Seven Enterprise FFA members and three from the Joseph FFA chapter will receive their State FFA Degrees at the 82nd annual Oregon FFA Conference in Corvallis March 19-22.
Enterprise recipients are Cole Sajonia, Alex McCadden, Cade Steen, Kyle Stangel, Jared Micka, Carson Makin and Jake Nicholls; Joseph recipients are Stan and Will Cannon and Emily Howerton.
To earn the State FFA Degree requirements for each recipient include two years of records of working in an Agricultural Placement project for over 900 hours, or earned and invested $1,000 in an Entrepreneurship Supervised Ag Experience project.
Following is background information on the recipients.
ENTERPRISE CHAPTERCarson Makin, 17, a junior, son of Lynn Makin and Kim Sutton, lists working for his family in yard landscape maintenance and, more recently working for the city of Wells, Nevada, on its golf course. Since moving to Wallowa County, Makin lists work setting pipe and doing general ranch work as a work placement project. Makin was a member of FFA in Nevada before joining the Enterprise chapter this year. He was class president and his chapter's sentinel in 2008. Makin hasplayed football, basketball and golf during his high school career.
Alex McCadden, 17, a junior, daughter of Kevin and Melanie McCadden of Enterprise, is president of the Enterprise FFA chapter after serving as secretary as a sophomore. Her projects include working on the McFetridge Ranch, and showing a horse and a market steer at the Wallowa County Fair. She is a three-year member of the EHS volleyball, basketball and track teams, and is on the 2010 Chief Joseph Days Court. She is also vice president of the EHS National Honor Society and a junior class representative to FCCLA.
Jared Micka, 17, a junior, son of Brenda and Jeff Micka of Enterprise, has an FFA project showing a market hog at the county fair and also has a lawn care service, mowing lawns at Wallowa Lake and in town. When not busy with FFA activities, he is also junior class vice president and active in FCCLA. He is a member of National Honor Society and belongs to the EHS basketball, football and track teams.
Jake Nicholls, 18, a senior, son of Karen Moore of Enterprise, works for Eastern Oregon Landscape and Nursery, both in the nursery and landscaping end of the business. Last year he won the FFA district proficiency award for landscape management. Nicholls is Enterprise FFA chapter historian, and is also active in FCCLA. He is a member of student council and a member of the varsity football, wrestling and track teams.
Cole Sajonia, a junior, son of Teresa Sajonia of Enterprise, has had work experience projects at The Embers, Dollar Stretcher and currently as a courtesy clerk at Safeway Store. He participates in a wide range of FFA projects, ranging from parliamentary procedure, tree sales, district leadership camp and soil judging. Sajonia is a member of the Enterprise varsity golf team, though he was living out of state last season, and placed fourth at state as a freshman. He is a member of the Oregon Junior Golf Association.
Kyle Stangel, 17, a junior, son of Dick and Nancy Stangel, has been showing pigs at the county fair since he was a fourth grader in 4-H, and continues to show market hogs for FFA. He also lists a lawn mowing service, which he started with his brother Lucas, as an FFA project with 13 regular clients. He is a member of National Honor Society, active in FCCLA and a member of the EHS basketball, football and track teams. He was named EHS' outstanding sophomore boy last year.
Cade Steen, 18, son of Shawn and Shelly Steen, a senior, shows a market hog at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and the county fair every year, and also works as a guide and employee of the Minam Lodge guest ranch in Eagle Cap Wilderness for his parents. This last summer he also worked setting pipe and doing ranch work for Beau Botts.
He has been active in almost all chapter activities. He's also played EHS football for four years and basketball for two years and been a volunteer for such activities as trail and forestry road clean-up and Ducks Unlimited.
JOSEPH CHAPTERStanley Cannon, 17, a junior, the son of Rhonda Trullinger of Joseph and Chuck Cannon of Lost Prairie in the North End, received the Joseph chapter's Star Greenhand award as a freshman. He shows market hogs at both the county fair and Eastern Oregon Livestock Show., and works summers as a pipe changer and ranch hand for local ranchers. He enjoys fishing, hunting and woodcutting in his spare time.
Willard A. Cannon, 19, a senior, is the son of Rhonda Trullinger and Chuck Cannon. He has held the Joseph chapter office of sentinel for two years. He received the chapter Star Greenhand award as a freshman, Star Member as a sophomore and Star Chapter Farmer as a junior. His FFA projects include grounds maintenance - including mowing and irrigation - at Joseph High School and showing market hogs. This year he was team captain on JHS's wrestling squad.
Emily Howerton, 16, a junior, is the daughter of John and Lorrie Howerton of Joseph. She showed a market hog at the EOLS and county fair for the first time last year, and has also lists a FFA horse project. In addition to taking part in a variety of FFA activities, she is her 4-H horse club president and dog club secretary. This year she is on the Chief Joseph Days court. She is a member of the JHS volleyball and basketball teams, and has also taken part in track.