Submitted by Baker FFA Reporter, Melissa Foltz
On December 5th, Lisa Finley, Jackie Sanders, Gussie Cook, Rory Scilacci, and Danielle McCauley of the Baker FFA traveled to Ontario to compete in a state-wide competition of Veterinary Science. The Baker chapter members have practiced various clinical practicums as well as handling and restraints. Eight out of the 50 practicums were put to the test this Saturday. Included in the CDE (Career Development Event), is a math section. The team must complete this part using conversions and real veterinary science problems. The writing portion of Vet Science consists of a scenario that a veterinarian might find in the workplace. The FFA member must then find a solution and write a summary of how the problem is solved within a limited amount of time. Finally, the team of five must present a team presentation in less than 15 minutes in front of several judges. The presentation topic varies every year. The topic chosen for this year was Salmonellosis. The Baker FFA has practiced the team problem prior to competition, but must be knowledgeable about the given idea of salmonellosis for any questions that may be asked by the judges. Overall, the Baker FFA Vet Science team took home 7th place. The top two individuals were Dani McCauley at 13th and Gussie Cook at 25th out of a total 75 FFA member from across the state of Oregon. The Vet Science team went home with more experience in the field of Veterinary Science and are excited to compete in next year’s competition.
Submitted by Baker FFA Chapter Reporter, Melissa Foltz
Baker FFA members polished their skills in salesmanship, customer service, and job interviewing to prepare for the District Agriculture Sales Career Development Event, also hosted by the Baker FFA on Wednesday, December 9th. Ag Sales consists of multiple sections such as customer relations, telephone, prospecting, advertising, sales presentation, and job interview. FFA members worked through the separate practicums whether it was solving a problem for a customer, ordering products over the phone, or even reaching out to a potential customer. For some, this is a familiar experience, but for the greenhand teams, this is a brand new atmosphere. The Job Interview competition was held in conjunction with the District Ag Sales event. Sixteen individuals participated in this event and competed for the top six positions which will then move on to the districts in February. Throughout the day, the Baker FFA members were able to use their knowledge of not only sales but experience in agriculture as well. At the end of the competition-filled day, the Baker chapter brought home two second place banners for both the greenhand and advanced teams. Baker FFA members who participated were: (Job Interview) Melissa Foltz, Kourtney Lehmen, Morgan Scilacci; (Advanced Team) Jake Bobo, Ashley Brinton, Gussie Cook,Duncan Mackenzie, Lynsey Harris, Christian Oliver, Alicia Maldonado, Christina Maldonado, Delaney VanArsDall, Shaylee Villastrago; (Greenhand Team) Colton Anderson, Clay Christman, Quinn Coomer, Emma Finley, Reno Hammond, Lexie Harrell, Connor Lay, Hannah Metz, Kaden Sand, Paetyn Werner.
-1st Advertising: Shaylee Villastrago
-2nd Sales Presentation: Gussie Cook
-3rd Prospecting: Jake Bobo
-1st Advertising: Hannah Metz
-2nd Advertising: Kaden Sand
-1st Sales Presentation: Paetyn Werner
-2nd Sales Presentation: Lexie Harrell
-Kourtney Lehman and Melissa Foltz move on to districts in February.