Back row (L to R): Faith Peters, Tanner Jones, Quinten Lewis, Brandon Bothwell, Jordan Huddleston, Blake Rasmussen. Front row (L to R): Madi Condron, Alicia Kieffer, Cyrsten Lollar, Lizzie McCoy, Elizabeth Warren, Paige Peters.

On Monday, July 30, 2012 the Missouri Area II Officers held a workshop for chapter officers at the Mervin Jenkins Building at the Livingston County Fair Grounds.  The workshop focused on trying to instill a sense of drive and determination that would infect Area II FFA members and push them towards creating and achieving their goals with the “Go For Gold” theme.  The workshop consisted of the Area II Officers conducting opening ceremonies then area chapters competed in both a rituals contest, best-dressed, most creative, and Ag Olympics competitions.  The rituals contest is to see which officer team can present the official FFA opening ceremonies with the fewest flaws.  The best-dressed contest is to see with chapter officer team was dress the best as a team.  The most creative was given to the officer team with the most creative attire.  The Ag Olympics was which officer team could complete the teamwork activities the most efficiently and quickly.

Results of the competitions: Rituals – 1st place Princeton, 2nd place Chillicothe, Creative Dress – 1st place Polo, Best Dressed – 1st place Braymer, Ag Olympics – 1st place Polo.
The workshop sessions were personalized to their respective offices, challenging chapter officers to think outside the box and push the envelope as a new year starts for their chapter. The Area II officers planned and conducted the event.  The officers want to thank all those who attended the judges for the rituals contest, and HyVee for providing the day’s meal. Continue to go for gold Area II!

Story provided by Chillicothe FFA