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3 | Convention Schedule 4 | Convention Hotel 6 | General Information 8 | Special Events 10 | Convention Lodging 13 | Convention Registration 15 | Delegate Responsibilities 16 | Convention Opportunities 17 | CDEs at Convention


Dear FFA Advisors, Members, and Guests, The annual state FFA convention is truly a week that absolutely everybody should experience. FFA members come together to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Honoring past and present accomplishments, FFA members, along with advisors, alumni, parents and supporters, will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and lead our organization to new heights. While at the convention, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers, award presentations, exciting exhibits, challenging career development events, and plenty of entertaining activities. Attendees can take a stroll through the FFA Career and Trade Show in search of the perfect career connection, attend a workshop to brush up on those leadership skills, or simply interact and share ideas with FFA members and advisors from across the state. The 86th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo will undoubtedly be a week absolutely everybody should experience. The Advisor’s Planning Guide is designed to help introduce your chapter to a new adventure in premier leadership, personal growth and career success at state convention. As always, convention will be packed with can’t-miss opportunities from helping chart policy and electing state officers to receiving recognition for outstanding achievements and sharing ideas with members from across the state. You make up the most dynamic youth organization in the world, and we know Orlando is looking forward to meeting you! Sincerely,

Ronnie Simmons Executive Director Florida FFA Association

Amy McAllister State FFA Advisor Florida Department of Education


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8:00 am - 6:00 pm Convention Registration 10:00 am Career Development Events • MS Opening and Closing Ceremonies CDE Preliminaries • MS Prepared Public Speaking CDE Preliminaries 1:00 pm State Officer Candidate Luncehon (Candidates only) 3:00 pm Career Development Events • Agribusiness Management CDE • Agricultural Education CDE - Finals • Creed Speaking CDE - Preliminaries • MS Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE Preliminaries • Job Interview CDE - Phone Interview 3:00 pm Delegate Orientation (State Officer Candidates, Distict, Sub-District, and Federation Officers only) 5:30 pm HS Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE Preliminaries 6:00 pm Career Development Events • Job Interview CDE - Personal Interview • MS Opening and Closing Ceremonies CDE Finals • Parliamentary Procedure CDE - Written Exam (MS & HS) • MS Prepared Public Speaking CDE - Finals

TUESDAY, JULY 1

8:00 am Day of Service - Shifts A & B (Tentative) 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Convention Registration 8:00 am Career Development Events • MS Agricultural Electrification Essay CDE - Finals • Creed Speaking CDE - Finals • Job Interview CDE - Finals • MS Parliamentary Procedure CDE - Preliminary • HS Prepared Public Speaking CDE - Preliminary 10:00 am - 6:00 pm • Day of Service Food Weigh-in • Harvest of Change Weigh-in 11:00 am MS Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE - Finals 12:00 pm Day of Service - Shifts C & D (Tentative) 12:00 pm CDE Judges Luncheon (Judges only) 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Career Show Load-In 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm FFA Shopping Mall 1:00 pm HS Parliamentary Procedure CDE Preliminary 2:00 pm Courtesy Corps Meeting Talent Meeting 3:00 pm HS Extemporaneous Public Speaking Finals 3:30 pm Delegate Committee Hearings 4:30 pm Delegate Committee Meetings 4:30 pm Past State Officers’ and Past Agricultural Educators’ Reception 5:00 pm HS Prepared Public Speaking CDE - Finals 7:00 PM - FIRST GENERAL SESSION • Reflections • Welcome • Invocation - Clayton Willis, Past State President • Roll Call and Seating of Delegates • Minutes of the 85th State FFA Convention • National Winner Recognition • Introduction of State Officer Candidates • Past State Officer Recognition • John T. Denmark Scholarship • Keynote Address • Convention Guidelines

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Convention Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

