Klamath Basin FFA Members attend the Oregon State FFA Convention in Hermiston

Written by David Thomas, Henley FFA Co-reporter

The long bus ride to Hermiston was worth it when we arrived at Hermiston High School for the first session. All of the attending members and chaperones were introduced to the theme “Alive in Action.” State FFA Convention had many workshops; these taught the members how to better themselves and their chapters. Each retiring officer was in charge of leading one of the sessions and they delivered inspirational retiring addresses. Every time the almost 2000 members met in the session hall, there was an enriching message that reminded us of how we can better live our lives and help others. Many colleges and technical schools were at the convention to talk to the members about future careers and the paths their school offered. Henley was one of the top three contributors to the statewide canned food drive, winning the chapter $250 dollars and a community service banner. As the retiring officers gave their thanks and said goodbye to their year of service, our very own Alex Yancey took the position of State Sentinel after all of her hard work this year. After four long days of wearing official dress, the members who attended are closer together and are all looking forward to helping better our chapter with their new knowledge.

 

Henley FFA State Awards and Accomplishments:

Portfolios: Advanced – Nica Turner (silver), Beginning – Aunika Torres (silver)

Books: Treasurer (silver), Secretary (silver), Tech. Scrapbook (honorable mention), Scrapbook (gold)

2012-2013 Oregon FFA State Sentinel: Alex Yancey

1st place in Ag Youth Awareness (3 years in a row)

1st place FFA Information Test: Cathy Thomas

2nd place essay contest: Alex Yancey

Top three chapters for community service- canned food drive

Eight state degree recipients

Eight district proficiency winners

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