The Westfall FFA Chapter recently participated in the Ohio FFA Association’s Career Development Event competition for Agricultural Communications. The team of Breanna Post, Samantha Cooper and Brad Wippel placed 5th out of 20 teams in the state
The Agricultural Communications career development event is designed to test Agricultural Education students’ abilities for writing journalism articles for agricultural publications and radio broadcasts as well as magazine layout and web design.
Team members were required to prepare a 12-page proposal for a communications project. The team developed the project using the theme of “A Taste of Pickaway County.” The proposal involved communicating to the public about locally grown food as well as area businesses. The proposal included sample news articles, press releases, brochures, spot announcements, flyers, and assessment instruments.
The teams were required to give a 15-minute presentation to a panel of three judges from the agricultural communications industry. The team developed a PowerPoint presentation for this part of the contest and all members had a part in presenting. After all teams had presented, a mock 15-minute press conference was held. Following the press conference, Post wrote a news article, Cooper produced a digital broadcast, and Wippel developed a graphic design plan based on the information in the press conference.
Team members were then required to perform an editing exercise, correcting a news article using standard editing marks and then, take a written exam on AP journalism style.
The competition was developed and sponsored by Farm and Dairy for the Ohio FFA Association.
The Westfall Agricultural Education Department is a satellite program of the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for
premier leadership, personal growth and career success
through agricultural education.
Pictured left to right: Breanna Post, Brad Wippel, Samantha Cooper