Emily Kennedy: speaking her way to a FFA national championship title

Returning home from Indianapolis, Indiana, sophomore Emily Kennedy took home the gold by placing first in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Creed Speaking Competition, and she had a long road to get there.

When freshmen enter the FFA program, one of their requirements is to memorize the FFA creed. The ten-minute-long creed is about agriculture, the roots of FFA, and how the program started.

Kennedy decided that she was going to compete in the public speaking portion of FFA contests by memorizing this creed well enough to contend with other FFA members.

“I am humbled to represent both the Edmond FFA chapter and the Oklahoma FFA Association by receiving this award,” Kennedy said.

The road to Nationals consists of a local competition called a Professional Instruction group, or PI, of which there are 77 in the state. The top two placers in local PIs then move on to district competitions, where placing in the top two guarantees a spot in the state competition. The top person in each state then goes on to the national competition.

Kennedy competed against ten other students from Edmond North and 50,000 others from across the country to achieve her title as national champion.

“Through this experience I have been able to share my passion for the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, agriculture as an industry, and my faith,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy thanks her advisors, mentors, and supporters during this experience and will continue to be involved with the FFA program.  

“Emily is a shining star in our chapter,” FFA president Ashley Silvers, senior, said, “She amazes me with her natural talent and constant smile. We are blessed to call her a member of the FFA program.” 

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