Thoughts During Opening Ceremony

Hawkins FFA(Hawkins FFA) Opening ceremonies are the start of all of your typical meetings. The officer team usually starts off by getting the procedures out-of-the-way, and try to get the crowd fired up. Sometimes opening ceremonies are fun, while other times, they can be super boring. I know that we would have to give our opening ceremony before we could eat at my old chapter’s banquet. The officers would be starving and we would try to rush it so we could eat. Later on we would be standing in the back of the line, because officers eat last!

State and National FFA Conventions have lasers, light shows and music. At most chapter banquets, you don’t get the Hollywood package so you have to improvise. It’s sometimes hard to catch kids attention with just standing there saying lines, without all of the lights and music.

If you’re participating in opening ceremonies, chances are you’ve had a few of these thoughts.

  • “I should’ve ate before this. My stomach is going to growl and you’ll be able to hear it in the microphone.”
  • “Come on guys, say your lines faster. I’m starving.”
  • “I think my panty hose are starting to rip. Great I’m going to look so unprofessional.”
  • “I think my slacks are navy blue, not black.”
  • “Why can’t I stop staring at my slacks now?”
  • “Dress shoes are not comfortable. I don’t know how people where these things all day.”
  • “My mom deserves and award for ironing skills.”
  • “I wonder what FFA official dress would’ve looked like if instead of black slacks, we could wear yellow.”
  • “This corduroy is so hot. It’s like a sauna in here.”
  • “I just forgot all of my lines. I’ve been doing this for four years and my mind is blank.”
  • “I’m ready for this to be over.”
  • “What if I fall off this stage?”
  • “Standing behind this podium makes me feel important.”
  • “That’s right, I’m the Rising Sun!”
  • “The Vice President has so many lines!”
  • “My mom seriously takes so many pictures.”
  • “FFA is life.”
  • “This is my last opening ceremony and I’m not going to cry.”
  • “I can’t believe I’m crying right now because it’s my last opening ceremony.”
  • “I’m going to miss this jacket.”
  • “I wonder if my mom can make my jacket into a pillow so I can take it to college with me when I graduate.”
  • “It’s finally my time to shine!”
  • “I bleed blue and gold/green and white.”
  • “I wonder who came up with the 4 H’s.”
  • “My ag teacher really has his lines down. I guess 20 years saying the same thing over and over again makes it a no brainer.”
  • “One day I’ll be the keynote speaker talking about doing opening ceremonies.”
  • “I hate that echoing sound that the microphone keeps making.”
  • “One day I could be President of the United States, not just a chapter.”
  • “Standing by this ear of corn makes me hungry.”
  • “I’m ready for when we all stand up to tell why we are here.”
  • “My favorite part about being President is having a gavel.”
  • “What is my FFA/4-H Chapter again? I’m so nervous.”
  • “I wonder if the secretary really counted to see how many members were here.”
  • “I’m going to count and see how many are here.”
  • “Why do I keep making awkward eye contact with people?”
  • “I can’t believe he wrote his lines on his hand.”
  • “I wonder if the Sentinel used hand sanitizer after shaking so many hands. It is flu season.”
  • “I want to make a tunnel and run through it, just like State Convention.”

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