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On October 18-22, the Gilmer High FFA Parliamentary Procedure team traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete on the National level at the 89th National FFA Convention. The team consisted of : Chairperson Shelby Merrell, Secretary Sadie Lackey, Omar Raymundo, Gracie Griggs, Kylie Ellington, Holli Holder, and Sarah Herendon. These members have worked extremely hard to get to this level of the competition. Their preparation for this event started in January 2016, as they got ready to compete at the Area Level. After placing first in area, they competed in the semi-finals at State Convention and became the reining parliamentary procedure state champions. From May until the last day of competing they put everything they had into this CDE. Overall, they placed 7th in the Nation. This is the first Parliamentary Procedure team from GHS to go to Nationals.  Parli Pro is broke into a written exam using Roberts Rules of order, a 10 minute presentation, oral questions and clarification questions.  They did not make it to the final 4 but Shelby won outstanding Chairperson, Sarah placed 5th highest overall on the test and the team had the second highest average. Every member is now a certified Parliamentarian.

We are proud of the hard work and determination these individuals have. They have studied Roberts Rules in every possible moment, from the show barn, during summer, home and countless hours in the classroom Roberts Rules was always in hand. They also presented in front of The Georgia Board of Education, in front of hundreds of FFA members at the Area One Region Rally and multiple times in front of the agriculture classes.

I asked Mrs. Endsley, ” How do you feel about how these students did  throughout each stage of competition?”  She said “I am beyond excited and pleased about how well these students have done throughout each stage of the competition. Everyone who has had the opportunity to see them agrees that they are a very special and talented group of students. We were so heart broken that they did not make it to the final four! We knew they should have been there. The recognition’s they did receive, Gold Award, Top Chairperson, and 2nd highest average on the written test confirm they are a top Parliamentary Procedure team, and we are so proud of them!”

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