The 2015 - 2016 FFA State Convention was held March 18 - 21 at Oregon State University. This year, fourteen students - six competing, four on committees, and four for other purposes - from our chapter and more than 2,000 from the entire state attended the event. Many topics, from not taking the little things for granted to letting our own light shine, were covered as the current State Officer team presented their retiring addresses. Members were also given the pleasure of hearing a presentation from National Vice President Abrah Meyer.
State degrees and Proficiencies were also presented at Convention. A total of eight people from Sutherlin earned their State degrees this year, and one person was awarded a Proficiency award. Bryson Price, one of this year’s graduating seniors, won the Home and Community Build Proficiency and was also awarded the STAR Award, the highest Proficiency that an individual can achieve at the state level.
The 2016 - 2017 State and District Officer teams were comprised as well. Both Mackenzie Price and Lee Wesenberg became District Officers, with Mackenzie as District Secretary and Lee taking District Reporter. Sutherlin is also proud to announce that our very own Bryson Price was given the seat of State Sentinel.
Another highlight of State Convention this year was the State level Prepared and Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDEs. Bryson Price took part in Prepared Public Speaking and took home a white banner after placing third. Colby Hobgood and Lukas Roman both participated in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Lukas grabbed a red banner, placing second overall. In a usual scenario, Lukas would stop there, with only the first place winner going on to Nationals, but the first place winner has opted out of going, so Lukas will continue his Extemp skills at the National FFA Convention in his place.
They weren’t the only people competing at State this year. Sutherlin FFA also had a marketing team give a presentation. Cassidy Leatherwood, Tristan Vincent, and Mackenzie Price took part in that CDE, and took home some skills to help later in life.
All-in-all, the 2015 - 2016 Oregon State Convention was a blast, with everyone taking home something to illuminate them. Awesome job to all participants and congratulations to all who placed!