Kristi Clem, Becca Bousquet, Melinda Louque, Cory Troxell, Emily Huddle, David Hale, Caroline Clifton and Taylor Wright

Junior creed speaking - second place - Chase Colwell

Senior creed speaking - second place - Brooke Robinson

Job interview - sixth place - Meredith Bunch

Junior quiz team - first p lace - Ryan Popp, Becca Bousquet, Kristi Clem and David Hale

Senior quiz team - third place - Meredith Backus, Kristi Hess, Tiffany Zimmerman and Stephanie Chambers

Agriculture issues - third place - Conrad Bates, Taylor Hinds, Julia Bunch, Ana Englehardt, Christine Spinks, Kaley Heflin and Vito Burnell.

Radio broadcast - first place - Callie Sparrow, Bridget Collins and Galen Fearris.

All first and second place teams advanced to the Area VIII contest at Hillsboro High School on Nov. 17, with results as follows:

Senior farm skills - fourth place - Travis Smith, Justin O’Rear, Justin Jacobs and Travis Cook.

Junior farm skills - fifth place - Chase Colwell, Luke Johnston, William Atkins, Ryan Odom and Natalie Kelly.

Public relations - fourth place - Emily Block, Terre McGinnis, Meredith Bunch and Rachel Underwood.

Senior chapter conducting - fourth place - Bryn Walker, Kyle Klansek, John Bousquet, Randy Haarmeyer, Damon Foster, Dillon Bradbury, Chelsey Bosher, Elizabeth Craig, Gable Brady, Meagan Klansek and Justin McKeoun.

Junior chapter conducting - first place - Seth Simms, Whitney Ground, Kristi Clem, Becca Bousquet, Melinda Louque, Cory Troxell, Emily Huddle, David Hale, Caroline Clifton and Taylor Wright

Junior creed speaking - third place - Chase Colwell

Senior creed speaking - first place - Brooke Robinson

Junior quiz team - third place - Ryan Popp, Becca Bousquet, Kristi Clem, David Hale

Radio broadcast - second place - Callie Sparrow, Bridget Collins, and Galen Fearris.

Waxahachie FFA received the sweepstakes award at area based on the cumulative number of points earned.