The Southeast FFA Chapter traveled to Iola, Ks on Tuesday, March 10th to compete in the Southeast District Ag Sales Career Development Event and brought home plaques in two different divisions. Southeast had two different teams competing, one in the “B” division, which is made up of Freshman and Sophomore students, and one in the “A” division, which is made up of Juniors and Seniors. Both teams ranked 2nd in their respective contest.
The Ag Sales CDE is made-up of three components. The first component is a written test that evaluates the student’s knowledge of sales and marketing. The second component is a sales presentation where the students select an agricultural related product and works to convince a judge, role playing as a customer, to buy the product. The final component is a customer relations practicum where the student is given a scenario and, just a few minutes later, is judged on how well they handle a customer who is frustrated or upset with the product they have purchased.
On the 2nd place “A” team were Juniors Zoey Ball and Melanie Hartman, and Seniors Phillip Underwood, Jacob Zortz and Ashton Coltrane. Ball placed 4th individually, while Underwood ranked 6th and Zortz placed 11th. Ball sold Straight Arrow product “Horse ‘n Mane Shampoo”, Underwood sold a 2015 GMC Pickup, Zortz sold a custom made square bale feeder, Coltrane sold a rubberized feed bucket, and Hartman sold an automatic hopper door opener for grain trailers.
Representing Southeast on the “B” team were Freshman Hannah Williams, Laura Ridings, Daisy Burns and Wyntr Jacobs. Williams placed 7th individually, while Ridings ranked 8th and Burns finished 9th. Williams sold a Nutrena Re-usable Egg Carton, Ridings sold a gate latch for barbed wire gates, Burns sold a custom made FFA shadow box, and Jacobs sold a horse dewormer medication.
The Southeast FFA Chapter will get busy with contest again after returning from Spring Break. Fort Scott Aggie Days, Allen County Aggie Days, and NEO Aggie Days are all held the last week of March and the first week of April.