Mission, Texas- A member of the Veterans Memorial High School FFA Chapter, JR Martinez, traveled to Huntsville on Friday, December 1, 2017 to compete in the Texas FFA’s Leadership Career Development Events. Martinez placed 6th in his heat in the Greenhand Creed Speaking contest and ended up in the top 20 across the state out of 641 Greenhand Creed speakers.
Martinez qualified for the state competition by finishing second in one of the state’s 57 district competitions and placed second in the Area 10 competition. More the 5,500 entries began the statewide tournament in 13 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic leadership skills.
The FFA Creed outlines the FFA organizations beliefs regarding the agriculture industry. The purpose of the FFA Creed LDE is to not only develop the public speaking abilities of 7th, 8th or 9th grade members but also to help preserve the heritage of our organization through competitive performance. The creed contest allows students to begin their speaking career and develop an understanding of the history of FFA and Agriculture.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of more than 119,000 active FFA members. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions. Sam Houston State University has partnered with Texas FFA in hosting these competitions for more than 80 years.