7:00 am Courtesy Corps Breakfast 7:00 am Agriscience Fair Set-up 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Convention Registration 8:00 am Leadership Workshops for Members and Advisors 8:00 am Career Development Events • Agricultural Issues CDE • HS Parliamentary Procedure CDE - Finals 8:30 AM - SECOND GENERAL SESSION • Premier Chapter Award Recognition • National Chapter Award Recognition • Retiring Address • Middle School CDE Parade of Champions 9:30 am Leadership Workshops for Members and Advisors 10:00 am Delegate Business Session 10:00 am Parliamentary Procedure CDE - Finals (MS) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Career Show and FFA Shopping Mall 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Day of Service Food Weigh-in 11:00 am Leadership Workshops for Members and Advisors 12:00 pm Agrsicence Fair Judging 1:00 PM - THIRD GENERAL SESSION • 100% Membership Recognition • Membership Growth Reognition • New Chapter Recognition • Retiring Address • High School CDE Parade of Champions 1:30 pm Leadership Workshops for Members and Advisors 2:30 pm Advisor Meeting 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Career Show Reception (Advisors only) 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Agriscience Fair Results Announcement 7:00 PM - FOURTH GENERAL SESSION • Presidential Candidate Speeches • State Officer Advisor Recognition • Retiring Address • Agriscience Fair Awards • Creed Speaking CDE Awards • Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE Awards • Opening Closing Ceremonies CDE Awards • Parliamentary Procedure CDE Awards • Prepared Public Speaking CDE Awards • National Officer Candidate Remarks - Matthew Cantrell, Past State Secretary

THURSDAY, JULY 3

8:00 am - 7:00 pm Convention Registration 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Career Show and FFA Shopping Mall 8:00 am FAAE Meeting 8:00 am Leadership Workshops for Member and Advisors 9:00 AM - FIFTH GENERAL SESSION • Vice Presidential Candidate Speeches (Areas 1-3) • Chapter Cooperative Award • Chapter SAE Award • Vice Presidential Candidate Speeches (Areas 4-6) • Retiring Address • Proficiency Awards (A-E)

9:30 am Leadership Workshops for Members and Advisors 11:00 am Delegate Voting and District Meetings 1:00 PM - SIXTH GENERAL SESSION • Nutrients for Life Awards • Fresh from Florida Advocacy Awards • Ryan Rimmer Outstanding District Officer Award • Retiring Address • Proficiency Awards (F-Z) 3:00 pm Stars of Florida Reception 4:00 PM - SEVENTH GENERAL SESSION • Florida FFA Foundation Report • Sponsor Recognition • Harvesting Change Awards • Blue and Gold Awards • Presentation of the FFA Creed • Distinguished Service Citations • Honorary FFA Degree Ceremony • Retiring Address • Stars of Florida Ceremony • National Officer Remarks - Brian Walsh, National FFA President 5:30 pm UF Ag. Education Institute (by invitation only) 5:30 pm Florida FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Dinner 6:00 pm State Officer Parent and Advisor Dinner 6:30 pm Florida FFA Alumni Annual Meeting and Reception 8:00 pm Florida FFA Alumni Live Auction and Social 9:00 pm Florida FFA Mega Party

FRIDAY, JULY 4

7:30 am State FFA Degree Reception and Line-up 8:00 am - 11:00 am FFA Shopping Mall 8:00 am - 1:30 pm Convention Registration 8:30 AM - EIGHTH GENERAL SESSION • Florida FFA Alumni Report • Outstanding Alumni Affiliate Award • Alumni Essay Contest Awards • L.O. Baldwin Scholarship • Florida Department of Agriculture Scholarships • Florida Association of Agricultural Educators (FAAE) Report • FAAE Outstanding FFA Member • Retiring Address • American Degrees Introduction • State Degree Ceremony • Day of Service Recognition 11:30 AM - NINTH GENERAL SESSION • Sub-District and District Officer Installation • Courtesy Corps Recognition • State Officer Scholarships • State Officer Parent Recognition • Retiring Address - Megan Stein, State President • New State Officer Announcement • Convention in Review • State Officer Installation • Year in Review 2:00 pm New State Officer and Parent Reception


convention hotel Caribe Royale Orlando Here among our more than 53 lush, tropical acres, guests will discover 1,218 spacious, well-appointed onebedroom suites, 120 luxurious two-bedroom lakeside villas, expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality and service, and a wealth of desirable dining options and hotel amenities that will appeal to both families and business professionals alike. And it all can be found just minutes from the area’s world famous theme parks and attractions.


