The University of Mount Olive to Host 2015 Southeast Region FFA Rally

The University of Mount Olive to Host 2015 Southeast Region FFA Rally

MOUNT OLIVE- “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” That is the motto of the National FFA organization. On Monday, May 4th FFA members from across the southeast region will live out the FFA motto by attending the Southeast Region FFA Rally hosted by the University of Mount Olive.

Not only is the University of Mount Olive serving as the host for the rally, but the institution is also providing the judges for leadership competitions. There are 31 schools and 450 FFA members and advisors projected to attend in order to compete, learn, and serve with fellow FFA members.

The event will include competitions that will provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills in a variety of categories. The competitions include parliamentary procedure, creed, prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, job interview, ag mechanics, forestry, talent, introduction to horticulture, floriculture, and nursery landscape. The winners of each competition will proceed to compete against other regional winners at the state level.

Career development events will be held at the new Goodson Wells Ag Mechanics Shop, Raper Hall, and in Pope Wellness Center.  The forestry contest will be held at the Cliffs of the Neuse and managed by the staff from the NC Forest Service and the state park with assistance of FFA advisors from the southeast region.  UMO Collegiate FFA members will assist with all aspects of the day-long event.

Dr. Sandra Maddox, the UMO division chair of agriculture and director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center, is thrilled for UMO to have the opportunity to host and participate in such a rewarding event.

“We are very excited to host the SE Regional FFA Rally here at the University of Mount Olive this year. This is an event that brings together FFA members to compete in a variety of leadership and technical competitions,” said Maddox. “The competition is fierce and the winners are sent on to compete with other regions at the state level.  The real challenge for the day rests with who will be tasked with determining the best of the best in the various competitions. These judges are members and supporters of our agricultural community and without their willingness to serve it would make this effort very challenging.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit