Hermiston FFA brings home national honors

<p>The Hermiston FFA Agriculture Communications team placed 3rd in the nation at last the National FFA Convention recently in Indianapolis.  From left to right, the team consisted of Nolan West, Jordyn Rohrman, Patrick Linnell, Caitlynn Barton, Rebecca Walker and advisor Leah Smith.</p>

Members of the Hermiston FFA Chapter recently placed in the top 10 at two events at the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Hermiston finished third in agricultural communications and seventh in advanced prepared public speaking career development events.

The agricultural communications contest puts students in a mock press conference where they gather information to write a news story, a press release, produce a broadcast segment, make a graphic and, at nationals, design a website.

In addition to the practical application, students participate in an editing exercise and communications quiz. They also construct project proposals for a 15-minute presentation on innovative agricultural practices, management techniques and marketing tools.

The team — Caitlynn Barton(press release) , Patrick Linnell(website), Jordyn Rohrman(graphic design), Rebecca Walker (news writer), and Nolan West (broadcast) — received third-place overall, beating teams from 33 states. Barton, Linnell and Walker all received gold in their practicums while West and Rohrman placed silver.

Michael Wallace placed seventh in the nation in Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Events (CDE). Wallace won the Oregon State Public Speaking CDE in March that qualified him to compete at the National Convention with his speech on algae fuel.

“The National FFA Convention is a trip of a lifetime for FFA members. Whether students are competing or just attending for the leadership opportunities, it’s an event that opens students’ eyes to possibilities of life and truly gets their heads thinking about what they’re going to do,” Leah Smith, Hermiston FFA advisor, said. “The Hermiston FFA will continue to work towards student success and achievement in the agriculture industry through academic and hands-on applications.”

FFA auction set Nov. 12

The Hermiston FFA annual auction and dinner will be held Nov. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Hermiston High School.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Hermiston FFA, which will host the 2012 Oregon State FFA Convention next March.

Tickets for the dinner auction are $15 at the door, and reserved tables for eight can also be purchased for $100.

Admission to the auction only is free.

For more information about the FFA dinner or the state convention, contact Emily Herringshaw at emily.herringshaw@hotmail. com or by calling 541-944-1701.

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