Contact Information

Chapter and Guest Reservations

Caribe Royale Orlando 8101 World Center Drive Orlando, Florida 32821 Phone: 407-238-8000 Fax: 407-238-8088 Web: http://www.cariberoyale.com

For more detailed information regarding room rates and reservations, please see the Lodging Rates and Reservations section of the guide. Toll Free: 888-258-7501 Fax: 407-238-8088 Email: reservations@cariberoyale.com CLICK TO RESERVE YOUR ROOMS ONLINE 5


General Info Attendance

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Attendance at the State FFA Convention is open to all bona-fide FFA members, advisors, parents, sponsors, alumni members and special guests. All FFA members must be accompanied (at all times) by an appointed school district representative. Students will not be allowed to register without their FFA advisor. There is no limit on the number of convention attendees that a chapter may bring.

The Caribe Royale Orlando and surrounding area offer plenty of food options. There will be specially priced food options available in the hotel eating areas.

Award Recognition All first place state winning Career Development Event (CDE) team members and all high individuals will be recognized on stage. One individual and one advisor from the second through fifth place teams will also be recognized on stage. It is important for ALL award winners and finalists to report to the award line-up room 30 minutes prior to the session in which you will receive your award. FFA members and advisors who are award winners that are recognized on stage will also be asked to visit the Convention Media Room after their award announcement or during a scheduled time. Members will participate in interviews that will be used to create press releases, videos, feature stories and more.

Convention Guidelines Proper behavior is imperative at the FFA Convention. It will be the advisor’s responsibility to ensure curfew adherence and that members who attend the convention attend each session. Careful selection of those members to attend convention is essential for a successful and meaningful event. All FFA members who attend the convention must be properly and adequately chaperoned and dressed. Adequately chaperoned is defined as one adult for every six students. We will not register students without an advisor or chaperone. We will not register students from a chapter without permission from the school and without an appointed school district representative in attendance. Convention lodging policy permits five (5) person maximum occupancy in convention suites and seven (7) person maximum occupancy in villas. Chapters found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to additional room charges.


Curfew Students are expected to be in their rooms with the lights out and quiet by 11:30 p.m. each night, unless otherwise noted in the convention program. Students will need their sleep. In addition, we ask that you check your students’ rooms periodically after curfew to insure that they are adhering to curfew policy. Hotel security has been instructed to contact the state staff with any complaints. Chapters found to be in violation of curfew policies, and/or disrespecting other guests or hotel property will be terminated from the convention at once, at the expense of the chapter/school. All convention policy violations will be reported to school principal and superintendent.

Convention Dress Code All student attendees should be in Official Dress. Any FFA member going on stage must be in Official Dress. The Courtesy Corps and advisors will be monitoring dress at the entrances to the convention hall. Florida FFA reserves the right to limit convention participation for students not in proper Official Dress, as outlined in the Official FFA Manual. Advisors and adults should wear appropriate business attire at all times.

