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Moody wins Creed Speaking CDE

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 05/20/2013 9:32 AM

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LA PORTE CITY, Iowa —Cole Moody wasn't sure he wanted to try the Creed Speaking Career Development Event, but he knew his FFA advisor Louis Beck wanted him to do it, and his parents also wanted him to get involved. With their encouragement, he gave it a try.

Moody, a freshman member of the LaPorte Dysart FFA Chapter at Union High School in La Porte City, said he started memorizing the five-paragraph creed phrase by phrase and then brought the paragraphs together.

Once he had that down, he studied questions related to the creed's meaning and purpose.

At the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, he had to deliver the FFA Creed from memory and then answer a question from each of three judges. He was scored for his overall presentation and on how well he answered the questions.

Moody said he was surprised when he learned that he won. He was on stage with three other finalists, and as the placings were announced, he realized he was the only one left.

"Cole is the best creed speaker I've ever had," said Louis Beck, La Porte Dysart agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor.

"Going over the creed and working with the questions gave me an appreciation for the people in agriculture and the different things that they have to go through so that we can live a normal life," said Moody, who is not from a farm. "In addition to growing our food, they produce fuel, fiber and help produce vaccines. I began to understand how big an impact agriculture has on any person's every day life."

Moody will represent Iowa in Creed Speaking at the National FFA Convention in the fall.

"I'm excited about that now, but I'm sure I'll be nervous as it gets closer," Moody said.

Moody is appreciative of all the help he received from Beck, from fellow FFA member Natalie Hanson, from others at school and his family.

"That really did help," he said.