A large contingent of FFA members from Wallowa County, many of whom have been awarded top honors, will attend the State FFA Convention at Oregon State University in Corvallis March 22 through 26.
Though proficiency winners will be determined at the district contest this week, 17 members - nine from the Enterprise High School chapter and eight from the Joseph High School chapter - have been named as recipients of the State FFA Degree, one of the organizations top awards. All of the winners are in their junior year of high school.
In addition, Mychal Butterfield of the Enterprise, a State FFA Degree recipient last year, is a finalist for the Star State Farmer award in Ag Placement.
State FFA Degree recipients from Enterprise this year are Beverly Bemrose, Derek Harvey, Kayann Layton, Amanda Spang, Pake Schnetzky, Lucas Stangel, Theresa Stangel and Tim Wilsey.
Joseph recipients are Ben Garnett, Caleb Howard, Colby Patton, Devin Patton, Corby Makin, Wyatt Shetler, Emily Staigle and Megan Yost.
Following is a short profile of each of the Enterprise winners' FFA activities. Joseph recipients will be featured next week.
Beverly Bemrose, 16, daughter of Carleen Sue Sasser, lists small animal production and care as her main project. She trains and takes care of Chihuahua dogs and has done this for many years.
Bemrose was parliamentary procedure team secretary in 2005 and again this year. She has participated in many other FFA activities, including Christmas tree sales and FFA creed speaking and prepared public speaking contests.
She is a member of the EHS basketball and track teams, and participates in choir, TADA (Teens Against Drugs & Alcohol) and drama.
She shows at least one Chihuahua at Wallowa County Fair in the 4-H dog show at Wallowa County Fair every year. Bemrose works at Safeway and is involved in a church youth group.
Derek Harvey, 16, son of Dennis and Diane Harvey, shows market steers at the Wallowa County Fair. He is also kept busy working on the family ranch with haying, building fences, working cattle and other related jobs.
He attended the National FFA Convention in 2005 and took part in soils judging competition and other chapter activities.
Harvey is historian of the EHS Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. He very involved in the EHS drama club/class and has acted in a number of plays, as well as participating in other drama activities. He also enjoys writing and filming movies.
Kayann Layton, 17, daughter of Ron and Rene Layton, shows a market hog at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and a lamb at the Wallowa County Fair every year.
She is treasurer of the EHS chapter, after serving as Greenhand treasurer two years ago. Last year she showed the grand champion FFA market lamb at the county fair and received the Urban award.
Layton has participated in district leadership camp, attended the national FFA convention, and works on most of the chapter fundraisers.
She is a member of FCCLA and National Honor Society. Layton is a member of the EHS volleyball, basketball and golf teams.
Christina Montgomery, 16, daughter of Julie Montgomery and Ed Gomes, has a number of FFA projects, including horse, goat, beef and swine. She breaks and trains horses and owns a small herd of Alpine dairy goats. She has shown a market swine at the county fair three years and will be showing a yearling heifer for the first time this year.
She was Greenhand sentinel as a freshman and currently serves as chapter sentinel. Montgomery has won numerous FFA awards, including the chapter's Initial Greenhand winner, the equine placement proficiency for two years, grand champion market hog at Wallowa County Fair in 2005, chapter and district equine entrepreneurship proficiency and specialty animal proficiency awards in 2006,and a number grand champion goat awards the past two years.
Montgomery is a member of the EHS track team and is an honor roll student.
She is Enterprise High School reporter, serves as president of her 4-H horse club, has been a member of the 4-H horse and dog state fair teams for several years.
She is a member of the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Court and works at Family Video and U-Bake Pizza.
Pake Schnetzky, 17, the son of Allen and Lesta Schnetzky, raises three swine each year as part of his FFA project, one to show at the Wallowa County Fair. He's also gained work experience at the Paradise Tree Farm.
Schnetzky is historian for EHS FFA chapter during the 2006-07 school. He has taken part in numerous FFA activities, including national and district conventions, soils judging, wood cutting and parliamentary procedure competition.
He is treasurer of TADA, active in the Enterprise FCCLA chapter, and participates in track.
Amanda Spang, 17, the daughter of Tim and Julie Kiesecker and Derek and Julie Spang, has several FFA projects that keep her busy. She raises Angus cattle as a beef project, with her herd consisting of two cows, two heifers, two bull calves and one steer. She also shows a market swine at the county fair every year, and at Eastern Oregon Livestock Show the past two years. She raises and shows Holland Lop rabbits, and also raises chickens and ducks and sells their eggs. She currently has 14 chicks in an incubator, some of which she'll show at this summer's county fair.
Spang is EHS chapter vice president at present and served as historian last year. She was named the chapter's Star Greenhand in 2006 and Outstanding Sophomore last year, when she won the district diversified livestock entrepreneur proficiency award.
Spang is secretary of FCCLA, and a member of the National Honor Society and the school photo club.
Lucas Stangel, 16,son of Dick and Nancy Stangel, has a swine project, taking a market hog to the Wallowa County Fair every year. His work project consists of a lawn mowing service in which he's responsible for mowing about 20 yards every summer season.
Stangel is a past winner of the chapter's turf and lawn management proficiency award, and competed at the soils contest in 2005 at the district and state level.
He is involved in most of the chapter's activities, ranging from Christmas tree sales to the FFA/FCCLA "un-hay ride wood cutting.
Stangel is junior representative of the Enterprise FCCLA chapter and a member of the National Honor Society.
He is a member of the EHS football and basketball teams, and enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding for fun.
Theresa Stangel, 16, the daughter of Bob and Nora Stangel, raises a steer and shows it at the Wallowa County Fair every year and also owns two Shiba Inu puppies for a breeding project.
Her work experience project is working for the Stangel Bison Ranch.
Stangel, who is chapter reporter, is a past winner of the chapter swine proficiency award and showed the grand champion market steer at the Wallowa County Fair in 2005.
She ranked third in the district soils judging contest. She has participated in most chapter activities, including being a member of the parli-pro team for several years.
She is president of the FCCLA chapter, was named outstanding freshman and sophomore FCCLA member and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Stangel is a member of the EHS volleyball, basketball and softball teams, and enjoys snowboarding.
Tim Wilsey, 17, son of Wes and Natalie Wilsey, lists forest management as an FFA project, which involves thinning to make the stand look better and keeping the bugs from killing the trees. He also has an ag repair project, taking care of the equipment on his family's farm.
Wilsey received chapter proficiency awards in forest management two years and also in ag mechanics in 2006.
In the vo-ag department Wilsey was named outstanding initial agriculture student at the EHS academic awards program in 2005.
Wilsey is an honor roll student.