OFFICIAL DRESS FOR FEMALE MEMBERS • • • •

Black skirt White collared blouse Official FFA blue scarf Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe • Off-Black or Black nylon hosiery • An official FFA jacket zipped to the top

OFFICIAL DRESS FOR MALE MEMBERS • • • • • •

Black slacks White collared shirt Official FFA tie (no bow ties) Black dress shoes Black socks An official FFA jacket zipped to the top

Note: the skirt is to be at least knee-length, hemmed evenly across the bottom, with a slit no higher than two inches above the knee, excluding the kick pleat. Black slacks may be appropriate for traveling and outdoor activities as outlined in the safety exceptions. 7


Special Events


Day of Service

FFA Mega Party

Florida FFA is seeking students and teachers from across the state to uphold the gold standards that our organization is known for by taking part in one of the largest civic engagement events ever held within Florida FFA. During the Florida FFA State Convention, one of the premier activities for young leaders to participate in is the annual Florida FFA Day of Service. The Day of Service will have a huge impact on the city of Orlando and the entire state of Florida. While participating, FFA members will provide service to the community through a partnership with America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. There are four opportunities for students to volunteer in the community. Transportation to and from each site will be provided. Day of Service registration must be completed using the online convention registration system. (Locations and times are subject to change.)

On Thursday evening, July 3, convention attendees can enjoy their evening, either at the FFA Dance or the FFA Alumni Auction & Social! Bigger and better than ever, students can dance the night away at the annual FFA Dance with a live DJ! This social gathering is sure to keep students entertained while while others guests enjoy the FFA Alumni Activities. Attendees can purchase tickets for $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the time of registration online or onsite at convention. Full convention registration is required to purchase tickets.

SHIFT A (FOOD BANK) will depart Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and go directly to Americas Second Harvest Food Bank. SHIFT B (FOOD BANK) will depart Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and go directly to Americas Second Harvest Food Bank. SHIFT C (FOOD BANK) will depart Tuesday morning at 12:30 p.m. and go directly to Americas Second Harvest Food Bank. SHIFT D (FOOD BANK) will depart Tuesday morning at 12:30 p.m. and go directly to Americas Second Harvest Food Bank.

Career and Trade Expo Whether you are looking for a college or university, a chapter fundraiser or a potential career in agribusiness, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the expo! Along with the trade show, you will also find the FFA Food Court, FFA Shopping Mall, and the Talent Stage. We will continue the ever-popular “Teachers’ Only” reception that will give teacehrs one-on-one time with each of our exhibitors. This is valuable time we know you appreciate. CAREER AND TRADE SHOW HOURS Wednesday, July 2: 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3: 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. TEACHERS’ RECEPTION Wednesday, June 12, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Convention Lodging


Lodging Rates

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In addition to our 5-person Standard Suites, Villas with The online form must be submitted online by May full Kitchens will also be available in the convention 15. Arrivals without confirmed reservations and/or block. Rates are as follows: reservations received after the cut-off date are subject to room availability. Hotel registration will take place $150 PER STANDARD SUITE – 5 PERSON MAXIMUM separately from convention registration. $325 PER VILLA – 7 PERSON MAXIMUM

Chapter Reservations The Chapter Housing Form is completely online this year. For chapter reservations, FFA Advisors will need to reserve rooms using the Group Reservations Page. You will be required to submit a credit card that will only be used to hold your reservation and WILL NOT be charged. You may also choose to pay with a credit card. You MUST provide a copy of the schools tax certificate at the time of check in order to be taxexempt. Tax-exempt status applies to any of the accommodations being paid by a check printed with a school or school district’s name on it or a school’s credit card with the school or school district’s name on it. Please advise the front desk that you are tax exempt upon check-in. Arrivals without confirmed reservations and reservations received after the cut-off date are subject to room availability. If the number of rooms you require changes after you send in the reservation form, contact the hotel immediately. An updated housing form with updated information might be required. Hotel registration will take place separately from convention registration.

Individual Reservations Individuals such as school officials, alumni members, sponsors, special guests (VIP), and exhibitors may choose to make their personal reservations by phone using a credit card. For individuals reservations, please call the Caribe Royale Reservation Agents at 888258-7501 and request the Florida Future Farmers of America Group. Please indicate to the reservations agent you are one of the following: Alumni, Sponsor, Special Guest (VIP), or Exhibitor.

