It's beginning to look a lot like Proficiencies!

We know that you are winding down for the holidays but wanted to go ahead
and get your predictions on proficiency application your students will have
turned in February 3rd 2020!

OUR SOUTH REGION GOAL is to be a consistent competitor with our student's
SAEs on the state level *(which means 20 state wins)*. Please review the
past tips/information at the bottom of this email to help you with your
students applications. Also the quality of applications has increased over
the past few years due to the judging process that the South Region has in
place. Using Agriculture Teachers to judge the applications helps with
instruction of students filling out applications in the future. Please take
the opportunity to learn more by judging. The link to sign up to serve to
judge is below. Judging will take place on  *February 5th in Tifton.*

*Yes I will help judge!

Again, we would like for you to take a few moments to complete the form on
the link below for each proficiency application that you *intend* to submit
to the South Region office for the current school year. This worked
extremely well the last four years and helped our region have the
most proficiency applications advance to the state level judging and fill
categories that were lacking an entry. Our goal is to have ALL areas filled
with one of OUR South Region FFA Members!

Please complete each box in the google document no later than January 31st
and submit the actual application to our office by* Monday, February 3rd,
2020.*  All proficiency applications are due in the South Region Office by
February 3rd. *No late applications will be accepted.*  *This is a due by
date, not a postmark deadline.*

We will use this google document to check off your standard for turning in
a proficiency application against the actual applications turned in to the
office on February 3rd.

If you send your application in electronically. It must be *one* email per
proficiency application and in a pdf format. If you have
multiple proficiency applications you will have multiple emails. *EACH

You must complete one of these forms for each application / student you
intend to submit via the link below through the google doc forms.  Please
contact the South Region Office if you have questions or concerns.

You must click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form for your entry to be

*Please note there are some category changes for this year

- Gain Production E/P (together)

- Home.Community is now Service Learning (please read new description)

- No Food Science Technology

*Proficiency Sign Up HERE

*Thank you for your submissions and please call on us anytime for help! *

Below are some helpful tips in getting those applications looking like
STATE WINNERS! Use these tips to help you -- THEY WORK!!!!

1. *USE THE RUBRIC* - When the student starts his/her work hand them a hard
copy of the rubric (which is attached and can be found of the National FFA
website) The judges receive this same piece of paper to score the
applications. Try to make sure that every aspect that is being judged is in
the highest points. Please note that there are 3 rubrics -
placement/ownership, combine and research; choose the one that best fits
the type of project that the student has been working with.

2. *FILL THE BLANK SPACE* - If the space is provided USE IT! My AG teacher
made me go back, and back AND BACK until I had the whole space full. Do you
know what that does? Provides more detail. Which gives you more points. It
also allows the judges to feel like the project is real. I always made my
students fill the spaces. It's like pulling teeth sometimes but will be
worth it in the end when they receive that $500 check to go to Nationals,
prize money on top of that from Nationals just for winning state and the GA
FFA Foundation check to your students for their hard work.

3. *DETAILS* - Tractor name, make and model, fertilizer brand, exact
measurements, numbers, number NUMBERS; these are all aspects that students
do not think about. That's where you come in to play. Read over
the application and circle places that need more detail and hand it back to
the students. The space maybe filled but not with details. Details win!

4. *PICTURES* - With the new system horizontal pictures are best. Action
shots! The student actually working is great! Avoid: hats, sunglasses, long
hair in the face and dark pictures. These pictures bring the project to
life. They are not worth a ton on the new rubric but sure do tell the
story. Start in the summer taking pictures. This gives you a wide variety
of activities, colors, weather and* clothing*.

5. *CAPTIONS* - Do not start the captions with: *In the picture* or *I
am. *Just
avoid I all together. Try to use the space and talk about the skills being
shown in the picture. Or maybe even why what the student is doing is
important. Also fill the space!

6. *EXTRA PAGE *- This page needs to be something that adds to
the application.For example: an Extra page of data collected. Reports from
an experiment. Copies of soil samples that were referred to in
the application. A flier used to drum up business for their piglets etc. In
the past I have also taken all the articles that highlighted how great the
student was made them smaller and put them all together in a collage type

7. *THE LOOK *- Be sure that you take the extra time to print the
applications in color and have them in a folder. Not a 3 ring binder but a
three pronged folder. If you don't have a National FFA Application binder
that is alright. Stop by Walmart on your way to the office and pick up one
they have some that are very similar.

*NOW let's get OUR 20 - this is a TEAM EFFORT! We will need ALL chapters
performing at their HIGHEST LEVEL to achieve at least 20*
*WE ARE SOUTH REGION - **WE ARE AGRICULTURE  - now let's show it off! *

*Trisha Rae Lastly *
*South Region Agriculture Education *
*Area Horticulture Teacher *
*2802 Moore Hwy - ABAC 34*
*Tifton, GA 31793*
*Cell: 229-894-0507*
*Office: 229-386-3428*