On Saturday, Dec. 16, Meri Grace Carson, Aubrey Schwartz, Garrett Hagler, Adam Ginn, Kylie Pettit and Abbi Pettit traveled to the Ohio State University to compete in the State FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure finals.
To arrive at this point, they began practicing each morning before school the first week of November, learning and reviewing the contest material which consists of more than 20 abilities, 100 main motions, and 349 test questions. The team competed at the sub-district and district on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 respectively, where they won both competitions.
After taking an online exam on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and receiving the seventh-highest score, they traveled to Kathmann Hall on the OSU Agriculture campus where they began their victory by winning the first round over some of the toughest competition in the state. The win in this round moved the team on to the finals where they competed against the other four winners from the original five brackets.
At 5:30 p.m., the finals were over and the results showed that Miami Trace won the contest with a final score of 827.5. The Parli team is eligible to compete next fall at the national convention in Indianapolis.
What is parliamentary procedure? Parliamentary procedure is defined as the proper etiquette for running a business meeting smoothly and efficiently. This procedure is used in most organizations, companies and all forms of government. In the Miami Trace FFA chapter, it is commonly referred to as “Parli Pro.”
In this contest, members must properly demonstrate the use of five parliamentary abilities correctly, as well as five extra abilities, debate the main motions presented, and correctly answer questions pertaining to the use of parliamentary law. The many different abilities in parliamentary procedure are difficult to learn, but they are very valuable. They help keep meetings moving along smoothly and in an organized fashion. Congratulations to the first Miami Trace state-winning Parli Pro team since 2013.
The Miami Trace ag department is a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses.