Students who participated in the 2018 FFA Strawberry Mountain District Ag Sales and Job Interview, include, from left, top row, Carson McKay, Abby Pfefferkorn, Katie Hire, Hannah Wall, Damien Milesi, Marcus Judd and CJ Camarena; bottom row, Jessi Nolan, Shaelynn Bice, Haley Pfefferkorn and Lucas McKinley.

As fall has come to an end, Prairie City FFA would like to update everyone with what has been going on. We have had an amazing fall. We have experienced some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and made some amazing accomplishments, learning new things all the time.

We started with traveling all the way to Nashville, Tennessee, where we got to do a lot of sightseeing and learned a lot about Music City. We then traveled to Kentucky where we went to Churchill Downs to tour the facilities and learn their culture, and we even were able to watch a movie about the history of horse races. We loaded back up into our rental rigs to head for Indianapolis. While we were in Indianapolis, we got to experience the sea of blue jackets.

As National Convention ended, we had to say goodbye to our new and old friends to come home to prepare for Ag Sales and Job Interview. We were proud to bring home first place overall at the Ag Sales Career Development Event, along with Shaelynn Bice placing first in job interview and Haley Pfefferkorn falling close behind in second place. Freshman member Marcus Judd received top individual in the advertising practicum.

We went on to prepare for our annual FFA auction. We want to make sure everyone knows how thankful we are for the support and funding we have received from this county. You helped make our auction go off without a hitch.

We now are going on to prepare for Parliamentary Procedure and Public Speaking events. For Parliamentary Procedure, we will have one beginning team and one advanced team — the teams have yet to be decided. We are hoping to send both teams to state.

Parli Pro is a contest to practice running a formal meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order; it also involves debate. One of the topics that they will debate is “Should Oregon FFA support requiring a commercial driver’s license for hauling of agricultural products or livestock?” There are 20 topics. One will be drawn at random for them to debate. They will have three rounds on the floor where they will get a chance to put their skills to work, and they will have one round in chair where the chairman and secretary do most of the work. Shaelynn and Haley are both working very hard researching various ag-related topics, such as should the USDA standard definition/requirements to label products for practices such as “grass-fed” and “naturally grown”?

Abby Winegar is writing a prepared public speaking paper on holistic management. Maddy Way is writing a paper that hits home to many 4-H and FFA members of our county. She is writing on the PRRS disease. And Abbey Pfefferkorn is also writing a topic for sophomore public speaking. We also are making Christmas wreaths. We are still taking orders for wreaths. Thank you, everyone, for riding along on this fun and amazing road we are on, and we hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Abby Winegar is the Prairie City FFA reporter.


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