Nyssa FFA

This photo shows Nyssa FFA members at the National Convention in October.

NYSSA — It’s been a busy school year for the Nyssa FFA Chapter.

This past fall, the Nyssa FFA competed in many events and competitions including Dairy Judging, Soil Evaluation, and Job Interview. Members hosted two visiting Oregon FFA State Officers and attended the National FFA Convention.

To start off the school year, the Nyssa FFA chapter competed in District Dairy Judging. The Beginning team placed first, and the Advanced team placed third. Gracie Johnson placed first overall for the Beginning team while Ivan Young placed 6th in the Advanced competition. The FFA took a very large group to the fall competitions this year. Soil Judging was also a success with the Beginning team bringing home a blue first place banner, and the Advance team placed second. The Beginning team did very well with five students placing in the top ten: Jaynee Schulthies (1st), Zachary Dougherty (3rd), Laney Hartley (4th), Zaria Parker (5th), and Maryn Wagstaff (6th). The Advanced team had three students placed in the top ten: Frank Mendes (3rd), Bryan Dorathy (6th), and Austin Romans (7th).

The state officers came to visit the Snake River District FFA Chapters. Nyssa, Vale, Adrian, Jordan Valley, Ontario, and Harper are all in the district. The FFA Chapters take the state officers to Haunted World every year. The officers had a lot of fun being scared, and meeting new FFA students. We also enjoyed having Oregon FFA State President, Josiah Cruickshank and Treasurer Keegan Gibbs in the classroom putting on workshops.

The next competition was Job Interview and Ag Sales. Abi Wachtler placed first overall in Advanced Job Interview, bringing another blue banner back to Nyssa High School.

In October, a few select students went to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN where they competed in the Farm Business Management Career Development Event. These students are Kailani Schulthies, Qyonee Mitchell, Sara Stephen, Austin Romans, Colton Rindlisbacher, and Victoria Moore. Four of the students competed in this event earning Silver Team Honors. The National FFA Farm and Agribusiness Management CDE is designed to test the ability of students to apply economic principles and concepts in analyzing farm and ranch business management decisions. Participants respond to questions concerning economic principles in farm business management as well as a problem-solving analysis section. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.

As part of the National FFA trip, these wonderful students got to spend six days in a large city. The students got to experience flying in which most of the students have never done. While the students were there, they went to two concerts that the National FFA held. The students also got to go zip-lining, attended a scream park, and traveled to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Chapter members are now gearing up for their annual FFA Awards Banquet & Auction in April.

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