Check Out Chapter accounts will be available for viewing on Thursday evening to enable you to check your bill before you go to check-out. This will eliminate the long check-out lines on the final day of convention.

Telephone Usage Local phone calls made from your room at the Caribe Royale Orlando will be surcharged, even if there is no answer. We recommend that your students make calls from the pay phones in the convention center. In addition, ONLY advisors are authorized to have outside phone service turned on in the rooms.

All checks should be made payable to: Caribe Royale All Suites Hotel. Hotel address and contact information are listed below. Caribe Royale All Suites & Convention Center 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando FL 32821 Attn: Reservations Department Toll Free: 888-258-7501 Fax: 407-238-8088 Email: reservations@cariberoyale.com

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Room Conditions The cleaning of rooms for youth sponsored events can cause additional work on the part of the hotel staff. We would encourage you to visit with your members about keeping their rooms picked up. Please remember proper etiquette for lodging (i.e. tips, courtesy, etc.). In addition, each chapter will be responsible for signing a room damage waiver holding the chapter/school responsible for any room damages up to $300.00 maximum.

Curfew Students are expected to be in their rooms with the lights out and quiet by 11:30 p.m. each night, unless otherwise noted in the convention program. Students will need their sleep. In addition, we ask that you check your students’ rooms periodically after curfew to insure that they are adhering to curfew policy. Hotel security has been instructed to contact the State Advisor, Executive Secretary and convention staff with any complaints. Chapters found to be in violation of curfew policies, and/or disrespecting other guests or hotel property will be terminated from the convention at once, at the expense of the chapter/school. All convention policy violations will be reported to school principal and superintendent.

Changes/Cancellations Cancellations must be made with the hotel a minimum of 72 hours prior to arrival. Cancellation fees may apply. There are no refunds on convention attendee registration.


Convention Registration How do I register? Advisors can register their chapters in advance online at a discounted rate or onsite at the full convention price. Using the online registration system, payment methods will include VISA, MASTERCARD, or school check. Those attendees pre-registered online will be permitted to use the EXPRESS registration line to pick up registration materials at the convention. Chapters who will choose to pay by school check should mail all payments to the Florida FFA Association office postmarked by May 15. If you feel that your convention registration will not arrive in time, please do not send it. Instead, bring a copy of your registration confirmation and payment to the Express line at convention. Those chapters not using the online convention registration system must enter the ONSITE registration line and take the time to fill out the proper paperwork onsite. Attendees registering onsite will incur additional registration fees per attendee. We will not be responsible for your payment and registration forms being lost in the mail. Please DO NOT send your student permission forms in the mail. Permission forms must be presented upon arrival.

CLICK TO REGISTER YOU CHAPTER ONLINE ONSITE REGISTRATION HOURS Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The registration fee will be $90.00 per person (online) or $110.00 per person (onsite) for any chapter that does not stay at the convention hotel (except those chapters within a 30 mile radius). As you know, the Florida FFA Association is able to offer the lowest student convention registration fee in the state based on an agreement with the hotel for a certain number of rooms used. Your choice to stay at the convention hotel insures that this is possible. *If you have additional registrations after your first submission, please contact the Florida FFA office for additional information you will need to update your registration. There are no refunds for convention registration.

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Registration Fees

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The convention registration staff works hard to expedite the convention registration process. It is required that all attendees register at the main registration desk. There are multiple rates for convention registration. Please see the chart below. Upon registration, each attendee will get a commemorative convention button or single session ticket. A button or ticket will be required in order to enter the convention hall and other areas of convention. Each attendee will have to pass through a “gate” area outside of the convention hall and badges will be checked. Any member or attendee that does not have a button will be invited to visit the registration desk to purchase a replacement badge before being allowed to enter the convention hall. Replacement badges will only be issued to those attendees that have already registered. Fees are non-refundable . All payments are due at time of check in. If payment is not received at check-in, a credit card will be necessary to secure conference attendance. DESCRIPTION

