Creed Speaking LDE


The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The Creed is recited by FFA members as part of the requirements to earn the Greenhand FFA Degree. The purpose of the Creed speaking career development event is to develop the public speaking abilities of freshman FFA members as well as develop their self-confidence and contribute to their advancement in the FFA degree program.

General Information

  1. Each district shall select two Greenhands as state competitors for the Creed speaking career development event.
  2. The state Creed speaking career development event will be held Wednesday during the State FFA Convention.
  3. Contestants must be freshmen, if from a four-year agriculture education program, or a sophomore if from a three-year agriculture education program.
  4. The state winner will present the Creed during the convention session immediately following the announcement of the winner.
  5. The state winner will be eligible to compete at the National FFA career development event as long as they are a freshman (9th) grade FFA member.

Event Rules

  1. It is highly recommended that participants wear FFA Official Dress for this event.
  2. Three to eight competent and impartial persons will be selected to judge the event. At least one judge should have an agricultural/FFA background.
  3. Any participant in possession of any electronic device is subject to disqualification.

Event Format

  1. The event will include an oral presentation and answering critical thinking questions directly related to the Creed. Each participant will be asked three questions per round with a five minute total time limit. The questions used will change as the participant progresses to final round of the event. The questions will be formulated annually by the Creed speaking career development event committee and will avoid two part questions. Sample questions will not be available prior to the event.
  2. Members will present the Creed from the current year’s Official FFA Manual.
  3. The event will be a timed activity with four minutes for presentation. After four minutes, the participant will be deducted 1 point for every second over set time.
  4. The state event will be conducted in two rounds: preliminary (consisting of 7 speakers per section) and finals (4 participants). The top two speakers from each preliminary section will advance to the finals. The top two speakers from the semifinal sections will advance to the final round. No ranking will be given except for the final four. Comment cards for all participants will be distributed at the registration area following the announcement of the results on state.
  5. Event officials will randomly determine the speaking order. The room facilitator will introduce each participant and chapter in order of the drawing. No props are to be used. Applause shall be withheld until all participants have spoken.
  6. Each participant must recite the Creed from memory. Each participant shall begin the presentation by stating, “The FFA Creed by E.M. Tiffany.” Each CDE participant should end the presentation with the statement, “... that inspiring task. Thank you.” Additional introductory or concluding remarks will result in accuracy deductions as indicated on the scorecard.
  7. Participants will be held in isolation until their presentation. Participants will not be allowed to have contact with any outside persons.
  8. At the time of the event, the judges will be seated in a designated section of the room in which the event is held. They will score each participant on the delivery of the Creed, using the score sheet provided.
  9. Timekeepers will be designated to record the time used by each participant in delivering his/her speech. Content accuracy judges will record the number of recitation errors during delivery.
  10. When participants have finished the presentation and answering of questions, each judge will total the score of each speaker. The timekeepers’ and accuracy judges’ records will be used in computing the final score for each participant. The judges’ score sheets will then be submitted to event officials to determine final ratings of participants.
  11. Participants will be ranked in numerical order on the basis of the final score to be determined by each judge without consultation. The judges’ ranking of each participant then will be added, and the winner will be that participant whose total ranking is the lowest. Other placings will be determined in the same manner (low point score method of selection).


  1. Ties will be broken based on the greatest number of low ranks. Participant’s low ranks will be counted and the participant with the greatest number of low ranks will be declared the winner.
  2. If a tie still exists, then the event superintendent will rank the participant’s response to questions. The participant with the greatest number of low ranks from the response to questions will be declared the winner. If a tie still exists then the participant’s raw scores will be totaled.
  3. The participant with the greatest total of raw points will be declared the winner.


  1. District- at the districts' discretion.
  2. State:
    • 1st place- $100 and plaque
    • 2nd place- $50 and plaque
    • 3rd place- $25 and plaque
    • 4th place- $25 and plaque