Pendleton Wins National FFA Titles
PRESS RELEASE -Pendleton School District
PENDLETON, OR – A Pendleton FFA chapter member was named the winner of a 2014 National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Award, and the school’s FFA team received a bronze medal during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on Oct. 31.
Around 60,000 FFA students from around the country attended the annual convention.
Danny Paul, who started working on trucks at 9 years old and now works side-by-side with his father, Troy, servicing and repairing big rig trucks, received the National Agricultural Proficiency Award for Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance. Paul, who is a freshman at Blue Mountain Community College, is skilled in everything from oil and fluid changes to rebuilding an engine. He envisions a future as a diesel technician. The award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Universal Technical Institute. This is the first time a student from the Pendleton FFA chapter has received this honor.
In addition to Paul’s achievement, the Pendleton FFA team was named a bronze medal winner of the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event. The team was the only one from Oregon to receive a medal.
The team included Pendleton High School juniors James Bradt, Julia Livingston, Dakota McCambridge, Emily Wanous, and Kaleigh Waggoner, sophomore Chris Nickerson, and BMCC freshman Delaney Paullus.
The competitive event tests students’ knowledge of agricultural issues and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. To qualify, teams must design a presentation that addresses multiple viewpoints of a contemporary agricultural issue and present it to a number of audiences in their community. For the national event, they must present a portfolio based on their local audiences’ feedback and deliver their presentation to a panel of judges.
In addition, other Pendleton FFA members received honors. BMCC sophomore Garrett Correa received his American FFA Degree, which is the highest award a member can receive. PHS sophomores Isabelle Chapman and Annalise Oertwich placed 4th in the nation for their Social Systems Agriscience project. The only previous national winner from the Pendleton chapter was Bob Roselle – a current Pendleton School District Board member – back in 1991.
Students are considered Pendleton FFA members until they reach age 21 or receive their American FFA Degrees. Since Paul and Paullus won awards at the Oregon State FFA Convention last March during their senior years at Pendleton High School, they are still allowed to compete into their first years of college as a Pendleton FFA student.