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Jessie Samarin won the state Creed Speaking contest, earning her way to nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana

Several members of Canby High School's FFA chapter will pack their bags and fly out to Indianapolis, Indiana next week to attend the National FFA Convention. One of those members, sophomore Jessie Samarin, has earned the right to compete for national honors in Creed Speaking.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY FFA - Jessie Samarin, center, shows off her prizes for her first-place win in Creed Speaking at the state competition in April. From left to right are Katelyn Wing, Samarin and Lauren Iverson.The Creed Speaking competition tests young FFA members' abilities to memorize and present the FFA Creed and then answer questions on the meaning and purpose of the Creed. In the spring, as a freshman, Samarin won first place at the state competition, earning her the trip to nationals.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication Jessie has put into learning and presenting the FFA Creed," said Chapter Adviser Patty Abell. "Most people are uncomfortable presenting in front of people and Jessie, as a 15-year-old, has stepped up to the plate and delivered in front of different groups of people."

Samarin won't take credit for the confidence she projects though. Instead, she said it comes from those who support her, including Abell, her fellow chapter members and the family of Samarin's peer Jessica Matthias.

After experiencing the rush of the state competition, Samarin is ready to see what nationals has in store.

"I just am excited to see FFA on the national level," she said. "I've seen it at the state level, and it kind of amazed me, so getting to see it on an even bigger level and connect with chapters from around our nation, rather than just our state, is going to be extremely exciting I think."

Those attending the national convention with Samarin are Abell, Samarin's mother Katie Samarin and members Matthias, Kate Peters and Clara Brady. These members will represent the chapter as it receives the silver award for the National Chapter application.

The National Chapter program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Judging of the applications took place in late July, and Canby's chapter earned silver honors.

The convention takes place at the Indiana Convention Center on Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. In addition to Samarin participating in the Creed contest and members attending the National Chapter dinner, student attendees will also have the opportunity to join workshops and sessions, listen to motivational speakers, tour agriculture facilities and more.

With their attendance, Canby's students will be a part of one of the largest youth gatherings in the world, which is estimated to reach an attendance of 80,000 members this year.

Kristen Wohlers
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