The Oregon FFA was well represented by over 500 students from Oregon at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention, which was held October 30-November 2 in Indianapolis.  It is approximated that 70,000 FFA members, advisors, and guests attended the Convention, which is the largest youth organization gathering in the United States. 

For the second year in a row, Oregon had a member elected to National Office. Past State President, Kourtney Lehman was elected the 2019-20 National FFA Secretary on Saturday. Kourtney is a current student at Oregon State University and past FFA member from Baker. Her advisors are: Bibiana Gifft and Nicole Merchant at Baker and Seth Bingham, currently at North Powder.

Shea Booster retired as the National FFA Western Region Vice President. Shea is a past Oregon FFA State President and a member from the Bend Chapter. His advisor is Ms. Traci Dulany, current Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor at Eagle Point. You can watch Shea’s Retiring Address here.

Oregon FFA Delegates were Josiah Cruikshank, Bend; Riley Davis, Jefferson; Deidre Schreiber, Enterprise; Keegan Gibbs, Heppner; Olivia Palacios, Canby; Ellie Hanson, Silverton. Each served on a delegate committee and represented Oregon FFA during the business meetings.

Oregon had four individuals receive their Honorary American Degree Recipients – Mr. Daniel Bolen, Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor at Elgin in Eastern Oregon; Brian Field, Owner & President of Harvest Capital Company and a member of the Oregon FFA Foundation Board of Directors; and Doug & Sally Booster, Parents of Retiring National Officer, Shea Booster.

American FFA Degrees:

  • Austin Baker, Bend
  • Riley Baker, Elgin
  • Wayne Barnett, Newberg
  • Kailee Benedict, North Clackamas
  • Aspen Birkmaier, Imbler
  • Ashlee Kaye Brinton, Baker
  • Augustena Cook, Baker
  • Levi Crabtree, Tillamook
  • Amber Cripps, Rogue River
  • John Cross, Molalla
  • Haylee Crowe, Eagle Point
  • Abigayle Darula, Newberg
  • Catylynn Duff, Culver
  • Katelyn Duggan, Bend
  • Ezekiel Elmer, Cove
  • Sam Rose Fessler, Imbler
  • Nicolas L Freeman, Oakland
  • Isaac Furtney, Baker
  • David Gladman, Crater
  • Andrew Gmirkin, Eagle Point
  • Chance Greene, Redmond
  • Ethan Greer, Irrigon
  • Kylie Holveck, Newberg
  • Megan Hufford, North Powder
  • Artemy Ivanov, Molalla
  • Travis Jalbert , Redmond
  • Lorissa Bryn Johnson, Cove
  • Alex Lindsay, Heppner
  • Scottie Loree, Cove
  • Duncan Mackenzie, Baker
  • Alicia Maldonado, Baker
  • Audrey Marchek, Vale
  • Hannah McAuliffe, Lost River
  • Halie McCloud, Molalla
  • Trevor McFetridge, Enterprise
  • Bryan Meakins, Irrigon
  • Mary Louise Mitchelldyer, North Clackamas
  • Samantha Moore, Molalla
  • Maddi Muilenburg, Weston-McEwen
  • Madalyn Jo Neuschwander , Central Linn
  • Emily J Nix, Oakland
  • Morgan Orem, Ione
  • Paige Petersen, Bonanza
  • Mackenzie Price, Sutherlin
  • Kendyl Puller, Bend
  • Zoe Reeder, Rogue River
  • Jessica Rhoades, Molalla
  • Gabriel Rosales, Baker
  • Holly Silvey, Bend
  • Sundee Speelmon, Adrian
  • Katelyn Stirewalt, Imbler
  • Michael Kai Taipin, Henley
  • Emily Taylor, Ione
  • Devin Thacker, Canby
  • Derek Thompson, Imbler
  • Lee Wesenberg, Sutherlin
  • Dylan Westfall, Hermiston
  • Karley Witten, Cove

National Chapter:

  • 2 Star – Adrian, Canby, Imbler, & Sutherlin
  • 1 Star – Baker, Central, Elgin, & Lost River

Career Development Event Results:

  • Ag Communications – Sandy: Gold, 9th
  • Ag Issues – Molalla: Bronze
  • Ag Mechanics – Crater: Silver. Team member Sam Droesch placed 7th in the event.
  • Ag Sales – Sandy: Silver
  • Agronomy – Hermiston: Bronze
  • Conduct of Chapter Meetings – Echo: Bronze
  • Creed Speaking – Jesse Samarin, Canby: Bronze
  • Dairy Cattle Evaluation – Dallas: Silver
  • Dairy Cattle Handler – Morgan Smith, Dallas: Silver
  • Environmental/Natural Resources – Sutherlin: Gold, 5th. Team members Nolan Carson placed 3rd and Regan Leatherwood placed 10th individually.
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking – Gabe Tambellini, Rogue River: Silver, Top 16
  • Farm Business Management – Nyssa: Silver
  • Floriculture – Rogue River: Silver, 16th
  • Food Science & Technology – Hermiston: Gold, 7th
  • Forestry – Sutherlin: Silver
  • Horse Evaluation – Molalla: Silver
  • Job Interview – Quinn Coomer, Baker: Bronze
  • Livestock Evaluation – Eagle Point: Silver. Team member Tyler Gifford placed 10th in the event.
  • Marketing Plan – North Clackamas: Silver, 8th
  • Meats Evaluation & Technology – Echo: Gold, 13th
  • Milk Quality – Santiam Christian: Gold, 8th
  • Nursery/Landscape – Dayton: Bronze
  • Parliamentary Procedure – Dayton: Bronze
  • Poultry Evaluation – North Clackamas: Gold, 10th
  • Prepared Public Speaking – Gracie Krahn, Santiam Christian: Silver; 6th
  • Veterinary Science – Redmond: Gold, 7th

National Agriscience Fair Finalists:

  • In the Area of Plant Systems
    • Division 5 – Zenas (Yu Xie), Burnt River – Silver
  • In Food Products & Processing Systems
    • Division 5 – Tia Wick, North Clackamas – Silver, 9th Place
  • In Power. Technical, and Social Systems
    • Division 5 – Ethan (Viet Bui), Burnt River – Gold
  • In Social Systems
    • Division 3 – Savanna Stillwagner, Rogue River – Silver

Other Accomplishments Include:

  • Outstanding Alumni Chapter Finalist – Scio FFA Alumni & Friends
  • National FFA Alumni Advisory Committee Appointment – Tom Rutledge, Sandy
  • Flag Bearer – Deidre Schreiber, Enterprise
  • National FFA Band Members – Katelyn Iversen, Henley & Patton Wright, Weston McEwen

For a complete listing of National Convention winners, visit