CENTENARY — Gallia Academy FFA seniors recently placed second at the district level, competing in Agricultural Sales.
With a second place ranking for the team, they will go on to compete at the state level as well.
In this contest, students are tested on their knowledge of a given product and are tasked with trying to sell that product, theoretically. The products themselves vary greatly, and can be anything that would be useful on a farm or in agricultural life. Jonas McCreedy sold a chemical mixer, Abby Jordan sold a wireless dog fence, Lexi Tailor sold a show supply kit, and Hailey Deem sold a snap lead dog leash.
Another part of the contest is their ability to make a sale and interact with possible customers. Each of the students were given a random product to try and sell to the judges and were tested on their communication skills, ability to discuss a product they may not be familiar with, and their salesmanship.
“The better prepared you are knowing the product, they better chance you’ll do well,” said Jerrod Ferguson, advisor for GAHS FFA. “I was impressed with their work on the presentation side of it to try and engage the customer.”
“Good communication skills, talking with people, learning how to handle certain situations,” said McCreedy when discussing the benefits of this contest.
Ferguson explained the benefit of this contest for the students; saying that public speaking and learning how to deal with salespeople will help students in the future.
While placing second as a team overall, McCreedy placed first individually. They are set to compete in March at the Marysville High School for the state contest.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.