County FFA public speaking contest results
Meyersdale Area High School's FFA Chapter won first place in parliamentary procedure during the Somerset County FFA Speech Contest. The Meyersdale members are from left, front row: Cheyenne Saumier, Briann Hoyman, Katie Cochran (alternate). Middle row: Katelin Michael, Courtney Brant, Sarah Cochran (alternate). Back row: Taylor Brady, Brittany Arnold. (Submitted photo)
Berlin, Meyersdale, Somerset and Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC) students competed against one another in extemporaneous, creed, senior prepared, junior prepared, conservation and parliamentary procedure contests throughout the morning. The students who placed above third will compete at the regional FFA competition.
The advisers for the chapters are Dan Miller, Berlin; Doreen Jamison, Meyersdale; Dan Overdorff, Somerset; and Rob Harrold, Somerset County Technology Center (SCTC).
In the extemporaneous speaking contest, Eli Penny, Berlin, won first place, followed by Eric Darr, Berlin, in second; J.R. Hemminger, Somerset, third; Austin Weyant, Berlin, fourth; and Kyle Weaver, Somerset, fifth.
The judges for the extemporaneous speaking contest were Jennifer Mapes, Penn State University (PSU) Collegiate FFA; Luke Dowdy, youth pastor at Berlin Brethren Church; and Keith Hay, Milk Marketing Board.
Jennifer Martin, Berlin, took first place in the conservation speaking contest. Abby Noll, Somerset, came in second, while Chelsey Shaffer, Somerset, placed third. Kelsey Phillippi, Somerset, came in fourth; Noah Smith, Berlin, placed fifth; and Collin Belcher, Berlin, sixth. The judges for conservation were Keith Largent, Don Williams and Susan Moon, Somerset County Conservation District staff.
In the Junior Prepared contest, Kirsten Ohler, Berlin, took first place, followed by Anna Hostetler, Somerset, in second; Cody Lenart, Tech Center, third. Judges for junior prepared were Margie Deaner and Susan McCoy from the Berlin School District.
In the senior prepared division, Courtney Brant, Meyersdale, took first place, followed by Mitch Hoffman, Tech Center, in second; Hannah Watkins, Berlin, third; Max Howard, Berlin, fourth; Craig Lotinsky, Berlin, fifth; Seth Landis, Somerset, sixth; Brady Bumgardner, Somerset, seventh; Roy Laskoski, Somerset, eighth; and Will Swope, Tech Center, ninth.
The judges for senior prepared were Jim Harrold, retired forestry instructor and FFA adviser from Tech Center, and his wife, Barb Harrold of Somerset Trust Co. and Kevin Bittner, a Berlin FFA alumni and former state FFA officer.
In the creed speaking contest, Julia Hay, Somerset, took first place honors, while Devan Thomas, Berlin, took second place, followed by Autumn Bridges, Somerset, in third; Tarin Shaulis, Berlin, fourth; Tyler DeArmitt, Berlin, fifth.
Judges for the creed contest were Cecil Lohr; Larry Cogan, Hilltop Growers; and Kasey Rishel, PSU Collegiate FFA member.
The parliamentary procedure team that took first place honors was the Meyersdale team including members Cheyenne Saumier, Briann Hoyman, Katelin Michael, Courtney Brant, Taylor Brady, Brittany Arnold and alternates, Sarah Cochran and Katie Cochran.
In parliamentary, Berlin came in second, Somerset in third and Tech Center in fourth. Judges for the parliamentary procedure team were four PSU Collegiate FFA members.