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Online Convention Registration Advisors, Members, Delegates and Guests (with rooms in the FFA block):

$45

Online Convention Registration Advisors, Members, Delegates and Guests (without rooms in the FFA block)

$90

Onsite Convention Registration Advisors, Members, Delegates and Guests (with rooms in the FFA block)

$55

Onsite Convention Registration Advisors, Members, Delegates and Guests (without rooms in the FFA block)

$110

Single Session Ticket (families, sponsors, invited guests – NOT AVAILABLE for current FFA members and advisors)

$15

Student Permission Form

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The Florida FFA Emergency Medical Form, which also includes the Waiver of Liability, Personal Conduct Agreement and Promotional Release (Permission Form) is the only form required for students to attend. This form must be completed and must be presented at the event registration. DO NOT mail the Permission Form to the State FFA office prior to convention. All signatures are required at the time of submission. Please note that this document must also be notarized. Students will not be permitted to register/attend convention without this documentation on file.

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Delegate Responsibilities Official Delegate Responsibilities and Requirements There should be two delegates from your chapter in the appropriate place whenever business is being conducted at the convention. This includes delegate committee meetings, district meetings, business sessions, campaign sessions as well as general sessions. Please remember that you must have submitted the Quality Chapter Report and be certified as a Quality Chapter by May 15 in order to seat voting delegates at the Florida FFA Convention. COMMITTEE 1: RE-ESTABLISH THE VALUE OF SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCES The purpose of the committee to re-establish the value of supervised agricultural experiences is to better inform FFA members of the benefits, rewards, importance, diversity, and impact of supervised agricultural experiences, as well as, increase participation in proficiency applications. COMMITTEE 2: ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH The purpose of the committee is to increase membership by exposing the values of the FFA to all agricultural education students. COMMITTEE 3: FFA INVOLVEMENT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL The purpose of the committee is to improve the connection between the community, organizational stakeholders, and active FFA members to increase and understand the involvement of collegiate, alumni, and honorary membership.

COMMITTEE 4: RE-ESTABLISH THE VALUE OF OFFICIAL DRESS The purpose of the committee is to evaluate the significance of Official Dress in the appropriate setting and educate on the importance of proper attire and behavior in Official Dress and seek potential options to increase availability of Official Dress. COMMITTEE 5: AGRICULTURE EDUCATION RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION The purpose of the committee is to discover new ways to promote and advocate for the agricultural education profession by evaluating monetary incentives and rewards given at the state level to FFA advisors as well as creating awareness of the career opportunity. COMMITTEE 6: PROMOTING AGRICULTURAL LITERACY The purpose of the committee is to develop methods to better educate the general public about the agricultural industry.

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Convention Opportunities How can we help?

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CONVENTION COURTESY CORPS Courtesy Corps members will assist the convention staff with awards, CDE coordination, and arena logisitics. Serving as a Courtesy Corps member is a prestigious honor and rewarding experience. Selected members will be notified and wil be required to attend a mandatory meeting at the beginning of convention.

contacts will be made by June 1. Hotel accomodations will be provided for all staff and workshop presenters. A stipend may be offered to staff members, depending on the area of responsibility. Workshop presenters will be reimbursed for workshop supplies based on prior approval from state staff. Some meals will be provided for convention staff members.

CONVENTION TALENT Members will be selected to showcase their talent during a general session or various other events and stages at convention. If chosen, the member will perform at the time assigned to him/her and will provide the accompanying equipment (except for piano) for his/her performance. For those acts chosen to perform during a general session, Official Dress is required unless otherwise approved. Please note that there will not be a Talent Show this year at convention and selected members will only perform during assigned general sessions and various other events at convention.

CONVENTION MEDIA ROOM Florida FFA is seeking college students in agricultural communications, telecommunications, public relations, journalism or a closely related field to work behind the scenes facilitating media relations during the annual state FFA convention and leadership conference.

