Melody Shannon, a senior at North Lamar High School, recently competed in the District FFA Leadership Development Events (LDE) at Northeast Texas Community College in Titus County. She placed second in the Senior Creed Speaking event and will advance to the area competition on Wednesday, November 15 in Marshall, Texas.
Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization. Team and individual events are used to reinforce what is taught in agricultural science classrooms.
In Creed Speaking, a member presents the FFA Creed from memory and answers questions about its meaning and purpose. This event is just one way to boost self-confidence, earn recognition, and develop powerful, organized and professional communication skills. All LDE events have elimination rounds at the district and area meets before the state level competition.