Granite Hills High School FFA president Madison Rice and vice president Toni Lopez outside of Frontier High School gym, where the regional meeting was held. (Photo taken by Danell Daniel/Grizzly Gazette/February 26, 2012)
President and vice president of the Future Farmers of America, Madison Rice and Toni Lopez attended a regional meeting at Frontier High School in Bakersfield.
Rice and Lopez met their Agriculture teacher Mrs. Daniel in the Lowes’ parking lot at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. All three of them drove to the high school and registered for their seating.
Rice and Lopez sat in their seats and waited for the meeting to start. The current regional officers did the open ceremonies for the meeting. They then played some mixers with the candidates for the 2012-2013 regional officers.
Rice and Lopez were the two delegates that were going to vote for the new regional officers. Each candidate put on a skit and answered two different questions, one that was Ag related and one that was FFA related.
Then all the attendees went to lunch that was provided for them. They ate spaghetti, salad, a bread stick, a cookie and drank a cup of tea.
“Lunch was actually really good, I honestly thought that the it was going to taste like regular cafeteria food. The whole entire day was actually really fun,” Rice said.
All the delegates then went over the budgets for this year. Everything was voted for and discussed. Then they went through a parliamentary procedure known as parli pro.
“I liked how everyone got involved with the parli pro. It got intense at one time and I think it would be cool to bring that back to our chapter and teach all of our members to learn how to properly approach an argument like we did at the meeting,” said Lopez.
At the end of the meeting, the current officers announced the new officers for the next year. The new officers ran up on stage and took their new positions.
“I was somewhat disappointed when some of the candidates that I voted for didn’t win but I am sincerely happy to have such qualified leaders in the San Joaquin region of California FFA,” Rice said.
The new officers then took their position and closed the meeting with the closing ceremony.