The Pendleton FFA Chapter was well represented at the Oregon FFA State Convention in Redmond on March 17-20. Seven students were finalists in Proficiency areas, ranging from Agricultural Sales to Sheep Production. District Proficiency Award winners who took their Supervised Agricultural Experiences to State included: Rylee Demianew in Agricultural Education; Crae Campbell in Agricultural Sales; Sydney Dodge in Beef Production; Madaline White in Diversified Livestock Production; Kinley McAnally in Grain Production; Kelli Nelson in Sheep Production; and Tatum Paullus in Specialty Animal Production. White was also a finalist for the State Star Farmer Award.
Alexander Krokosz competed in and got fourth in the State Talent Contest, singing his rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Students attended various leadership workshops as well as the Career Fair offered during the convention, offering ample opportunities to visit with colleges, universities, trade schools and vendors.
Sydney Dodge, Tatum Paullus, Brie Youncs and Madaline White all received their State FFA Degrees, the highest degree the Oregon FFA Association offers, based on scholarship, FFA involvement and development of a quality Supervised Agricultural Experience.
In addition to student achievements, PHS Assistant Principal Curt Thompson was recognized by the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association as their 2022 Administrator of the Year.