By Karyn Bullock | Special to the Index
Members of the Mineral Wells FFA chapter traveled to Huntsville, Friday, Dec. 6, to compete in Texas FFA Leadership Career Development Events.
Mineral Wells’s Job Interview team qualified for state competition by finishing first or second in one of the state’s 57 district competitions and first or second in one of ten area competitions.
About 5,805 total entries began the statewide-tournament in 13 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic leadership skills, which is part of the agriculture, food and natural resources curriculum.
Mineral Wells FFA placed in the top 20 out of 527 in the Job Interview Contest. Team members included Cayler Banks of Mineral Wells High School.
Banks placed in the top 20 of 527 students who entered the job interview contest state wide.
Before the contest the students have to submit a resume, cover letter and three letters of reference.
During the job interview contest the contestants complete a job application, conduct a telephone interview, a personal interview, then they must type a follow-up letter.
“We are extremely proud of Cayler and his accomplishments,” said Laura Horner, Agriculture Science Instructor at Mineral Wells High School. The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 100,000 active FFA members.
On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth.
FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.
Sam Houston State University has partnered with Texas FFA in hosting these competitions for 78 years.