CONVENTION STAFF OR WORKSHOP PRESENTER Convention staff will assist in the initial setup of the convention arena, office and various other event locations. Additionally, staff members will be responsible for executing various duties during convention as selected. Presenters will conduct a specified number of workshops as scheduled. Upon selection, convention staff will be notified by email. All

Upon selection, mediaroom staff will be notified by email. All contacts will be made by May 15. Hotel accomodations and most meals will be provided for all media room staff.

Application Deadlines May 1 - Courtesy Corp, Talent Applications (announced by May 15) May 1 - Staff, Media Room Applications (announced by June 1) *See Official FFA Calendar for details.


CDEs at Convention Congratulations to advancing to state finals and experiencing success in one or more of our states 48 Career Development Events! We are honored to have you participate in this year’s state events and hope that your experience will be both fun and rewarding. TEAM CERTIFICATIONS In order to help gather team information such as team member and Advisor/coaches names, we ask that you use the online certification form to certify to your team by June 1st. If for any reason one of your original certified CDE team members cannot participate in the event, the chapter advisor may notify the Florida FFA Association to make the appropriate changes by Friday, June 13th. Changes that need to be made after June 13th may be made at the Convention office upon your arrival in Orlando.

One individual and an Advisor/coach from the 2nd through 5th place teams, the state high individual, all team members and the Advisor/Coach of the 1st place teams for CDEs will recognized on stage during the second and third sessions of the convention. This does not include the leadership CDEs that occur at Convention. Thursday, July 3rd – 4:00 PM – Sixth General Session The top four individuals/teams and their Advisor/ coach will be recognized for the Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Parliamentary Procedure, Prepared Public Speaking & Job Interview CDEs on stage during the sixth session of the convention. All award winners and Advisors/coaches are to report to the awards holding room 30 minutes prior to the session in which they are being recognized.

OFFICIAL DRESS GENERAL REMINDERS All team members are expected to be in Official Dress for • You must be a registered convention attendee in the both the competition and the awards presentation. order to compete in a CDE held at the State FFA Please refer to the Florida FFA CDE Handbook for Convention. complete Official Dress guidelines. All CDEs held at • Students are encouraged to eat a healthy meal Convention are indoor events for Official Dress purposes. before participating in all events. • No one will be permitted in the CDE holding NEW – EVENT FORMATS rooms except the contest officials. There shall Starting this year, all leadership CDEs will have both a be no communication among the contestants preliminary and final event. These events include: and anyone else except as directed by the CDE • Middle/High School Parliamentary Procedure coordinator while the event is in progress. It is • Middle/High School Prepared Public Speaking prohibited for Advisors or anyone else to interfere • Middle/High School Extemporaneous Public with, interrupt or distract a contestant while Speaking the event is in progress. If there is an obvious • Creed Speaking and flagrant infraction of this rule, the event • Opening & Closing Ceremonies coordinator has the authority to disqualify the • Job Interview violator from competition. • Participants will not be allowed to utilize personal Preliminary events will begin the morning of Monday, electronic devices, other than those approved by June 30th. All finals will be held in Finals Hall located the event officials, during the entire course of the in Antigua 1. Results from all preliminary CDEs will be event. Participants who access personal electronic posted in the CDE information area located outside of devices without prior approval of the event the Convention office. officials will be disqualified. • Any issues should be brought to the attention to AWARDS RECOGNITION the CDE coordinator. All CDE award winners will be recognized in one of • The judge’s decisions are final. three general convention sessions: • Score sheets will not be returned. Feedback may • Wednesday, July 2nd – 8:30 AM – Second General or may not be given at the judge’s discretion. Session – Middle School Parade of Champions • Wednesday, July 2nd – 1:00 PM – Third General Session – High School Parade of Champions 17


FLORIDA FFA A S S O C I A T I O N

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