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With first place at Mt. Hood District contest, advanced team moves on to state competition

COURTESY PHOTO: MACKENZIE BEHRLE - All of Molalla's Ag Sales team members are pictured here.COURTESY PHOTO: MACKENZIE BEHRLE - The advanced Ag Sales team members from Molalla are from left, Clay Sperl, McKenna Salvetti, Emilie Mendoza and Cypress Barrett.

Molalla FFA Chapter's Ag Sales teams competed in the Mt. Hood District contest on Nov. 14, and two of the teams came away with first place. Several individuals also placed highly in the competition.

Under Adviser Mackenzie Behrle, Molalla FFA took three teams to the competition: a beginning team, an advanced B team and an advanced A team.

The results are as follows.

Advanced A Team- 1st place

Clay Sperl- 1st overall individual

Cypress Barrett- 2nd overall individual

Emilie Mendoza- 11th overall individual

McKenna Salvetti- 13th overall individual

Beginning Team- 1st place

Tony Morfin- 1st overall individual

Elena Litchfield- 2nd overall individual

Theo Nunn- 4th overall individual

Cole Beyer- 5th overall individual

Advanced B Team- 5th place

Cori Oster- 8th overall individual

Ethan Dennis- 14th overall individual

Alyza Hartley- 18th overall individual

Natalee Litchfield- 22nd overall individual

With the advanced A team's win, they will move on to the state competition held in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 23 (after The Pioneer has gone to press).

"This is one of my first individual successes in an FFA event, so it was almost a stun and I was not expecting it (to win 1st individual overall)," Sperl said. "I am so proud of my entire team and am excited to prepare for the upcoming state competition."COURTESY PHOTO: MACKENZIE BEHRLE - The high scorers are from left, Cypress Barrett, Clay Sperl, Tony Morfin and Elena Litchfield.

The Ag Sales contest is complicated and includes individual and team portions. It consists of a 50-question comprehensive knowledge test covering sales, business and marketing; a sales presentation where students sell products to judges in a mock sales call; and individual practicums including advertising, telephone ordering, cold calls or customer relations.

"I was so shook after taking my test, and especially after my sale," said first-time FFA competitor Elena Litchfield. "I thought to myself, 'Oh no, I didn't make her laugh enough.' But when Ms. Behrle came over to me with a smile on her face and a pat on my shoulder she goes, 'You are going to be happy,' I was even more nervous. I just wanted to make everyone proud.

"But when they called my name for 2nd place overall," Elena continued, "I had a gleaming smile one my face. And I'm happy that my team won 1st place and we did it together and I am proud of that."

Additionally, the advanced A team competes in a team event made up of three parts. According to Behrle, students are given a marketing scenario, such as an idea for a new product, and they have 10 minutes to brainstorm in front of the judges. Students are scored on cooperation and organization of thought. The students then have 30 minutes to prepare a 15-minute marketing presentation and slideshow. Of course, then they present in front of the judges and then they answer questions for five minutes.

"I am especially proud because for four of these kiddos, this is their very first contest in FFA," Behrle said, "and for three of them, they have been working double duty preparing for this contest and just competed at the national level less than two weeks ago in a different event."

Behrle encourages anyone who sees any of these kiddos to congratulate them on a successful night for Molalla FFA.

Kristen Wohlers
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