Sophia Ryan of St. Joseph County and the Glen Oaks College Collegiate Farm Bureau competed in the two opening rounds in the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2021 Collegiate Discussion Meet, held virtually during the FUSION Reimagined Conference March 11-13.
The Collegiate Discussion Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting, with active participation expected from each participant. Participants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it.
In each round Ryan discussed with three different collegiate students from across the US within a Zoom format the following topics:
Competitors had 24 hours to create a single-take, unedited video addressing the issues and providing possible solutions. Judges then had 24 hours to view and score the videos.
While she didn’t make the Sweet 16 cut this year, Ryan said she’s eager to compete again in future contests.
Ryan earned a spot in the AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet by winning the Michigan Farm Bureau State Collegiate Discussion Meet last October.
She earned a $150 scholarship from the CHS Foundation for competing at the national level.
Ryan is studying agriculture operations in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology at Glen Oaks Community College.