Canby High School senior Devin Thacker was named 2018-2019 Oregon State FFA Secretary

SUBMITTED PHOTO: PATTY ABELL - Canby senior Devin Thacker was named the 2018-2019 Oregon State FFA Secretary.It's Monday, March 26 in Redmond, Oregon. While piles of students have taken off on Spring Break adventures, Canby FFA members are huddled together in nervous excitement at the close of a successful Oregon FFA State Convention as they await the announcement of the new state officers.

"When the music started playing, Olivia Palacios and I were gripping each other so tightly," said Canby junior Lauren Iverson.

The crowd roars when Canby senior Devin Thacker is called out as the 2018-2019 Oregon State FFA Secretary.

"It was the best thing to see Devin run up on stage with tears of joy filling his eyes after he was elected," Palacios said. "I am beyond excited for him and so proud of his accomplishments."

With his election, Thacker will join the other five elected officers from across Oregon and spend the next year traveling around the state representing the FFA. They will make presentations in schools, attend functions, work closely with agricultural businesses and motivate students and adults about the importance of agriculture, according to Canby FFA Adviser Patty Abell.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: PATTY ABELL - The newly elected Oregon State FFA Officers tap the gavel at the state convention on March 26. From left to right, they are Andrew Gmirkin of Eagle Point-president, Dylan Westfall of Hermiston-vice president, Devin Thacker of Canby-secretary, Mackenzie Price of Sutherlin-treasurer, Sundee Speelmon of Adrian-reporter and Holly Silver of Bend-sentinel.

"It felt like a sixth grade dream coming true," Thacker said. "I went to my first state convention in sixth grade and saw one of my idols become a state officer. I actually got to be the same position as him so I thought that was pretty cool too. But the best feeling was that all of my ideas that I have to help others and the FFA Association could finally be put into place on a much larger scale."

Abell pointed out that Thacker's election to office has stirred up a lot of enthusiasm among the chapter members who watched him through his journey of running for office.

"We are all so proud of Devin and the accomplishment he has made," said freshman Jessica Matthias. "I'm proud to be a member of the FFA chapter that has supported him and I can't wait to see where he goes from here."

SUBMITTED PHOTO: PATTY ABELL - Canby FFA chapter took 14 members to the Oregon FFA State Convention March 23-26 in Redmond, Oregon.

In addition to Thacker's success, Canby FFA members had plenty to be excited about at the state convention. The chapter as a whole received first place in the state for their national chapter application. The application showcases the activities of the chapter from throughout the year, and with the win, they will move onto nationals in August.

Canby's full results are as follows:

2018-2019 State FFA Secretary – Devin Thacker

National Chapter Award – 1st place

Superior Chapter Award – Canby FFA

Chapter technology scrapbook – 3rd place, gold award

Chapter scrapbook – 6th place, silver award

Diversified crop production proficiency – 1st place Lauren Iverson (moving onto nationals)

Social systems agri-science project – 1st place Olivia Palacios (moving onto nationals)

FFA creed – 5th place Jessica Matthias

Job Interview – 5th place Olivia Palacios

State Degree recipients – Clarissa Chairet, Lauren Iverson, Olivia McKenie, Amanda Moses, Olivia Palacios, MaKayla Roehm, Nicole Ross and Megan Walton

Kristen Wohlers
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