“The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much.”
Such was one of the traditional lines spoken by more than 400 Future Farmers of America students during a Central Valley-wide FFA competition at Madera South High School earlier this week, where members were tested on their ability to confidently recite the club’s opening and closing ceremonies in front of judges and opponents.
Six-member teams — comprising the president, vice president, sentinel, reporter, treasurer and secretary customary to every FFA club — were separated by skill level from novice to advanced and filled dozens of rooms at Madera South to take part in the decades-old competition on Wednesday.
Kelcie Jones, a former statewide secretary for FFA and judge of the highest level Advanced Officer group said that the contest was about students overcoming the fear of public speaking...