Canby's FFA chapter enjoyed some success and made plenty of good memories during this year's National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 27-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
After a brief stop in Chicago to do some touring, Canby's contingent got to Indianapolis and went to work.
The Canby FFA chapter was recognized in the 2021 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization with a gold star award for their work with The Canby Center.
The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters like Canby's improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
Individually, Canby's Brooke Jonas took home a 10th place finish as part of the National FFA Agriscience Fair for power, structural and technical systems.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes students who gain real-world, hands-on experiences in agricultural enterprises. Students use scientific principles and emerging technologies to solve complex problems related to agriculture, food and natural resources.
Students compete in one of six categories in the agriscience fair and under one of the six divisions—either individually or in a team.
"This year all members that attended were participating in some national event, which was a huge honor to have that many people from our chapter represented at such a high level," said Canby FFA chapter member Jessie Samarin. "Jacob Palacios was selected to play in the National FFA Band, he was the only member to represent the state of Oregon this year. Brooke Jonas placed 10th in the nation with her agriscience project that she has been working on for the past three years. Kate Williams, Jillian Schaffner, Keegan Welander, and myself placed bronze as a team (in veterinary science). The trip was a huge success and so much fun, we all realize how blessed we were to be able to attend convention this year. It was so exciting to be able to see people across the nation and have in-person conversations and connections. We shared some great laughs, good memories, and have each come home with our own takeaways from this amazing experience."
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