County FFA members head for state convention

<p>EHS senior Brooke Greenshields is a candidate for state FFA office.</p>

Enterprise FFA members earned 11 out of 23 proficiency awards presented at the recent Eastern Oregon District competition, and will be vying for state-level awards at the Oregon FFA Convention in Hermiston, March 23-26. Ten chapters in the region were represented at district.

In addition, EHS senior Brooke Greenshields will run for a state office and senior Myranda McFetridge is competing for the Star in Agricultural Placement, one of the top six state awards.

Seven Enterprise members will also receive State FFA Degrees (see separate story).

“We had a great year. … Our students work hard to build up great projects and take pride in sharing their work through the application and interview process,” advisor Stephanie Schofield said.

She said that the Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through SAEs (Supervised Agricultural Experience) or projects, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

Categories won by Enterprise students at district are: Beef Production Placement and Diversified Agricultural Production, Myranda McFetridge; Dairy Entrepreneurship and Diversified Livestock Production, Brett Wentz; Diversified Crop Placement, Dustin Denton; Equine Science Entrepreneurship, Cody Arbogast; Equine Science Placement, Bailey Dutcher; Home and Community Development and Specialty Animal Production, Marta Stangel; Outdoor Recreation, Brooke Greenshields; and Turf Grass Management, Stephanie Simpson.

Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose projects are related to employment in an ag-related business, and entrepreneurship proficiencies are given for ownership of an agribusiness.

In addition to the Enterprise delegation, the Wallowa FFA chapter will be represented by members at state to pick up the Star Chapter Award, just a year after Wallowa received its charter.

The Joseph chapter – which has no junior class members – has one FFA degree recipient, senior Cole Warnock.

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