Congratulations to the students selected as 2010 state proficiency award finalists. This is quite an honor for these students and for you as their advisor. This is your official notification of the state proficiency award interview process. Attached are four items. Please review this information carefully.


The first attached file is the list of 2010 state proficiency finalists. The second attached items is the advisor information page concerning the proficiency interview process. The third attachment is the interview schedule for Thursday, April 22. As you will notice, there will be five rooms for interviews, and each room will begin at 11:00 a.m. There will not be a general meeting for all finalists and advisors prior to the start of the interview process. I encourage you to arrive early, find the correct interview room, and allow your student to relax before they go in. A student who is late will be in jeopardy of forfeiting their right to interview, and thus forfeiting 50 points. At the Convention, Dr. DJ Sheppard will serve as the Superintendent of the proficiency interview process. Each technical team of Area Teachers will be coordinating a room of interviews. The fourth attached file is a copy of the scoring rubric used for the interview process.


When each finalist enters the interview room, they will be allowed to give a 1 minute introduction about themselves and their SAE. At the one minute mark time will be called. The judges will then be allowed to ask questions for five minutes. Questions will revolve around the finalist’s SAE and application. The applications will be scored separately. Each finalist will earn a rank based on raw scores from the application and interview. The lowest total rank will be named the state winner.


As a point of full disclosure, please be aware that any regional runner-up who was named a state proficiency finalist due to a lack of application in another region will NOT be eligible to be named the state winner. Those students are eligible to interview with the committee if they would like the experience; and they should plan to go on stage to receive their award. Only regional winners will be eligible to be named state winner in each proficiency category. Remember too, a student is only eligible to be named the state winner in one proficiency category.


Any student who could have difficulties making it to their proficiency interview due to military service or being enrolled in college in a different state should contact Dr. D.J. Sheppard and me no later than Friday, April 2. You can contact us via email at [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask].


As you review the attached material, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. The results of each proficiency area will be announced live on stage during the 3rd general session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23.


Between now and the Convention, I encourage you to have your student put some thought into their 1 minute opening statement, and do some practice interviews. The point of the interview process will be to see if the student can explain the SAE that is being represented on the paper application. For example, can they discuss the skills they have listed and the impact that developing those skills has had on their SAE? Can they explain the financial figures, and/or why certain financial decisions were made? This is not meant to be a public speaking contest, but it is meant to gauge whether or not a student can prove their role in the SAE. As you will notice on the attached information page, official dress is expected for the interview process and the on-stage award presentation.


Each finalist will be allowed to take one advisor with them on stage for the announcement of results. There will be reserved seating in the Awards Seating section on the north side of the Arena for the 3rd general session that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23. We do ask that each finalists and their advisor be in the Arena by 10:00 a.m. to find their reserved seat.


Congratulations again on this honor.  




Ben Lastly

Executive Secretary

Georgia FFA Association

316 Poultry Science - UGA

Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-8990

Fax: (706) 542-3707