Sabetha FFA Rituals team is All-Class State Champion

Competing on the winning Ritual Demonstration CDE team were FRONT ROW (L-R) Hunter Lowdermilk, Morganne Kruse and Rebecca Craig; BACK ROW (L-R) Cody Meyer, Kamden Brownlee and Brandon Brownlee and Advisor Chris Bauerle.

Six members of the Sabetha High School FFA — Brandon Brownlee, Kamden Brownlee, Rebecca Craig, Morganne Kruse, Hunter Lowdermilk and Cody Meyer — are members of the All-Class State Champion FFA Ritual Demonstrations team. This team is the first from Sabetha to win a state title in FFA since the 1988 Livestock Judging Team.

“It is difficult to describe the excitement felt by the members after winning state,” said Chris Bauerle, Sabetha High School FFA advisor.

In the Ritual Demonstration Leadership Development Event (LDE), FFA members must demonstrate outstanding delivery and presentation skills for the FFA Opening Ceremony. Rituals Demonstration is one event of three, alongside Parliamentary Procedure Demonstration and FFA Knowledge Exam, that is considered the FFA Leadership School contest.

Bauerle said the Sabetha FFA team has been practicing for this event since the fall, when they are given the presentation script.

The team competed at the district level in the fall in an attempt to qualify for the state event. Sabetha FFA defeated 18 other schools to qualify for state.

“The Sabetha Chapter has had a very strong presence in the Rituals Demonstration for several years and has had the honor of representing the Northeast District at the State level for the past four years, making it the only school in Northeast Kansas to do so,” Bauerle said.

The team began practicing again in April for the late-May competition, Bauerle said.

The competition was held during the Opening Ceremony of the 90th Kansas FFA State Convention, held May 30 to June 1 on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Other teams placing were as follows: Rock Creek FFA, second place; Hugoton FFA, third place; and Clay Center FFA, fourth place.

FFA is different than many school organizations, as it is not divided into school size classes. Therefore, teams from smaller schools compete against teams from larger schools.

“When we compete, we are competing against chapters that have over two hundred members with up to four different advisors helping them prepare for events,” Bauerle said. “So to be named State Champion in an LDE is a tremendous accomplishment for our chapter. We have not won a state title as a team since the 1988 Livestock Judging Team coached by Mr. Gary Couchman.”

“To say that this is a historical year for our school would be a huge understatement,” Bauerle said. “The accomplishments that the high school students have received this year is unimaginable in regards to the diversity of achievements, which I feel is a great compliment to the staff members of Sabetha schools and more importantly, the amazing community support that is shown.”

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